Welcome to my Way With Words Review.
As more and more people search for ways to make money from home, transcriptions jobs have become more popular. You may have debts piling up, bills to pay and whether it's a difficult job market you're dealing with or health issue keeping you at home, companies like Way With Words can provide a potential opportunity.
At least they say they can...
Of course, there are countless "make-money-at-home" opportunities with the same promise. Earn an income from home while being your own boss. Live the life you've always wanted, and on it goes...
What makes Way With Words so different?
Are they different? Or are they just another scam like so many others?
My review explains who Way With Words is, what they do and how they may be able to help you. And of course, we'll discuss whether it's a legit opportunity for you to work from home and earn some money on your own terms.
Here are the specific topics and the details of each that I'll go over:
- What is Way With Words (WWW)?
- Is Way With Words a Scam?
- How Does Way With Words Work?
- Way With Words Reviews and Complaints
- What I Like About Way With Words
- What I Don’t Like
- Where Do You Go From Here?
Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for Way With Words. This review has been researched with information and/or testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and/or conclusions are strictly opinions and may not apply to, or agree with, all persons or situations. See full disclaimer for more info
What Is Way With Words?
Way With Words (or WwW) is a UK-based transcription company that was founded in 2001-2002. Their services focus on converting audio/video files into text form (transcribing) and they provide online freelancers and work-at-home entrepreneurs with a way to work when and where they want.
Other jobs you'll find at Way With Words have to do with captioning and proofreading.
WwW is headquartered in London, UK, and they also have offices in the following locations:
- Greater Manchester, Great Britain
- New South Wales, Australia
- New York, New York, USA
- Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Their clients are from all around the globe, and according to their website they are capable of providing transcriptions services with 99%+ accuracy. Having read many Way With Words client reviews, they do seem to be satisfied with their services and output.
Way With Words freelancers/transcribers are also from all over the world. Their job is to transcribe what they hear from the audio/video files provided and because Way With Word's 99%+ accuracy commitment to their clients, transcriptionists are expected to have an excellent grasp of the English language.
What’s nice about Way With Words from a transcriber's perspective is that they don't require new applicants to have previous transcribing experience. Their Recruitment Team will assist and train you once you're accepted and approved for their platform.
Is Way With Words a Scam?
Of course, this is making money online and working from home we're talking about here, so the obvious question is whether it's a scam.
I'm glad to say no, Way With Words is not a scam.
They've been in the transcription business for nearly 20 years (at the time of this review) and in the online world especially... 20 years is a lifetime. It's a good indication they’re legit.
There are also no fees when signing up, and there are no specific Way With Words software or equipment to buy or install.
Having offices (real physical locations) is another good sign that Way With Words is not a scam.
And you shouldn't just take my word for it. They have a well-established online presence which you'll find on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube which provides Way With Words transcription how-to videos and tutorials.
Way With Words is 100% legit.
The next question then is how they work and if this type of work is for you... which is what my Way With Words review will guide you through...
Having said that, if you were only looking for a few extra "end-of-the-month bucks" and you're just "kicking the tires" so to speak... not yet sure this transcribing this is something you're ready to commit to, making money with online surveys and get-paid-to sites may be a more "comfortable" way to get your feet wet so to speak.
To be clear though, you won't be able to replace your job income with surveys and your potential for earnings are much higher with a company like Way With Words...
They can also be a stepping stone to something more serious like an online business.
You may be at home because of difficulties with your health for example, or young ones to look after.
If that’s the case and a full-time income online is what you want, knowing how and where to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
How Does Way With Words Work?
You're probably already aware, but just in case, it's important to know you’ll be working as an independent contractor and not an employee when you're hired for a Way With Words transcription job.
There are lot of benefits to being an independent contractor, however it's important to know ahead of time you won’t receive employee benefits like health insurance, 401K matching etc.
The perks of being an independent contractor and working as a freelancer though, are probably why you're here. You can choose your working hours and work as much (or as little) as you want (Way With Words doesn’t require a minimum number of working hours per month).
If you're a full-time freelancer you can combine Way With Words with other gigs to diversify you income stream.
And speaking of money...
How Much Does Way With Words Pay?
Way With Words work at home transcription jobs pay anywhere from $0.45 to $1.73 per audio minute.
Your pay won’t depend so much on seniority, but your experience will play an important role because the quicker you are, and the more accurate, the faster your turnaround times will be. And, the higher paying tasks require quicker turnaround times (but note that these can also take longer to transcribe).
According to the Way With Words site, experienced transcribers can usually transcribe one-audio minute in 3 to 4 minutes while newbies can take around 8 minutes to transcribe the same one-minute of audio.
So if you're new and struggling, you can expect to see your speed double over time as you gain experience (and therefore, your overall per/hour rate as well).
It's important to understand thought that a per audio minute of pay is not an actual working minute of pay. If it takes eight-hours to transcribe one-hour of audio, you are paid for the one-hour of audio.
If it takes you only three-hours to transcribe one-hour of audio, you are still paid for the one-hour of audio.
For a rough idea of earning potential... if it takes you four minutes to transcribe one-audio minute - a project that pays $0.45 per audio-minute would work out to $6.75 for the hour.
If it takes you eight minutes to transcribe one-audio minute, your pay will work out to $3.38. As you can see, your pay can vary greatly depending on your speed and accuracy.
For a project that pays on the higher side ($1.73 per audio minute) and takes four-minutes per audio-minute to transcribe, your pay can get up there in the $25/per hour range. But that's under ideal circumstances.
Things like audio quality, difficult to understand accents, mumbling and a lot "ums" and "ahs", multiple people speaking at the same time and so on can really slow you down.
Ultimately, your earning potential depends on your skill when you work with Way With Words (or similar transcription companies such as Scribie, Babbletype, Rev.com, Accutran and 3PlayMedia to name just a few).
It can be tough when you're starting out but the more you transcribe, the faster and more accurate you become.
Way With Words pays monthly via PayPal.
They don't say anything about a minimum threshold, nor have I heard from other transcribers this is the case, so I’m assuming they’ll simply release your funds at the end of every month. If you're currently working for Way With Words and have further insight about this, we'd love to get your feedback in the comments section at the end of this review 🙂
Way With Words Requirements
Unlike some transcription companies, Way With Words is not as strict with their transcriptionist requirements.
Of course, you must of legal age – in fact, there is no flexibility to that requirement (18 years-old in most places).
As I said a while ago, you’re not required to have transcribing experience. The important thing is to pass their test/s and to produce accurate transcriptions when you get accepted onto their platform.
They’re not even that strict with system requirements. They just want you to have Microsoft Word and any audio/video software. But of course, you’ll find it easier to work with them (as a transcriptionist) if you have both a speedy computer and internet connection.
When you get accepted, they’ll give you recommendations for your hardware and software needs, but these are all optional.
Way With Words Job Application
You can send your Way With Words job application when you sign up to their site as a transcriptionist. As mentioned earlier, there are no signup fees.
You will however have to take their assessment test to get accepted. They’ll check on your knowledge and abilities and see if you have the following:
- Excellent knowledge of the English language
- Good listening abilities for understanding accents
- Researching skill with high accuracy
- Typing skill with high accuracy
- Know how to follow proper formatting
- Ability to meet deadlines
Now, should you pass their assessment test/s, you’ll be trained by their Recruitment Team to make sure your work meets their standards (99%+ accuracy remember). You’ll be doing actual work when you get in, so your training is paid.
If for some reason you are not accepted though (typing speed for example), you can also earn some extra money with online survey sites.
Market research companies like Survey Junkie are a simple way to get paid for your opinion. Inbox Dollars is another site that pays you for doing simple tasks online you may be doing anyway, like searching the web, watching videos and visiting websites.
Of course, you won't be able to retire by doing online surveys, but if you've never made money online before, they can be a good place to start.
For something more significant, an online business may be what you're looking for.
Making money from home might be something you need because of medical issues, children to look after, or maybe you're just tired of working for a boss.
If that’s the case, knowing how (and where) to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
As far as getting accepted goes, this Way With Words video (below) will provide some further insight.
Please note, this is an independent video for informational purposes only and not endorsed by Gig Hustlers. This content should provide you with some valuable information to help with the application process...
Way With Words Reviews and Complaints
For a company that's been around for almost 20 years, I found very few complaints. Way With Words has a good track record.
Having said that, I was a little surprised by their 3.3 (out of 5) rating at Glassdoor which is a little low... but this is only based on 3 reviews (at the time of this writing) and a good indication their reviews are real.
When I see a company with solid 5 star reviews I get a little suspicious. No company is perfect so a long list of perfect reviews often means they're either paying for positive reviews or bribing their members for them (offering gift cards for example).
Way With Words reviews appear to be honest, and that's good.
The pros I saw at Glassdoor included things like...
- A lot of available work.
- Flexible schedule.
- Helpful staff and training.
Way With Words complaints (cons) include...
- Work not guaranteed.
- Low pay
- The potential of being removed from their platform without explanation.
I think the pros and cons found on Glassdoor can more or less give you an idea of what it's like to be a freelancer.
There is never a guarantee of work as a freelancer, and even if there is (you have a contract with a client for example), you should never make that assumption. Being a freelancer is like being a business owner.
Just about everyone wants to work from home and be their own boss as well, therefore freelancing is competitive. That competition unfortunately leads to lower pay overall.
I also find the comment about being removed from their system without any explanation a bit troublesome, but again... this is another reason why freelancing is like being a business owner. As a business owner, a client can drop you at any time without notice. They might find a better service somewhere else, or a better price for example.
It's up to you as a business owner (freelancer) to make sure you have additional clients and future work. It's not your clients responsibility to keep you in business and making money. In other words, don't put all you eggs in one basket.
There are exceptions of course (if you have a long-term relationship with a client for example and a history of steady work)... but generally speaking, when freelancing for a company with hundreds (or even thousands) of other freelancers, it's good to diversify.
I also checked Way With Words’ Facebook page and found they have a 4.6 out of 5 rating there (from 10 people). This is quite impressive and most of the reviews were positive.
The negative review that stood out said the person will not recommend Way With Word's work-at-home platform because of some issues on their assessment test/s. You can see their conversation in the screenshots below (which also give you a better idea of their application process).
I like that the company responds to their users… maybe it’s true that they do have great customer support.
For the issue of not explaining why people’s applications are rejected, they said it’s because their assessment process is strictly confidential (which seems reasonable to me). At least, they did say you can try again after 30 days.
What I Like About Way With Words
- Way With Words is a legit work-at-home source for jobs.
- They have lots of work available for freelancers because they have a lot of clients.
- You’ll have flexible working time.
- Signing up to their platform is free.
- They provide paid training when you pass their assessment test.
- Should you fail their test, you can try again after 30 days.
- They have good customer support.
What I Don't Like
- Work is not guaranteed all the time.
- Assessment test results are hidden and you won’t know why you failed.
- You can get removed from their system without any explanation (probably when they think you no longer meet their standards).
- Way With Words pay could be higher (you might need to work long hours to make full-time income).
Where Do You Go From Here?
Way With Words work at home transcription jobs are legit – which is why I think they’re worth considering. If you’re good at transcribing, they can be a good source of extra income.
As far as a full-time income, I’m not so sure if Way With Words alone can provide that. But they're not the only transcription company and there is no contract stating you must work for them exclusively.
The nice thing about transcribing companies is they provide flexible schedules and you’re not really tied up to any one of them as a freelancer. Way With Words, in particular, doesn’t require any minimum hours so you’re really in charge of your time.
And of course, as a freelancer, you're NOT limited to only transcription. In your downtime when transcription work is unavailable, you can make money online in a number of ways.
You might be a student in school or a single parent at home. You may have health challenges that make regular work difficult, or maybe you just hate your job and you’re desperate for a way out.
If that's the case, an online business is what you want.
With all the scams and schemes out there though, knowing how and where to get started the right way is what you need in order to get what you want.
Of course they won't make you rich, but if you've never made money online before, they can be a good first step to bigger things down the road.
I hope my Way With Words review has been helpful and if you have any comments, questions, or experience with Way With Words, please share in the comments section below.