Scribie offers transcription jobs, paying you to type. Its an easy way to make money online, but it has some downsides.
Is Scribie a scam? Before you sign up you need to have an answer to that and need know if its going to be worth your time. And for this reason I have decided to write this review to go over a few things you should know before you decide whether or not Scribie is right for you.
Note: In case you don’t know what transcription is, it is the transferring of audio files into writing.
- Website: scribie.com
- Price: Free to Join
- Rating: 7/10 (Great way to gain experience, but doesn’t pay very well)
The first thing I’ll go over is the requirements in order for you to work for Scribie.
How Scribie Works
Scribie is free to join and joining them is of course the first thing you will have to do.
Once you join there will be a bunch of audio files that are available for you to transcribe. They are all short in length, being under 6 minutes in length. Most of them consist of speeches, interviews, and things like that. You are able to preview the audio before you jump in and start transcribing.
At Scribie you have the ability to complete as much or as little of these as you wish. You can work at your own pace, as much as you want.
Once you choose an audio file to transcribe the process is simple…
- Transcribe the file
- Review your transcription
- Submit your transcription
Once submitted you will get paid, which I will go over shortly.
What You Need Before You Start
First off, you are going to need some seriously good typing skills. If you aren’t a fast typist than this job probably isn’t for you. Its not that you have to complete work in a certain time frame, its just that if you are a slow typist it wouldn’t be worth your time.
Besides that you also have to be fluent in English because you will be transcribing English audio recordings.
For technology requirements you will need a computer, high speed internet connection, a foot pedal (makes the process a TON easier), a headset, and adobe flash player.
And in order to get paid you will need to have a PayPal account, which is free to create.
Once you have all of this you are ready to roll.
Signing Up For Scribie
Pretty much everyone should be able to get hired at Scribie, its nothing difficult and its not like you need a lot of experience or anything like that.
Once Scribie reviews your initial application they will be in contact with you if they think you are a qualified candidate.
You will then have to pass a short test. Its nothing complicated and you can take it up to 10 times if you fail it. There is no reason that it should be that hard to pass though.
Once you pass this you are ready to start working and can do so immediately.
How Much Do You Get Paid???
Scribie will pay you $1 for transcribing a 6 minute audio file. This isn’t $1 every 6 minutes. Its $1 after you fully transcribe the minute audio file, which is likely going to take a lot longer than 6 minutes. This makes it $0.75/minute of audio file transcription, and $10/ hour or audio recording.
Now you can see why I said that this job probably isn’t worth your time if you aren’t a fast typer.
If you are new to the whole thing of transcribing I wouldn’t expect much. You are probably going to be pausing the audio a bunch to catch up and its just going to take a long time. It will easily take you over twice as long to type out the recording, meaning that a 6 minute recording will take WELL OVER 12 minutes.
$1 for a 6 minute audio recording equates to $10/ hour or audio recording.
There is no cash out minimum. Once you make your first dollar you can cash out via PayPal.
After requesting a cash out you can expect to see your money within 24 hours.
At Scribie you can get promoted after a while. The first promotion is to Reviewer. Once you have this status you are able to get paid to review other people’s transcriptions.
Next up is Self Reviewer, meaning that you can review your own transcriptions and get paid more.
The base pay of $1 per 6 minute audio file is the same, the difference is you can get more money for reviewing.
The number one complaint has to be the low payout. There are lots of people complaining about how you can make much more than $10/hour of audio transcription. And this is definitely true. Scribie does not pay well at all.
But what people tend to forget is that Scribie hires people with basically no experience whatsoever. Its a great way to get some transcription experience under your belt. After that you can go out and apply for better transcription jobs that pay more.
Is Scribie a Scam? Final Thoughts
Its definitely not a scam the way I see it. I mean pretty much the only way you could argue that it is would be because of the low pay that they give you. But like I said above, there is a reason for that.
The bottom line is this… Scribie is a good place to start out as a transcriber to get some experience, they hire just about anyone that can type, but they pay very little. Thats all there is to it.
Note: If you have never done anything like this you will probably be pretty bad to start out, but it can be improved a lot. When I started out writing articles online and doing affiliate marketing I was a very slow typer, but with time came practice and I am fairly fast at this point. So just don’t give up instantly.