Transcription, captioning, and translation.
Summary is a platform that hires freelancers for work in transcription, captioning, and translation.

Pay depends on which of the three you choose and on your speed. Captioners, for example, get $.045 – $0.75 per video minute. Rev claims that the average captioner takes home $240/ month, with top earners making $1,500/ month. This of course depends on several factors, but generally you can work as little or as much as you want.

How To Use It:

Rev’s application process can be a bit strict, and there are a few steps to the application. First you fill out a quick form, and Rev sends you the first task. After an introduction to either captioning, transcription, or translation (depending on what you’ve chosen), and using their style guide, you are given a short trial assignment. Complete and wait for a review. If you make it past the first task, you will be given two more, slightly more difficult ones. There is a short waiting period (no more than a day) before you are informed if you have been approved as a freelancer. If you are, you can start earning immediately.

Recommended For:

This is probably best used as a source of beer money. It is too time/attention consuming to be incredibly lucrative, although the more you do it you receive bumps in pay and opportunities to make more. Some use Rev in their free time to cover the cost of their social life, but if they are to be believed then people who are willing to do this pretty seriously could be making ~$750/month.

  • You can take on as a many jobs as you want as long as you can complete them on time – there’s no cap.
  • Payments are accurate, timely, and done with Paypal every Monday.
  • Once you have completed 80 minutes of captioning you receive a 20% increase per video minute.
  • Open schedule, though there are certain times when a greater number of projects are available to choose from. Work as much or as little as you choose.
  • Make sure stay to on top of your projects because they matter for your metrics. If your metrics fall below a certain threshold, you will not be able to continue working for Rev.
  • In the beginning, the amount of time you put in to each project will probably not be proportional to the amount of money you can make, which can be discouraging.
  • Entry can be difficult. One article (without citation), reported the acceptance rate at just 10%.
Things To Know:
  • In captioning work, you earn more per minute for longer videos and videos with a greater degree of difficulty.
  • The more you work with Rev the more efficient you become.
  • There are time limits on projects, and some are significantly more difficult than others. It is important to understand how long a project will take, and not to take on projects that you don’t have time to complete.
  • Rev claims that on average rookies make $30/month. Once you’ve completed 80 minutes earnings go up to $120/month, and if you are dedicated and efficient then it could be $750/month. We haven’t yet been given a reason to dispute this, though it obviously depends on how much time you put it.
  • Rev’s forum for tips and tricks from other freelancers is actually quite useful.


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3 reviews

  1. Low pay but steady work.

    I work with Rev regularly but the pay is really low. The most I have made on some jobs is $1/min. The exchange rate for me is quite good, so it works out, but I won’t do some of the lower paying jobs. It is really nice to have that security of always having work when / if you have a slow period. They also pay weekly without fail, which is also nice.

    There are currently 1000+ jobs available, with a couple at $1/min, so the work is steady.

  2. Filler

    For me Rev is a filler for when I don’t have other work. The pay is low, averaging of .52/minute. The draw is being able to preview jobs ahead of time and pick a subject I like, and the forum is helpful. I nabbed one yesterday for .62/min with crystal clear audio. It’s still higher than some other companies like TranscribeMe.

  3. Good place to start

    – Excellent “training” for aspiring transcriptionists.
    – Hires newbies.
    – Rates work out to an acceptable rate of pay once you get the hang of it and achieve “Revver” or “Revver+” status (most of the time).
    – Usually lots of work available.
    – With sometimes thousands of files to choose from, subject matter can be really fun!
    – There’s a fun message board to build a sense of community
    – Ability to preview files before claiming them.
    – Your account stays open even if you go months without completing any work for them, so it’s always there as a “backup.”
    – No software or equipment required. If you have internet access and can type quickly, you can work for Rev if you pass their test.

    – Pay is on the lower end; even when working in “Revver+” status, most files pay $0.45 – $0.60 per audio minute (some are as high as $0.90/audio minute, but those are pretty rare).
    – Short turnaround time.
    – High pressure and little leniency (the site seems to be run mostly by algorithms and it’s impossible to get leniency when unexpected situations come up).
    -MAJOR CON: No payment if you miss the deadline, even if you have completed 90% of the file and you can’t turn in partially completed files (automatic termination).
    – Audio quality ranges from atrocious to fantastic; sometimes a file starts out nicely and then halfway through the quality takes a nosedive, and you’re stuck with completing it or taking a hit on your metrics (which determine your pay and status).
    -Their style guide changes frequently, and you may miss updates, which can negatively impact your metrics on graded projects.

    Bottom line: I think this is a great place to start if you’re a newbie or you’re curious about transcribing as a career. I would consider it a “paid training experience.” Once you are hitting the industry’s 4:1 ratio (meaning when it takes you four hours or less to transcribe one hour of audio), then you’re probably ready to branch out and find a better company or pursue private clients.

    You CAN earn “okay” money with Rev. I’ve been working with them for a year now, and I average between $10 and $12 per actual hour of work, but sometimes still get stuck with a horrible file that works out to less than minimum wage (although I also get files that work out to $20+ an hour from time to time). It took me about a month before I consistently made over minimum wage with Rev.

    Finally, I would avoid captioning for them. The amount of work is almost double that of transcribing and they only pay a tiny bit more per audio minute. Not worth it, in my opinion.

    Oh, one more thing. The company that owns Rev has been rolling out a voice-recognition program that they’ve just started marketing. That’s a little suspect, in my opinion, given that if voice recognition ever improves to the point of usability, this career path will be seriously threatened.

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