Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paid to Transcribe: Scribie

* After working with Scribie for a short time, I decided that it was no longer with the effort. Unless you have an impeccable ear for detail, the transcription is far too time consuming to earn what you would expect.

* * This post may contain affiliate links.


Scribie is a general transcription company that pays freelancers to transcribe audio files from Scribie clients.


There are guidelines that you must abide by, or else you will receive a low average rating and may be removed from the website. If your rating is high, you may be able to act as an editor for the company, which is also a paid position (though I do not know how much you're paid).

Scribie is a decent website for earning supplemental income. You're able to withdraw your earnings whenever you want, although there is a 2% fee for earnings below $30. Payments are transferred via PayPal and your PayPal account MUST be verified.

Scribie does have a referral program where you earn a 2% lifetime commission on their earnings.

Scribie pays transcribers $10 per hour of transcribed audio. Each audio file is broken down into 6 minutes. You are paid $1 for each 6 minutes that you transcribe accurately. While this sounds like an awesome opportunity, you must consider that it takes me approximately 18 minutes to transcribe a 6 minute audio and my typing speed averages 80+ WPM. While $10 per hour of audio sounds good, I'm only looking at earning roughly $4 per hour. Unfortunately, that is very poor pay when compared to other transcription sites that pay upwards of $15 per page of transcribed audio.

I enjoy Scribie for the most part. You're able to listen to a sample file before claiming it to transcribe. This makes it much easier to choose files that are relatively simple to understand as opposed to claiming a piece with a bunch of muffled voices and background noise.

After signing up, you will receive an email with your place on the waiting list. When I signed up, I was at number 5, but I was able to take the test the following day. I failed the first test because I only had two audio files to choose from and the man speaking had a very thick accent, but I was able to try again three days later. You're allowed 10 attempts to work with the website. I passed the test the second time and was able to start work immediately. You ARE paid for your test transcription.

Sign up with Scribie.

19 comments:

  1. What are some other legit sites that pay more for transcription? Thanks Emily!

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    1. The highest-paying transcription websites are typically those that deal with legal and medical transcription, however, if you look hard enough, you'll find some general transcription websites that pay reasonably well. I've listed some sites you may wish to consider:

      Clark Fork Communications http://clarkforkcommunications.com/14301/index.html

      E-Typist
      http://www.e-typist.com/Employment_work_at_home-dictation-service.htm

      CyberDictate
      http://www.cyberdictate.com/

      Cambridge Transcription
      http://www.ctran.com/employment.html

      Pioneer Transcription Services http://www.pioneer-transcription-services.com/

      Neal R Gross & Co., Inc.
      http://www.nealrgross.com/transcriber-employment-details

      AccuTran Global
      http://accutranglobal.com/transcription.html

      Alice Darling Secretarial Services, Inc.
      http://www.alicedarling.com/about/employment.html

      I hope this helps!

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  2. Thanks so much! Very helpful!! :)

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  3. Would you be able to show a screenshot or perhaps even a video of the test? I'm trying to figure out what format it would be in ...being timed is not an issue, I do 95-100WPM I would just like to see what format they have.

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    1. Hi Big Mc,

      Because I've already taken the Scribie test, I cannot provide screenshots for you. I can tell you that Scribie provides the software you need to transcribe the audio (Express Scribe) and the files are in .mp3 format.

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    2. hi! do we have to pay for the software?

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    3. Henry, the software may be downloaded for free once you sign up.

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  4. All right, would you also be able to tell me if there is a time limit? Unfortunately I'm not in possession of a pedal at the moment and fear my time may be a little under the bar when being rushed.

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    1. Hi Shawn,

      There is a time limit for the test, although I cannot remember how long. I do remember, however, that it was more than enough time to transcribe the file I received. I did not have a foot pedal when I signed up either, but the Hot Keys that you're able to configure using ExpressScribe help immensely.

      Also, when you're invited for the test, you do not have to take it immediately. You can defer it indefinitely and take it at your convenience. If you fail the test, you can retake it 9 more times, so if you're a fast typist, have excellent listening skills, and a keen eye for detail, I'm sure you'll do fine.

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    2. If you have any more questions, you may find an answer in Scribie's FAQ section found here: https://scribie.com/freelance-transcription#faq

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  5. FYI $1 for six minutes of audio is robbery, especially if there's more than one person speaking. The going rate from my research is $33 to $57/audio hour depending on experience. Even if you're brand new or terrible at it, $10/audio hour is criminal.

    I work full-time as an online transcriber, and I don't make anywhere near enough money. The service I work for pays by the word.

    Pay by the word is also a form of robbery. The clients can use as much of your time as they want without paying for it. They can revise as they go, over and over, and you don't get paid for every time they change their mind, only what they end up with.

    This is not an easy job to make money at. It can be done, but it takes a lot of effort on your part, and as in the blog, you may only make $4/hr even with excellent skills.

    I am currently looking into some other services that pay by the audio hour. This is the only way I will work going forward. Pay by the word is a ripoff.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. While I do agree that the pay rate for Scribie is quite low, it does help some get their feet wet in the industry and earn a small income on the side. At the same time, Scribie is general transcription, nothing technical about it. This may also be why the pay rate is on the lower end of the scale.

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  6. This type of transcription service is used by legal firms, municipal, state and federal authorities, courts, peacekeepers and other legal professionals.TranscriptionistThe most common types of transcription inside the legal realm have to do with court hearings, depositions, prisoner interrogations and affirmations as well as general correspondence.

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  8. Transcription is the best way to earn some supplemental or even full-time income from home. I have heard very good reviews about GMR Transcription for home based jobs.

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  9. good day, can you help me how to verify my paypal account ? it says that i have to enter my card type and card number but i had a lot of attempts still not accepting it

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  10. I'm amazed that you're able to make even $4 an hour at $10 an audio hour. Most people that have been at transcription for awhile transcribe at a ratio of 4:1 though generally take a lot longer when first starting out. This means that the average transcriptionist would be lucky to make $2.50 an hour on Scribie and that's assuming they're transcribing a file with just one or two speakers and clear audio. I have transcribed for Scribie and found the quality of audio files to generally be very poor.

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