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Welcome! To get started, please watch the video below by clicking the button titled “Getting Started (video)”. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email support@transcriptionpanda.com. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

The pay rates vary. But, as a general rule, they are generally going to pay $0.50 per audio minute of transcription (e.g. transcribing Spanish audio to Spanish text). Translation jobs involve both transcribing the audio and translating it for a total pay of $1.50 per audio minute. There may be some adjustments like more pay for audio files that are more difficult. Each job that is listed through the “View Jobs” button above will show you what the pay per minute and total pay of a particular job is. That way you know in advance what you are going to make for each job.

All work completed and submitted by Sunday at 11:59pm Eastern Time will get paid out on Monday (the following day). Payments are processed either via Upwork or via PayPal, depending on your preference. If you are getting paid via Upwork, once the contracted has started, you do not need to set up a separate milestone for each job. Rather, we’ll look at what jobs have been completed, then activate the milestone and pay it out at the same time on Monday. That way we don’t have to communicate back and forth every time you take a job. If you have questions on this, reach out to Steve at support@transcriptionpanda.com.

You should only take one job at a time.

You have 24 hours to complete the job. Please manage your time well.

Please click the “Getting Started (video)” button at the top of the page. This video explains how to do both of those.

This is a very important question. Please click the “Style Guide” button at the top of the page to review our transcription guidelines and formatting requirements.

You can use any software you like, as long as it isn’t web-based. You should not upload any audio or video files to other websites, because it violates our privacy policy. Express Scribe and InqScribe are probably the more popular software programs.

If you’re interested in learning more, these short videos will probably be very helpful:

Note: The only thing that the free version of InqScribe doesn’t let you do is save your work. You will need to backup and edit your final document in Word, or another word processor. The main purpose of this kind of software is not for editing, but to save you considerable time while transcribing.

Additionally, we highly recommend the use of headphones. You do not need an expensive pair — if anything, noise canceling is more effective for accuracy than high definition headphones.


Reach out to Steve at support@transcriptionpanda.com with any further questions or any suggestions you have. Thank you!