Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a college student or just someone looking to make extra money working from home, Scribie- the online Audio/Video Transcription service, is probably one of the easiest places to start making money online and it requires no previous experience or upfront investment.
What’s good about this is that its a worldwide opportunity.
My Scribie transcription review will show what you can expect within the Scribie membership area itself and is meant to fully prepare you and dispel any fears of the “unknown”.
This Is A Hands-On Review
I care about my readers and this requires me to test the programs and products that may interest you, so that you have the facts from someone who has actually used it or experienced it, before making a decision.
I signed up to Scribie and transcribed a few files and in this post, I am only going to give you the facts.
I’ll also explain a few things about online audio transcription in general as well as the tools you need, for those unfamiliar with Scribie or online transcription jobs in general.
What Does A Transcriptionist Do?
Transcriptionists listen to audio and/or video clips ranging from interviews, conversations, speeches, etc and write down what they hear. Simple really.
With the amount of Youtube videos, Vimeo clips, podcasts, and other audio/video media available today, there is a huge need for transcriptionists.
A Little About Scribie
Scribie was started in 2008 by Rajiv Poddar, an Electronics and Telecommunications graduate from India.
Scribie focusses on general Audio transcription, as opposed to the other more specialized forms like Medical and Legal transcription.
What makes Scribie so attractive is that they hire both professionals and beginners, with no experience. You will have to pass the transcription test first, but this shouldn’t be a problem as long as you have a good basic grasp of English grammar.
How Much Money Can You Earn?
Earnings range from $0.50 to $2.00 per audio file for beginners and more as your speed and proficiency increases. Audio files are usually 6 minutes long, so that works out to $5.00 to $20.00 per audio hour.
Don’t worry if you’re not a quick typist or proficient in transcription when you start out- you will get better!
You will need a Paypal account since this is a worldwide opportunity and you can cash out at any time- there is no minimum threshold.
Below, you can see how much I was able to make within just 2 hours. Keep in mind that this was just my first 3 transcriptions and I’m a slow typist.
Transcription Time Limit
Each file has a 2-hour time limit, so this gives you ample time to rewind and forward parts of the audio if you need to relisten and to go over your transcribed text until you feel satisfied.
Once the 2 hours have expired, you can request an additional 1-hour extension, which is a really helpful feature.
A Monthly Bonus!? I’ll Take That!
It doesn’t end there though… There’s also a monthly bonus of $5.00 for every 3 hours of transcribed audio! I’ll leave you to do the maths.
The Sign-Up Process
The sign-up process is quick, easy and free. Once signed up, you’ll be shown all the rules and Scribie’s general transcription guidelines.
This eased my “fear” a little since they basically tell you exactly what they want in the end product. For someone new to the transcription business, this little thing can really put you at ease.
Next, you’ll be supplied with 5-10 sample audio files, 1 – 6+ minutes long and you need to transcribe one of these in order to be selected as a transcriptionist.
Take your time, you have 2 hours and you can extend it with 1 more hour.
You’ll be notified of your application status within a day. I got approved within 8 hours.
You’ll only have to do this once and from then on, you’ll receive a list of new files available for transcription every day.
From then on, it’s plain sailing.