Is Scribie Legit? A Review

Scribie Review

Thanks for joining me today for this review of Scribie. I will be taking an indepth look at this platform and finding out if it is legit, and if so, if it is really worth your time.

What is Scribie?

Scribie pays members of its website to work from home as a transcriptionist and, once promoted, as reviewers. It also pays members for referring new members via its affiliate program.

What is transcription?

Just in case you are not quite sure what this is I will just give you a short overview.

Transcription, or data entry as it is sometimes called, is a term used for turning oral or spoken into written form. As a transcriptionist your job would be to listen to things like phone call audios, podcasts or video recordings, and then type them out as a written transcription.

You may be thinking that there must be some kind of qualification or special skills that are needed to do this work.

You would be right in thinking that, to a certain extent. Some types of transcription are quite specialised and aren’t suitable for home work, however some are.

Data entry is something you can do from home as it  requires little skill, which makes it suitable. That’s not to say that you don’t have to have a certain aptitude for this kind of work, it certainly doesn’t suit everybody.

You will need to be quite fast at typing and have good English comprehension spoken in a variety of accents.

What Equipment Will I Need As A Transcriptionist?

  • Internet Connection
  • A Decent Pair Of Headphones
  • Adobe Flash
  • Download of Free Transcription Software

How Does It Work At Scribie?

  • Initially you will be asked to take an application test, and you need to be able to pass it to join. Don’t worry too much if you don’t pass first time because you are allowed 10 attempts.
  • Once you have passed the test you can log in and select the jobs you want. Once you have chosen, you then have 2 hours to submit.
  • You are paid $10 per audio hour. That works out at $1 for each 6 min audio. Don’t forget, those rates aren’t the amount you will be paid per hour, they are the length of the audios. When you first start out it may for example take you up to half and hour to do the work needed for a 6 min audio. Obviously you will get quicker as you gain more experience.
  • There is a $10 bonus paid monthly when you have submitted 3 hours audio.
  • Payment is via PayPal only, so obviously you will need to open an account if you want to join Scribie
  • There is also a referral program that enables you to earn 5% referral commission on the direct earnings of all the transcribers you refer through your affiliate link, there is no limit as to what you can earn through this program.
  • Once you have just $1 in your account you can withdraw via your PayPal account, however you will be charged 2% for any withdrawals below $30.

Here is a promotional video by Scribie advertising its services to potential clients.

Promotion At Scribie

When you start out at Scribie you are just carrying out the role of transcriptionist, and someone else reviews your work and gives you a grade.

After you have completed 10 transcripts, and if you have achieved a high enough standard, you will be able to be a transcriptionist and the reviewer too.

Pros

  • This is very flexible work that you can undertake whenever you have free time.

Cons

  • Some people may not be suited to this kind of work, some may find it quite challenging especially when listening to audio with broad accents.
  • You won’t earn very much, unless you are exceptionally good at this. Even if you are it’s not likely to pay you a full time wage. You are a contractor at Scribie, not their employee so you don’t get a guarantee of earning minimum wage.

 

Verdict

My verdict is that Scribie is legit

Scribie is legit as there is evidence online that proved it pays you for the services that it asks you to carry out. It is however a low paying opportunity.

The income you are likely to get from doing this will probably help you to save up for something. I  wouldn’t rely on this income or give up a full time job if you have one. It is flexible however and can be easily fitted into your daily routine.

I hope you enjoyed reading my review of Scribie. Do you have any experience of working with Scribie that you want to share? If so please leave a comment below.

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Reyhana - September 5, 2016

When I was looking for a way to make money online a few months ago, I found scribie and since I thought myself to be good at English, I decided to sign up.

The audio themselves were not very bad. I was able to choose an audio script for the application test. From my experience, I want to tell everyone out there not to think that it is easy as just listening to a never ending speech. Most of the time, there are multiple people, talking over each other so you cannot understand what they are saying. Some laugh while talking, so those can be hard to understand too.

I have not had a hard time with quality though. And like you mentioned in your post, it can be while before you master it if you’re a beginner so it’s not a fast way to make decent money. I also stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate and by far, it’s the best way to make money online, over a long period of time. You can sleep and the money will still roll in!

I highly recommend that everyone try Wealthy Affiliate!

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Ray - September 5, 2016

Hi Reyhana,
Thank you for sharing your experience of working with Scribie.
Yes I guess there can be difficulties understanding what is being said, not because of poor quality but because people don’t always speak clearly, or there are background noises. And yes like you say it could take a while to master the skills sufficiently in order to begin earning more.
I’m glad you found Wealthy Affiliate and you feel the same as me about it being the best way to make money online. I think it’s a great investment of your time because the rewards really can be outstanding.
Thanks again for your comment, I really appreciate it. My best wishes to you toward your online success.

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Liz - September 5, 2016

Great review. I always enjoy learning about legit opportunities online. Sometimes I am tempted to take some work like this online, but then I remember what my long term goal is and that is to be earning passive income online, so I think you are right in that there are other options out there that will give you more opportunity into the future. Thanks for the info, and will bookmark your site in case friends want to check out scribie.

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Ray - September 5, 2016

Hi Liz,
Yes it really is down to your circumstances at the time. You can earn a side income from legit companies like Scribie, which will help to pay some bills.
However, like you say, you can earn a passive income from the Internet as long as you invest your time building a business.
I wish you well with your online ventures, and I appreciate you coming here to comment on my review of Scribie.

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Heather Montgomery - September 6, 2016

WOW! I was just wondering if a site like this existed because I had a Crowdflower survey that required me to listen to audio clips and transcribe them. I love doing stuff like this! I used to work for an insurance agency and would call customers and customer service for agents and take notes and relay messages within the office ontop of a few other things as well. So I think I will be applying to this tomorrow! Thank you so much for the information!

-Heather M.

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Ray - September 6, 2016

Hi Heather,
I’m glad you found this review of value to you. If you enjoy this kind of work then why not give it a go, it doesn’t of course suit everybody though.
The pay won’t be good although there are a few that earn quite well but I think they must be quite exceptional at it. It’s like everything you have to put time and practice in if you want to do well.
Best wishes to you, I hope Scribie works well for you. Thanks for dropping by on my site to comment, I really appreciate it.

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Daybe - September 8, 2016

This is something insightful for people who are having a hard time in the job market, students, or those who are at home all the time and want to earn some spending money. But it doesn’t seem like something you want to earn a living on.

Thank you for the info! Definitely something I would like to keep in mind.

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Dennis - September 8, 2016

I liked your review as it was unbiased. I am happy to see that there are Legit opportunities out there. This does seem to be a bit specialized but for a good listener and great typist it would be a great second income. I do wonder what people are actually making with this? It seems as though having the opportunity to take the required test 10 times would give you an impression as whether or not you could make it.

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Ray - September 8, 2016

Hi Daybe,
Yes Scribie is useful for earning some extra cash to pay bills or to save toward something.
I wouldn’t rely on this income however either, and I wouldn’t give up your job so you can try it.
It does however offer flexible working from the comfort of your own home.
Thanks for dropping by and commenting I do appreciate it.

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Ray - September 8, 2016

Hi Dennis,
Yes the work offered at Scribie isn’t going to suit everyone however if you have the skills and aptitude as well then you will obviously do better.
I can only guess at what the average earnings of the members are, I think it is most likely to be not very much. There are probably exceptions, and they are likely to be those that have gotten good at it because they’ve practiced it and developed their skills.
It is of course each to their own, but I wouldn’t want to do this kind of work for small pay.
I appreciate your comment Dennis, thanks for dropping by.

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Tammy - September 12, 2016

Thank you for this information. I had never heard of this program before. I don’t think it’s for me, as it seems to be a lot of work for not so much reward..but I do know a few people who would be interested in this and I’m going to point them in your direction to read this.

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Loretta - September 12, 2016

I tried my hand at transcribing. Not with Scribie thou. I never heard of it until now. I thought that because I am native English speaking American and I took up shorthand and typing when I was younger, I would be able to transcribe with no problem. Boy was I wrong. With all the accents out there it was hard for me to understand what people were saying. I had to replay it over and over again and sometimes still got it wrong.

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Ray - September 12, 2016

Hi Tammy,
Thanks for dropping by. I agree, I have done quite a lot of this kind of work, and I am happier working on my website.
It is of course each to their own and some people like this kind of work and flexibility. I appreciate the share and your comments….thank you

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Ray - September 12, 2016

Hey Loretta,
It’s great to get your opinion on this type of work.
Accents I know can be really difficult, it’s something you may not consider before you undertake this kind of work, and then you realise how much time it can take.
Thank you for taking the time to comment, it really is appreciated.

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