QuickTate / iDictate No Experience Needed

Updated on: by Amy Kennedy

Quicktate is a fun way to make some extra money. Agents can log in whenever they want and receive audio files such as voicemail recordings to transcribe into text. Because no transcription experience or certification is needed, it makes for a great way to earn some experience and possibly move into the world of transcription/dictation. However, like many other online jobs that require little to no experience, the pay at quicktate is fairly low. 

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The Quicktate site claims: 

Quicktate typists are paid based on the number of words they type, at the rate of 1/4 (one-fourth) US cent per word. So, if you typed 50 words per minute (assuming there were enough jobs to keep you typing for the entire hour), then you would probably earn about $5.00-$7.00 per hour.

However, I type at an average speed of 70 wpm, as a beginner at Quicktate I say I average more like $3-$4 with steady back to back audio files available. When audio files are hit and miss the hourly rate would drop. So, please consider the low rate before applying. Also, this is not dependable as work is not steady. 


Additionally, after some time at Quicktate, if you have proven your ability, you may be offered a position with their sister company, iDictate. Agents working for iDictate receive twice the pay of a Quicktate agent.  Both companies pay via paypal twice a month! 


Quicktate is something enjoyable to do and makes a nice filler between other projects. It is nice to keep a variety as to not fall into a work-at-home rut. I find anytime I become bored with the work I am doing…I make less money. So keep things moving with fresh side jobs like Quicktate in between those steady money makers!

You can also similar sites such as the following:

  1. Rev: Rev is a popular transcription service platform that offers transcription jobs to freelancers. It provides transcription services for a variety of industries and offers opportunities for transcribers to work on a range of audio and video files. Rev offers competitive pay rates and flexible working hours for freelancers.
  2. TranscribeMe: TranscribeMe is a transcription platform that specializes in short audio and video files. It offers a unique micro-tasking system where transcribers can work on small sections of larger files, making it suitable for freelancers looking for shorter transcription assignments. TranscribeMe provides training and offers a user-friendly transcription editor.
  3. GoTranscript: GoTranscript is an online transcription service that also provides freelance transcription opportunities. It accepts transcribers from around the world and offers a range of transcription projects to choose from. GoTranscript provides a user-friendly interface, competitive pay rates, and opportunities for growth within the platform.
  4. Scribie: Scribie is a transcription company that offers freelance transcription work. It focuses on providing accurate and high-quality transcriptions and accepts transcribers globally. Scribie offers flexible working hours, fair compensation, and a supportive community for freelancers.
  5. CastingWords: CastingWords is a transcription service platform that also offers freelance transcription opportunities. It provides transcription work for various industries and accepts transcribers with different levels of experience. CastingWords offers fair compensation, a straightforward payment system, and opportunities for growth within the platform.
To go to the Quicktate website and begin the application process check out the link here

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September 17, 2010 at 5:38 am

I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

audio typists


June 27, 2011 at 7:29 am

Having applied months ago, I actually just got in with Quicktate a few days ago. I value your information here on your blog; so of course, I had to read your info about Quicktate to see if it would be worth it for me to go ahead with their setup process. Once again, you offer sound advice. I will be using this as a filler gig when there are no titles in my work desk at Demand Media Studios. Thanks Miranda!

Miranda Grimm

June 27, 2011 at 9:03 am

So glad you read the review! Quicktate is something loved by so many people. It is a lot of fun and would really make a great egg if there were more consistent files coming through. Enjoy your time with Quicktate though! like you said, nice filler.

renee russo

January 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I am signing up for the job at quicktate and I got to where it says type and paste into your browser then a man started to talk but it did not tell me tyo do anything was I suppose to write what he was saying, but I did not see anything the screen was grey does anyone know what to do? please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


July 5, 2015 at 2:42 am

Hi, I’am Sabry….I’ve just read your blog article which is Quicktate. really nice. and I’ve try to pass quiz test so many time… but, I couldn’t. can you help for me. if you wish, I can send my answer to your verification. please… Thank you.