15. Try REV’ing Up Your Side Hustle

Recently, I read a blog on a site that would pay me to translate a video’s audio into text to be used as captioning for that video.  The site, Rev.com, advertises you can apply to fulfill one of three positions: trascriptionist, captioner and translator.

Always interested in what others are doing for a side hustle, I thought I would check it out.  Trascriptionist and captioner pay by the length of video you are working with.  The pay at the time of this writing ranges from $.40- $.75 per minute.  Translator pays $.05 – $.07 per word.

The Application

To give you an idea of the application process, I will walk through a high level view and opinion of my experience as I applied as a captioner.

I felt the application process was pretty straight forward with the process of the position.  It explained the expectations and highlighted common mistakes to avoid when doing your captioning.  You do have to take a speed test for your internet connection as well as take a typing test.  I tested at 59 wpm.  I then went through their tutorial.  After completing their tutorial, they explain to set aside 1 to 3 hours to complete their test.  The test basically consisted of watching a video and typing the dialogue.  Once the dialogue has been typed, you go back and set the timing, making sure your typed dialogue is synced up with the vocals in the video itself.  Once this is complete, you submit and the application is done.

The Wait

I received an email immediately after submitting my application.  It basically said applications were reviewed on as they come in and it could take up to two days for me to hear back from them.  Surprisingly, I received the an email within an hour to go through the next steps of the application process.

Continuing The Application

Once I got past the first test, I received an email to go through two more ‘best practices’ walk-through videos and complete two more test videos.  I have to say that the 3rd and final was a bit challenging.  The speakers spoke fast, there was quick transition between speakers, you had to add the component to raise the captioning to the top of the screen and there was one spot that I really could not understand what the speaker was saying.  I probably rewound it a dozen times.

Overall Thoughts At This Point

Though I have not been accepted as of yet (it’s only been 1 day since I completed the testing phase), I am going to continue going through this process to try it out.  It would be a lie if I told you I wan’t just a tad hesitant.  With the challenge of audio quality and clarity of speech (or lack of) from the speakers, I already wonder if the pay will be worth the challenge.  I am not writing it off just yet. I am hopeful that just like a lot of things, practice and improving your skills will make it more worth the pay.  Time will tell.

My Research

I figure if I am going to invest my time into something, I better get as much information I can.  I read many mixed reviews about regarding Rev.  Here are some of the results of my research.


  • Flexibility – You pick the work you want to accept and choose your hours
  • Weekly pay – Knowing you don’t have to wait a long time to get paid for your work is always a perk
  • Convenient – Work from the comfort of your own home (in your pajamas)
  • Work is interesting and challenging – if you are transcribing, you are soaking in the information


  • Insufficient Pay – Pay is not worth the time and effort put in to finishing the job
  • Not enough work – There isn’t enough consistency in the amount of work offered
  • Competitive – The work is first come first serve

If any of you have tried this, please let me know about your experience.  I would love to hear how it went from you.  Let me know if the pros and cons I have outlined are accurate.  Let me know if you have anything else to add.

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