Scribie Review – Work From Home Transcription Opportunity

Last updated on July 11, 2020

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It’s funny how I first got to hear about Scribie, but this site has changed my life.

I remember sometime back when searching through OLX for work opportunities, I came across an ad and decided to submit my application.

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I had done transcription only once before for a friend, but as far as I was concerned that was experience enough.

Long story short, that is how I came to know about Scribie.

Is Scribie Legit?

Indeed it is. Scribie is a work-at-home transcription company founded in 2008. The company hires transcribers from all over the world.

Getting Started

How do you get started? Simply sign up on their site using your email address.

The company also requires you to have a verified PayPal account. You’ll also need to fill in an application form.

Unlike other transcription companies where you get to do a test immediately, with Scribie,you’ll be put on a waiting list.

You’ll be kept on the waiting list until you are invited to take the test. You can re-take the test up to 10 times, and then wait a couple of days to find out if you’ve been accepted.

How Much Money Can I Earn Working For Scribie?

Files on Scribie are usually divided into 6-minute files though there can be others that are less than 6 minutes, but not more. They pay between $5 and $20 per audio hour. 

For newbies seeking experience, this is a good site to start with because you’re given 3 hours to transcribe a 6-minute file.

The actual time allocated is two hours, but you have an opportunity to request for an extra hour therefore if your typing speed is low, this is an excellent site to get started.

Scribie uses a 5 point scale for grading each file: 5 meaning excellent and 1 meaning poor.  Also, if you desire to become a reviewer, you need to attain a grade of 3 and above. 

A new transcriber must maintain a grade of above 2.5 otherwise the account gets disabled after submitting an hours worth of raw transcripts.

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Doubling your earnings isn’t a tough task.

All you have to do is submit 10 raw transcripts, and 10 reviewed files in as little as two days. With transcription and reviews, you’re also allowed to dispute your grade in case you disagree with it.

Apart from that, another opportunity to earn more is through proofreading.

As a reviewer who always delivers quality work, Scribie promotes you to a proofreader as long as you maintain an accuracy rate of at least 80%.

So in addition to transcription and reviews, you can also earn extra cash through proofreading and Scribie will pay you for this via PayPal account at the end of the month.

How Does Scribie Pay and When?

The site only pays through PayPal, but one is allowed to withdraw at any time regardless of your balance. Remember, your Paypal account MUST be verified.

The funds take one business day to reflect on your PayPal account.

For withdrawals of less than $30 a fee of 2% is charged, but otherwise, it’s free.

Scribie also gives a bonus of $5 for every 3 hours completed, whether it’s through transcription or reviews which are credited every first day of the month.

With Scribie, one can also earn through the referral program or the affiliate programs.

The referral program is when you get to introduce a new transcriber to the site through a referral link unique in your profile.

You receive a 5% lifetime commission on the earnings of those you refer to Scribie.

Affiliate income happens when you introduce a customer who gives work to the site. With this program, you earn 10% lifetime commission on orders.

Pros of Working For Scribie

  • Work at your own convenience. Also, you can work without pressure because of the flexible deadlines.
  • Dispute your grade in case you disagree with the allocated grade.
  • Withdraw your cash at any time, plus there’s no minimum withdrawal limit. 
  • Move through the ranks quicker as long as you submit quality work.
  • Automated transcripts are provided with each file, ranging from 60% to 90% accuracy. This means you don’t have to do the transcribing from scratch, saving you some time and effort. 
  • Scribie also lets you know the accents of the speakers in each file before you start you begin transcribing the audio file. 

Cons of Working For Scribie

• Sometimes the audio files are not always audible.
• The pay is pretty low without self- reviewing.

PS: In case of any issues regarding work, Scribie has a live support system that is available for a chat at any time. You can also contact them through their  “Contact Us,” Page or leave your comments on their blog.

Overall Scribie is a legitimate transcription company and having worked there for some time now, I would recommend it to any newbie.

As much as the pay is really lower than usual, it’s a good site to get your foot in the transcription career door. 

Sign up on Scribie today!

If you’re looking for some more sites where you can earn quick extra money, make sure you check out these sites:

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Vindale ResearchShare your unique opinion and get paid for it! Product Developers are willing to pay reviewers between $5 and $75 per completed survey.

Nielsen Mobile App: This app pays you a cool $50 every year just to keep it installed in your mobile device!

Survey Junkie: Get paid to complete surveys. Earn $1-$3 per survey. 

This has been a guest post by Gladys who’s a WAH transcriber.

About the author

Virginia Nakitari is a work from home mom passionate about making money online. She's here to show you legitimate companies offering full-time, part-time and remote jobs from home! Stay tuned!

  • Thanks Sheeroh,

    Much appreciation for the info. I think it’s worth looking at this company so I will subscribe and see how it goes. As someone once said, “We should not put our eggs in one basket,” and it’s always good to have multiple accounts.

    Thanks again for the useful tips you send me every now and then.

    Have a blessed day!


    • Well said Florence. It’s wise to diversify. You just never know what might happen when you depend on one site or one income stream….

  • Thanks alot Sheeroh, with you everyday is a learning day. You are a mind- opener, continue with the good work.

  • Thanks Sheeroh, this is an eye opener for a newbie like me while i work on gaining more experience and typing speed.

  • Thanks sheeroh for the awareness of this site it has open my eyes and potential in transcription. MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

  • Thanks for the article. I am definitely going for it. This is the motivation I needed to get started after procrastinating for months!

  • When our foundation is up and running will definitely invite you for a forum/talk … Thank you for directing us (newbies) in the right path…GREAT..

    • I would be very honored to do that Thomas. Hope you enjoyed reading the post, and more so, take action by signing up!

  • Hi sheeroh,
    Thanks a lot for your informative article. i did read the article and was moved to try it out, so i applied for a chance as a transcription at but the site refused to approve my application stating that my pay-pal a/c isn’t verified yet it’s already verified, what could be the problem then?


    • If it is verified, just send them a screenshot showing that your account is verified. Let me know how it goes…

  • Hallo Sheeroh,

    I am preparing to pay for the training but I would love to know the chances of getting any job or whether there are any available jobs you can link someone to start with.

    Kind Regards,

    • Hi Jacky, There are plenty of transcription jobs. They are to be found in different sites such as Rev, Scribie, which I talk about in this post, among others I mention in my blog.

  • Wonderful piece of writing there and very encouraging. Have been doing article writing all through on oDesk and Elance but have never thought of Transcription. Probably i could try it out.

    Thanks Sheeroh for the info. Amazing

  • Gladys and Sheeroh, Thank you for the great post about scribie! I signed up with scribie over two years ago but never done any of those tests but the good thing is that I got one of foot inside, just got a little scared of those tests coz most of them were not audible 🙁

    On the other hand, I have a good typing speed of close to 60 wpm but I guess my hearing skills aren’t that good even though I follow instructions to the letter. So today I’m heading back to Scribie and take my very first test in a long time just to see how it goes. What tips would you give someone like myself ‘limited’ listening skills?

    Thanks for the good work!

    • Hello Denis, You’re quite right. Signing up is one thing, taking the tests is another. And I agree that Scribie’s tests can be quite horrendous. You need to check in quite often and try to transcribe the files that are a bit short, say 3-4 minutes ones and that aren’t as unclear as the rest. Practice makes perfect at the end of the day. You more you listen – and there are many audio and video files on the internet with different accents – the sharper your listening skills are. Over to you, determined one!

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