Video content is extremely popular these days. Have you ever caught yourself going down a YouTube video rabbit hole when you were supposed to be doing some other productive work instead?
If you actually earned money by watching videos, I bet you wouldn't feel so guilty. Now, you can get paid to caption videos with Crowdsurf.
Who is CrowdSurf?
Crowdsurf is a company that seeks to solve media challenges for the deaf, hard of hearing and second language viewers. They with freelancers to provide on-demand transcription and captioning series that make online media more accessible to everyone.
If you're looking for a flexible and easy work from home transcription work, let's look into how you can get paid to caption videos with CrowdSurf.
There are a few skills you need in order to become a CrowdSurf freelancer. You need to be detail orientated and be able to speak, read, and write English fluently.
You also need to meet these other key requirements before applying:
- Have a PC or Mac
- Reliable Internet connection
- Basic typing skills necessary
- Great listening skills
- Excellent Proofreading skills
- Good judgment and problem-solving skills
- Team-player attitude
To get started with CrowdSurf, you must sign up for Word Market which is the platform they use to hire and pay all their freelancers.
You can click here to create your account. Sign up as an individual and for the Industry section, choose ‘Writing and Translation' as your primary industry. You'll also need to select your postal code. The team will review your profile and tax information which usually takes less than 24 hours.
Then, you can set up your payment method by choosing between direct deposit, PayPal, and a paper check.
The Work Market platform utilizes recruitment groups to connect you with employers who offer freelance work. Once you're approved, you can apply to join CrowdSurf as a new transcriber.
You'll then need to review the guidelines and take a brief assessment to get accepted and start pursuing freelance work opportunities.
More on the Assessment
Your assessment results will determine whether you are able to work with CrowdSurf or not. The company maintains strict quality standards to provide accurate captions for deaf and hard of hearing viewers. You must submit a verbatim transcript that will be graded based on a Quality Control (QC) score.
Your Qualification Standing starts at 950 and if your assessment is scored as poor, won't be accepted to pick up jobs on the platform. Their website states that even after passing the initial assessment freelancers must maintain a 3.5 average QC score and a 900 Qualification Standing.
Once you pass the assessment, it takes 3-5 business days to create your CrowdSurf account so you can start working.
CrowdSurf freelancers are given easy transcription tasks and get to choose their own schedule. This is ideal if you're looking to make extra money during your spare time whether it's a lunch break, morning commute, or evening hours.
You'll use the Work Market CrowdSurf platform to view the work queue for available assignments. You can click on view in any of the queues that have tasks available and that you are qualified to work.
Each queue has a set of qualifications. If you’re just starting out you will have the “Transcription Qualification” for the “Transcription Queue”. As you continue working and keep up with QC standards, your status will advance and qualify you for other transcription opportunities.
Getting Paid at CrowdSurf
All of your payments for work completed for Crowdsurf will be deposited into your Work Market account after you submit tasks.
While the exact compensation rate isn't listed on their website, we can only assume it is based on the type of task and the length of the project. The more work you do at their standards, the higher your Quality Control score will be and the more money you'll make.
You may also qualify for bonuses and can set up direct deposit or make PayPal transfer to conveniently receive your payment.
Working as a freelancer to caption videos with CrowdSurf can be a great way to supplement your income and get some experience doing transcription work by captioning videos. Plus, you'll be worked for a worthy cause.
While I wouldn't suggest this as a full-time work option, it's a flexible solution for those looking for easy tasks to complete on their own schedule.
Learn more and get started here! You can also watch my video below to learn about the captioning jobs online.