Outsource Project: Freelancer vs Outsourcing Service Provider

outsource vs freelanceThe concept of project outsourcing has gained a tremendous amount of popularity in the recent years. Every business owner of today trusts on outsourcing his/her projects. There are some business owners who prefer to offer their outsource project to the Outsourcing Service Provider while others choose to hire a freelance artist. In my article I would like to make you aware about some of the pros and cons of both outsourcing techniques viz. a freelance artist and an Outsourcing Service Provider.

Well, outsourcing has actually been of immense help to all those business firms which need to undertake a large number of tasks within a limited amount of time. The owners of such business firms find it easy to complete their projects by assigning the important part of work to either a freelance artist or an outsourcing service provider. If you hire an Outsourcing Service Provider, you can actually complete multiple number of projects within a short span of time because you get a chance to hire a group of professionals who are there to undertake all the important programming part involved in your projects. By hiring an Outsourcing Service Provider, you are actually free from the hurdles of paying an individual programmer on a monthly pay basis. By hiring an Outsourcing Service Provider, you can easily free your human resources department which can then work on other important aspects related to the progress of your company. Apart from these advantages there are also some cons related to offering the outsource project to an Outsourcing Service Provider. One of the major disadvantages is that you cannot communicate with all those programmers who are basically working on your project. This can lead to problems that arise due to half-understood projects.

Talking about the concept of hiring a freelance programmer, I would like to mention that by hiring an individual freelance programmer you can actually be sure about the efficient completion of your project because you get a chance to be in continuous interaction with the freelance programmer who is working on your project. By choosing the best freelance programmer you can also add extra efficiency to your project because the programmer would put in all his/her best programming skills into your project which can make it all the more proper. Since a freelance programmer works from his/her home, you can expect the completion of your work well on time as he/she is able to work according to his/her convenience. You can easily find the freelance programmers who possess excellent programming skills and are willing to work on low prices. Apart from these advantages attached with the hiring of a freelance programmer, there are also some disadvantages attached with the same. One of the major disadvantages of hiring a freelance programmer is the unreliability. If a freelance programmer gets a lot of work during one month, then he/she prefers to take a might take a break from work as per his choice and convenience.

A freelance programmer might also lack a good amount of dedication towards the task assigned to him/her. Since a freelance programmer is free from any sort of pressure from the boss/firm owner he/she might be negligent in his/her work. An outsource project can allow you to grow your business at a faster pace. You can either choose to hire freelance artist or an Outsourcing Service Provider which can help you achieve your goals within a very short span of time.

Why Companies Outsource Transcription by Bob Kruse

laptop headphones transcriptionCompanies outsource business transcription to enhance the efficiency of their transcription tasks and save resources and costs which can be diverted to the core processes. Business transcription basically involves transcribing audio files which contain business communication.

Why Outsourced Business Transcription Is Important

There are many data requirements businesses deal with every day. Often communications take place in various situations. These communications contain valuable pieces of information that need to be documented for further use. The business transcription firm can do this in a cost-effective manner. The data is transcribed accurately in the required format.

Businesses need to ensure cost savings, and this cannot be achieved by having to take care of business transcription in-house. Business transcription outsourcing is therefore the answer.

Comprehensiveness of Business Transcription Services

Business transcription services cater to all kinds of industries including IT, legal, medical, manufacturing, travel and tourism, investing, and others. The areas of transcription covered by business transcription companies are varied and include:

•    Conferences
•    Seminars
•    Shareholders meetings
•    Speeches
•    Lectures
•    Focus groups
•    Workshops
•    Interviews
•    Telephone calls
•    Symposiums
•    Group discussions
•    Internet information
•    Vox pops
•    Market research

A transcription company has experts such as trained and professional transcriptionists and other professionals who ensure accuracy of the transcripts. With live verbatim transcription, the expressions of the speakers and each word they say is accurately captured, while with non-verbatim transcripts peripheral sounds and conversations are avoided. The audio files are accepted in many forms including tape, mini tape, digital formats such as MP3, MP4 and WAV, and cassettes, DSS, DVD, FTP, and CD.

Benefits of Outsourced Business Transcription

Some of the salient features of business transcription outsourced include:

•    99% accuracy if the audio quality is good. Even if it isn’t good, the professionals at the transcription company enhance file quality by reducing irrelevant sounds
•    The transcriptionists are extensively trained and are endowed with great comprehension skills, with the ability to recognize difficult accents and different voices
•    The ability to handle transcription for all kinds of business events, small or large, using multiple speakers
•    Business transcripts that are accurate professionally and grammatically
•    Solutions with or without time-stamping
•    Adherence to telephone call recording rules
•    Transcripts returned safely through FTP, disk, email and/or hard copy
•    Prompt meeting of deadlines
•    Total document flow management
•    Multiple quality assurance checks conducted
•    Choice offered between international or domestic production of transcription
•    Offering complete work flow modules
•    256-bit AES encryption for unmatched data security

There is nothing like accurate transcripts to keep track of the entire conversation or communication and even follow things that were missed. The comprehensiveness and cost-effectiveness of business transcription services encourage all kinds of businesses to outsource this time consuming task and experience overall efficiency in their functioning. This is why companies outsource business transcription.

Virtuadmin Transcription Services can take care of all your transcription requirements from our virtual office.  Do you have an audio that you would like to get transcribed?  Get a quote by uploading your audio for us to assess.  We will have a quote back to you within 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We are here for urgent and non-urgent transcription.  Let us put your spoken word into text.

Interview Transcription: Benefits to Students and Researchers Written by: Managedoutsource

Audio Transcription TypingInterview transcription refers to the transcription of the audio recording of a conversation between two individuals.  Whether the interview takes place in a room, place, or over the phone, transcribing the conversation into a document is vital requirement for students, researchers, professors, market researchers, attorneys, writers, consultants, journalists, translators, insurance providers, psychologists, psychiatrists and so on.

Interview Transcription Company for an Effective Outcome

Students and researchers often have strict deadlines with their work. An interview transcription company can help them save time, effort and expense. Getting the work done by professional transcriptions also ensures a high level of accuracy, saving the time that would otherwise needed for corrections. The assistance of a reputable outsourcing company that can meet all these requirements can prove invaluable. Professional transcription companies offer comprehensive solutions for

• One-to-one interviews
• Multiple participant interviews
• Group discussions
• Telephonic interview

How Outsourcing benefits Students and Researchers?

It is easy for students and researchers to use professional interview transcription service. They can send their audio files in digital format, as e-mail attachment, or upload them directly on the service provider’s secure FTP server. Trained transcriptionists listen to the audio files and produce accurate, spell-checked transcripts in the desired format. They can handle large volumes of acoustic data with ease. Total security is ensured so that valuable data is not lost, leaked or misplaced. The transcribed files are then sent back as email attachments or uploaded on the FTP server. The benefits of using the services of an experienced service provider are:

 • High levels of accuracy with three levels of quality checks

• Transcription of acoustic data into documents in the desired format
• Document flow management software for end-to-end tracking of data
• Solutions in customized turnaround time
• Cost-effective services

Pick the Line of Attack

Academicians and students can opt for any one of the following formats for interview transcription:

Verbatim: In this process, everything recorded in your acoustic data is transcribed, including duplicate words and irrelevant conversation, such as coughing, laughter, and even pauses.

Intelligent verbatim without slang: Here, professional transcripts do not include duplicated words and irrelevant conversation, including words like “um”, “you know”, and so on.  Acronyms and abbreviations are expanded by analyzing the subject.• Intelligent verbatim with slang: Intelligent verbatim with slang would include even words like “wanna” and “gonna”.• Discourse Analysis: Discourse analysis is either verbatim or intelligent verbatim and indicates pauses, cough, laughter, and so on, with appropriate symbols.

Only a reliable service provider can ensure error-free and timely results. Top grade service providers offer interview transcription for students and researchers at very affordable rates.

Types of Professional Transcription Services and Its Benefits.

trans iconTranscription, as a service, has always been a valuable tool. Once upon a time, it was completed on typewriters. In digital age of internet, it is one of the services now at your fingertip. You record a transcript, upload a file and receive a transcribed document within 24 hours. Digital world has reshaped this industry to expand its offerings to many more businesses. With easy access and affordable prices, most businesses, students and entrepreneurs can afford to use this service. So, what different types of online transcription services available online today? There are 5 main primary types. In each category, there are specific kinds of online transcription services that may need a specialist professional.

  • Online medical transcription:

     This is a huge industry as most medical professionals need transcription services. Online medical transcription services need to be 100% HIPPA complaint so that medical information about patients can be shared confidently and responsibly.  In addition, these services must have medical transcription specialist on board to provide quick and accurate service. There are specific online medical transcription websites in most markets. However, generic online transcription services with medically trained professionals on payroll can be equally competitive too.

  • Online conference transcription:

     Though these services seem applicable to conference events only, this is a huge industry. Traditionally, people used to use a stenographer to keep minutes of a meeting.  This practice was applicable to all in-house closed door meetings as well. So, these conference transcriptions are applicable to conferences, conventions, meetings, etc.

  • Online academic transcription:

    Accurate and on-time transcriptions offered by online transcription services can be used to replace note-taking process. Whether you are doing an interview, focus group study or seminar, transcription is can be a real time saver and a great helping hand. But, you can also use it to convert your thesis, research reports, and dissertation notes into final papers. This can be used to speed up process of completing academic works in time.

  • Online business transcription:

     There are three types of online business transcriptions – legal, insurance and generic. Within 24 hours, minutes for your board meetings, conferences, and interviews can be ready. But, you will love the ease of creating product guide, market research reports, training and user manuals and product documents with business transcriptions. Imagine how quickly you can get things done when your transcripts are on your desk within 24 hours.  Insurance industry can use transcriptions for interviews, field investigation reports, call reports, statements and summaries.

    Whichever kind of service you choose, you will need to consider a service that offers turnaround time, accuracy, and strong quality checks as well as competitive pricing to benefit from outsourcing the audio or video.

Everything You Need to Know About Twitter Lists by Julie – Fabulous Blogging

Twitter Lists for Organisation
What is a Twitter List?

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Twitter Lists are the single most essential organizational tool for managing Twitter. Without them, you will be lost, disorganized, and unable to track the best tweeters in your niche.

What is a list?

A list is a group of tweeters that are centered around a theme — i.e. photographers, graphic design, etc. — or  people make lists based on their favorite or most authoritative tweeters. There are two main things you can do with a list, subscribe or create one.

Creating a list

To create a list in Twitter is simple. When you hit the follow button on a profile, there is a small gear next to it. Click on that and choose add/remove from lists. You can include the person in an existing list, or click the button that says create new list. Once you’ve created it, it will always show up as an option when you are adding people.

adding someone to a list

What’s the difference between a private and a public list?

A private list is only seen by you. If you wanted to make a list of tweeters that were your competition, you might not want anyone to see that you are tracking them carefully. A public list is available for anyone to see or subscribe to (more on that in a minute). In addition, when you add someone to a public list, they are notified.

For the record, I love it when I see that someone has added me to a public list called “My favorite tweeters”.

Using your list

Once you have a list made, you can use your lists to follow distinct conversations on Twitter. I have a list specifically for other bloggers that talk about blogging and social media. I use the list to read and Pocket links and articles that I might find useful or want to share later. Since there are only 15 people on this list, I’m easily able to track tweets over a 24 hour period (rather than my main feed, which has 6000 people in it).

  1. To find your list, go to your profile by clicking on the ME tab.
  2. Click on the More tab listed to the right of your statistics.
  3. Click on Lists.
  4. The first tab is Subscribed to. These are all the lists you’ve created or subscribed to. Click on any list and you’ll see a filtered Twitter stream.
  5. The next tab over says, “Member of”. This will show you every list that someone has put you in!

Imagine my surprise when I realized Yadir had put me in a list labeled, “The Girl of My Dreams.” Lesson of the Day: Don’t underestimate the power of your list name and what it does to someone’s ego when they are notified that they’ve been put in your list called, “These people should Rule the World.”

Subscribing to lists

This function is super helpful because it allows you to follow and track lists that other people have taken the time to curate. By subscribing to someone else’s list, you can see the list in your lists area and watch that stream. The best part is it doesn’t count against your following numbers, so if you are trying to keep your ratio of followers to following equal, lists are a perfect option. All you have to do is find the list and hit subscribe.

This leads me to my next point. You can add someone to a list and not follow them. I use this feature a lot!

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Making lists work for you

The first thing you should do is create a list of tweeters that you know you can’t miss. These are your favorite people that consistently tweet out either helpful or funny information. Put them in a list and then use a program like Hootsuite to follow this list.

Of course you can use the list right in Twitter, but programs like Hootsuite allow you to watch various lists all on one screen. To set up a list in Hootsuite, click Add Stream, choose Twitter, and then click on the tab that says Lists. Pick a list that you have created or subscribed to and then click Add Stream. Hootsuite allows up to five streams on a tab so you can follow five filtered lists without having to start a new tab.

Hootsuite

Finding new followers

I use lists to find new people to follow. A perfect example of this is the BlogHer 14 official list. This is a list of bloggers going to the conference this summer. I can be sure that all those people are at least active bloggers, if not active tweeters. When you click on a list, on the left, choose the option that says list members. Then you can go through and follow the ones who have an interesting bio. You’ll notice on the list screen, there is a box that says More lists by BlogHer. You may find interesting people in other lists too!

Looking at a list

Use IFTTT to curate lists automatically

IFTTT allows you to generate a list every time you favorite a tweet. The if/then rule is If you favorite a tweet, add them to a list. Now keep in mind, if you are a liberal user of the Favorite button, your list will grow quickly. However, as a beginner it might be an easy way to generate a list of tweeters that you enjoy.

Twitter and IFTTT

SocialBro premium tools

If you are serious about Twitter, you might want to invest in SocialBro. It has advanced analytics, easy ways to target new users, plus the ability to curate lists en masse. So for example, if someone adds me to a list, I can choose to thank them, tag them, or add them to my own list. You can use advanced filters so that you are only adding people that have a certain number of followers, lives in a distinct timezone, etc. You can create lists based on a tweeters behavior (did they retweet you, mention you, follow you, etc.).

SocialBro also allows you to copy other peoples’ lists quickly and easily. If you are a list builder, this tool will be your new best friend.

socialbro

Getting started with lists

If you need some help finding great Twitter lists, start with this post by Post Planner called 101 Best Twitter Lists. If you are a blogger, the BlogHer 14 or BlogU list has a great bunch of tweeters (and the list isn’t too large either).

Kate Hall is a rock star when it comes to humor tweets, so stalk her profile if you like using Twitter for witty jokes and snarky remarks. She’s got a bunch of lists worth following.

Finally, I run a Facebook group called the Bloppy Bloggers and there is an official Twitter list for them with 200 active bloggers and tweeters!