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Scribie is a general transcription company that pays freelancers to transcribe audio files from Scribie clients.
They have strict guidelines that you must adhere to, or else you will receive a low rating. Low ratings are subject to be removed from the website. On the other hand, if you score high, you may have the opportunity to work as an editor for the company (which is also a paid position, although I do not know the details).
When I first worked with Scribie a few years ago, I thought it seemed like a decent website for earning a supplemental income. You can withdraw earnings whenever you want (although there is a 2% fee for withdrawing earnings below $30). Payments are transferred via PayPal (verified accounts only).
Scribie also has a referral program where you earn a 2% lifetime commission on your referral's earnings.
Scribie pays transcribers $10 per hour of transcribed audio. To be clear, this does not mean that you will be paid $10 per hour. Here's how it works:
Each file is broken down into 6 minutes.
You're paid $1 for each 6 minute audio file that you accurately transcribe.
It might sound easy, but it took me approximately 18 minutes to transcribe a 6 minute audio—and my typing speed averages 80+ WPM. I'm looking at earning roughly $4 per hour. Unfortunately, that is a very low pay rate, especially when compared to other transcription sites, many of which pay upwards of $15 per page of transcribed audio.
With that said, the work is sometimes enjoyable. I like that you're able to listen to a sample file before claiming it for transcription. This makes it easier to choose files that are relatively simple to understand. However, I've noticed that there are more and more audio samples with muffled voices, background noise, and very heavy accents. That's fine, but the time I have to put into it just isn't worth it for me. There are definitely better suited candidates.
So, after signing up with Scribie, you'll receive an email noting your place on the waiting list. When I signed up, I was number five, but was able to take the test the following day. I failed the first test because I had two files to choose from and the man speaking had a very, very thick accent. I was able to try again three days later and I passed. I was able to start work immediately and was paid for my test transcription.
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Update: After working with Scribie for a short period, I decided that it was no longer worth the effort. Unless you have an impeccable ear for detail and an ability to decipher difficult terminology in individuals with heavy accents, then the transcription work is far too time consuming to make the pay worth it.