08 August 2010

Transcription and Editing

I was recently asked to transcribe a long and rambling interview and edit out the 'unimportant bits'. I think the client was under the impression that I would be able to edit the audio as I typed it. Unfortunately this was not the case; it would have been impossible to edit the transcript from the audio. Instead I had to transcribe the audio in its entirety and then go through it on screen to edit out what I deemed to be the 'unimportant bits' (tricky).

As I offer transcription services and editing is not something that I am normally asked for, I was unsure of what I should charge for this service. However, I came across this page at the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), which sets out suggested minimum rates for freelancers. I found this page useful as a guide so I am sharing it with you.


  1. I did some transcription for the first time, and did not know how much to charge or how to breakdown of separate services. Thanks for the link. It was helpful.

  2. Thanks for your comment. It's good to know that you found the link useful.