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again, I am amazed to hear such numbers. I have never considered myself a super talented CR but even on my worst jobs or back early in my career it would never approach these numbers of added pages. WOW is all I can say.
Well, this is the kind of depo that makes a scopist an absolute necessity.
I've read that they charge transcription rates for anything OVER 10%. That means that your transcription rates are about, what, 4 pages? Take a break, it sounds like you're tired.
You need to come up with a fair standard for growth due to paragraphing and colloquy. I'm not sure what that is though. Judy is saying 10%. Tell your clients you charge a transcription rate for any pages over that 10%. I think that is fair.
Paragraphing does not constitute billable growth, IMO. I think if you figure it out by extra time spent, that might be the way to go. Actually, if we paid scopists by the hour instead of by the page, it might be a better system.
Amanda, that's how it started, by the hour. I started almost right out of the gate on CAT in '81 and the only ones that had edit stations were the reporters and agencies, so the scopists would come in and work on your jobs on the agency's computers (although I did have one gal coming to the house after a while). But unless the scopist is sitting in your office on your computer, you'll never be able to tell how much of the time is spent scoping vs. surfing on the 'net, playing Candy Crush, talking on the phone.
Yes, there'd have to be a high degree of trust.
Like you, when I first started out, the agency I worked for had an in-house scopist, Trish--was also the agency office manager and paid a salary. Trish would try to dictate to me, the reporter (okay, I wasn't your average newb--had worked for two court reporting agencies when in school and did two years of WQs and could run circles around nursing-school-dropout Trish) -- but I digress. Anyway, Trish tried to dictate to me how I was going to certify my transcripts. It came to a head one morning on her office floor...then I got up, straightened my grey wool pencil skirt and jacket, smoothed my hair, and went to my Railroad Commission hearing with dignity. We did my transcripts my way -_-.
There could be a minimum set up per hour, too, to combat Candy Crush.