Scribie Audio/Video Transcription Service

  • 1 Sign up as transcriber
  • 2 Setup PayPal Account
  • 3 Take Transcription Test


  • Home-based job, work at your convenience
  • $5 to $25/audio hour pay rate, USD
  • Short files, 10 minutes or less
  • 2 hours TAT for each file
  • Free automated transcript, to save around 60% of typing effort
  • Get rewarded for good performance; become a Reviewer -> Proofreader -> QC
  • Monthly Bonus of $5 for every 3 hours completed
  • No obligations, no monthly commitments or withdrawal limits
  • We don't assign files, you get to preview and choose the files to work on

Introduction offers a great opportunity to augment your income by transcribing audio files for us. The work involves listening to the audio files and typing it as accurately as possible. You just need to go through a test process and get certified as a transcriber. Once certified you will be paid for the files you transcribe on an audio hour basis. For each submission, your account will be credited with the appropriate dollar amount. Your earnings will accumulate and you can transfer it to your PayPal account anytime. From PayPal, the funds can be transferred to your bank account. There are no monthly commitments or minimum withdrawal limits. Payments are made once a day.

If you are an experienced transcriber and have spare time, then can help you to fill that up. If you are starting your career as a transcriptionist then you can gain valuable experience and hone your skills on

We have transcribed more than 8,970,331.63 minutes of audio since 2008 and have paid around $4,176,645.65 to our certified transcribers. Around 43,663 home-based freelancers from all around the world have successfully cleared our transcription test to date.


  • Good comprehension of English
  • Ability to interpret conversations
  • Ability to apply context and identify mistakes
  • A Verified PayPal account (linked to a bank account or credit card)
  • Laptop/desktop computer and internet connection
  • Headphone/headset
  • Latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser

Additionally, the core skill we look for is ability to correct manual/automated transcripts. Scribie will not be a good fit if you are looking for typing-only jobs.

Please note that we cannot process PayPal accounts from residents of California, US as we are not AB5 compliant as of now.

Verified PayPal Account

We send payments via PayPal and we require a Verified PayPal account in order to be eligible for this program. It is a necessary requirement and cannot be relaxed. In order to verify your PayPal account, it has to be linked to a bank account and/or credit card depending upon your country. Please check the PayPal FAQ for the exact process. If you do not have a PayPal account already then please sign up for one and get it verified before taking the test. It is free to sign up for PayPal.

This requirement is specifically to ensure that you are able to receive the money when we transfer your earnings to your PayPal account. A Verified PayPal account indicates that you are able to successfully transfer your earnings to a bank account eventually. It also helps us save on support costs for payments related issues.

You can specify any PayPal account as long as it's Verified and not in use already. It can also be changed later on. The PayPal account is not used for any purpose other than funds transfer. We do not support any other payment methods currently.

Transcription Process

Our transcription process consists of following steps.

File Splitting

Raw Transcription



Quality Check

1. File Splitting: In the first step, the audio file is split at 6 minute intervals.

2. Raw Transcription: In this step, the audio for each part file is played back and transcribed as accurately and cleanly as possible. The incomprehensible parts are marked with blanks. We provide a free automated transcript which you can correct and submit as per our guidelines.

3. Review: During Review, the Raw Transcript is checked for correctness and quality. The audio file is played back again and each transcribed word is checked against the audio. The blanks are filled, if possible. Timestamps and speaker tracking are also added at this stage.

4. Proofreading: In this step all part files are collated together and the combined transcript is checked against the audio once more.

5. Quality Check: In the last step, the transcript is quality checked and either delivered to the customer or re-proofread.

The Freelance Transcription Program is applicable at steps 2, 3, 4 and 5, namely Raw Transcription, Review, Proofreading and QC. As a certified transcriber you can login to your account anytime, select a file for transcription, review or proofreading and submit them. The earnings will be credited to your account when your file completes the next step. You can also preview any file to check the quality and accents and before you select.

A detailed description of our process is available here.


We pay $5 to $25 per audio hour.

We pay by audio hour and not the actual time spent working on it. The payment for 6 minute file therefore can vary from $0.5 to $2.50.

The earnings are credited to your account once your submission is reviewed and it accumulates there. It can be withdrawn to your PayPal account anytime. You have to submit a withdrawal request for that. There is no minimum withdrawal limit. The funds will be sent to your PayPal account in 1 business day.

There are no application fees or any other charges.

Referral & Affiliate

You can increase your earnings further by referring other transcribers and/or customers to us. We will pay a 5% affiliate commission to you for each transcript order placed by a referred customer. For referred transcribers, we will pay a 2.5% referral commission on their direct earnings. There is no limit on the amount you can earn from referral or affiliate commissions.

We encourage you to promote your profile on your blog, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. The profile page has referral/affiliate codes embedded in it. Anyone who applies as a transcriber or orders a transcript after visiting your profile page will be automatically marked as your referral.

Automated Transcript

We also provide an automated transcript with each file. The automated transcript is machine generated and the accuracy varies from 60% to 90% depending upon the audio quality, accents, and other things. Therefore it has to be corrected before submitting. However, this can still save around 50% of the typing effort. The following has to be corrected:

  • Mistakes
  • Missing words
  • Missing or incorrect paragraph breaks
  • Utterances for strict verbatim files
  • Incorrect capitalization of words
  • Missing punctuations, especially "

The Auto Transcribe button in the editor will insert the automated transcript at the current cursor position. This feature is provided free of charge so as to improve your efficiency and productivity.

Certification Process

The certification process consists of several steps. A summary is provided below.

Sign Up

Confirm Email

Setup PayPal

Submit Test File


1. Sign Up as Transcriber: The first step is to sign up as a transcriber from the Sign Up page.

2. Email Confirmation: To confirm your email address, we will send an email to the signup email with a link. Please visit the link in your browser to complete the account creation. You can delete your account and signup with an alternate email as well.

3. Setup PayPal Account: Before you take the test you have to specify a Verfied PayPal account which is a necessary requirement.

4. Test File Submission: To take the test, choose one of the files listed, transcribe it and submit the transcript. Please note that your submission will be rejected if any guideline violations are found.

5. Certification: Your submission will be graded when the file is delivered to the customer. Depending upon the grade, you will either be certified as a transcriber (and paid for the test file) or rejected. If rejected, you may compare the differences between your submission and the reviewed file, enable re-test and submit another test file. The maximum number of attempts is 10.

Post Certification

After you have been certified, you can login to your account with your email address and password and select any available file. Files are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and assigned to the first person who selects them. You can select as many files as you want but you can have only one assignment at a time. The assignments have to be submitted within 2 hours with one allowed extension for an hour. You may also cancel your assignment. There are no penalties for cancellation or timeouts.

Your account will be credited with the respective dollar amount for the file once the submission is reviewed. Each file has review-by date and the review will be completed on or before that date. The earnings keep accumulating on your account till you submit a withdrawal request to transfer the earnings to your PayPal account. All withdrawal requests are processed in 1 business day. There are no minimum limits on withdrawals. However a fee of 2% is charged if the amount is less than $30.

We also provide a certified profile page and an embeddable widget which you can display on your blog or website. The certificate accredits you as an audio transcriber on and lists your work experience and performance history. You can use this certificate as a reference for the transcription work done on, if required.

Performance Tracking

We employ a grading system to track performance. The grades range from A+ (5/Excellent) to D (1/Poor) and are based on major mistakes found in the submissions. The average of the grades of the last 100 submissions, called the Overall Grade, is the metric used to track performance. Reviews will be enabled after 1 audio hour of raw transcript submissions have been credited and your Overall Grade is above 3. Similarly, Proofreading will be enabled after 5 audio hour of Review submissions have been credited and your Overall Grade is above 3.5. QC will be enabled after 10 audio hour of Proofreading submissions have been credited and your Overall Grade is above 4.

A minimum Overall Grade of 2.5 has to be maintained for you to keep working on Scribie. You will not be able to work on any files if the OG falls below that mark. However, your account will remain active and it can still accrue Referral and Affiliate commissions, if any. You can also opt to delete your account and re-take the transcription test after 6 months from the date of account deletion.

We also provide a dispute resolution mechanism for incorrectly graded and/or reviewed files. The disputes are completely anonymous and are arbitrated by our administrators. Our final decision is binding.

Potential Earnings

The amount you can earn from solely depends on your skill and ability. For an average case, if you spend 8 hours each day 6 days a week on, the following will be your earnings.

Assignment Type Potential Monthly Earning
Only Transcription $200 - $300
Transcription and Reviews $300 - $500
Transcription, Reviews and Proofreading $500 - $700
Transcription, Reviews, Proofreading and QC $700 - $1000

If you spend lesser time, then your earnings would be proportionally lower. Conversely, if you have the skills and are able to pick up the work, your earnings can be double the amount listed. These are very conservative estimates only applicable for the average case.

Please note that the above is provided solely for the purpose of illustration and estimation.

Get Started

Please sign up as transcriber to start. Please note that you have to satisfy all the requirements before taking test. For any questions, please check the FAQ or contact us via email.

Transcription Guidelines

The transcription guideline is a set of rules that should be always followed. Therefore please adhere to these as strictly as possible.

Do not violate these rules

  1. The raw transcript should not contain text other than the spoken audio. No headers/footers, speaker tracking, time-codes, comments etcetera.
  2. No part of the audio should be omitted, unless specified otherwise by an instruction or another guideline.
  3. Inaudible parts should be omitted and marked with a blank ____.
  4. Laughter should be omitted and marked with [laughter] or [chuckle].
  5. Ellipsis ... should be used to indicate unfinished sentences or mid-sentence pauses.
  6. Contractions, wanna, gonna, kinda, gotta, should not be expanded.
  7. Numbers one to nine should be transcribed in letters and numerals otherwise, except for measurements.
  8. A new paragraph should be started at each change of speaker and paragraphs should be separated by an empty line.
  9. Fillers (right, you know, I think, like, I mean, so, actually, basically), false starts, stutters and partial words should be omitted, except for strict verbatim files.
  10. Utterances should be omitted for non-strict verbatim files, unless necessary. For strict verbatim files, only the following utterances should be transcribed: Mm-hmm if in agreement, Uh-huh if in disagreement, Umm and Uh.

Additional Notes:

  • Strict verbatim files are indicated with an instruction. Files without the instruction should be considered as non-strict verbatim.
  • Blanks that are filled during the Review, Proofreading and QC steps are considered as major mistakes (except for names and acronyms).
  • For Guideline VII, measurements are considered as anything which has a unit (kg, ml, currency units, etcetera).
  • For Guideline IX, the filler words specified have to be frequently repeated by a speaker during the conversation to be considered a filler. In-frequent usage of those words should be transcribed.
  • False starts are when the speaker starts a statement but immediately corrects it to something else.
  • For Guideline IX, all files are non-strict verbatim by default. Strict verbatim files are indicated by an instruction on the file. Therefore if the instruction is not present, all utterances, fillers, false starts, stutters should be omitted. If the instruction is present, nothing should be omitted and the raw transcript should match the audio word for word.
  • The only case when an utterance is required in a non-strict verbatim file is when it is a response to a direct question. The unless necessary part of Guideline X specifies that.

Style Suggestions:

The following are some styles that we recommend. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you require additional guidance, please contact support.

  • Punctuations are free style. Please use your discretion on placement of commas, periods, semicolons, exclamations etc.
  • Spelling styles are different for each file and the styles suggested by the spell check should be followed.
  • All proper nouns should be first letter capitalized, e.g., names of places, person, organizations, job titles, etcetera.
  • Spelled out names should be all capitalized and separated by hyphens. E.g. A-D-A-M.
  • Use etcetera instead of etc.
  • Use i.e., instead of ie.
  • Use e.g., instead of Eg.
  • Alright and All right are both acceptable.
  • A statement can begin with an And.
  • Generic drug names should be all lowercase and branded drug names should be first letter capitalized. Google once to check if they are generic or branded.
  • Special marking schemes for phonetics and spelling should not be used. Blanks should be used instead.
  • Periods should not be used in acronyms. E.g. PhD instead of Ph.D.
  • The following examples further illustrates Transcription Guideline VII.
    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Date: March 2, 2012
    • Temperature: 5 degrees
    • Money: $5, $500,000, $5 Billion
    • Percentage: 5%
    • Speed: 5 miles per hour
    • Dimension: 6 x 10, 5 feet 2 inches
    • Address: 213, 2nd Street
    • Era: in your 20s, in the 90s
    • Rank: ninth, 10th

Sample Transcript

The following is a sample transcript which illustrates the formatting required for raw transcripts. Please note the following:


  • There is no speaker tracking, eg. interviewer/interviewee, person 1/person 2 etc. There are also no time codes. Both of these are not required for raw transcript.
  • The transcript is broken into paragraphs on each change of speaker. Each speakers continuous diction is on one single paragraph and paragraphs are separated by empty lines.
  • Inaudible parts are marked with a blank, ____ to make it stand out from the rest of the transcript. These blanks may or may not get filled during review, but are always checked.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click on the question link to view the corresponding answer or click here to show all answers.

1. General

1.1 What is audio transcription?
The process of converting audio files to text is called audio transcription.
1.2 How is it done?
By listening to the audio and typing it out.
1.3 What is the payment rate?
$5 to $20 per audio hour, i.e., $0.5 to $2 for a 6 minute file.
1.4 Why is the pay rate lower than minimum wage?
Our pay rate is comparable, if not more than the other freelancing websites. However we are a global service and depending on your location, skill level and many other factors, the effective pay rate may be lower than the minimum wage for you. If it is, we would recommend that you do not sign up.
1.5 What does audio hour mean?
We pay for the length of the audio file rather than the amount of time it takes for you to transcribe.
1.6 What is the TAT?
2 hours, for files which are 6 minutes long or shorter.
1.7 What is the type of transcription?
General transcription.
1.9 What is the language?
1.10 What are the accents of the speakers?
North American, British, European, Australian, African, Indian or mixed.
1.11 How long are the files?
6 minutes or shorter for Transcription and Review, longer for Proofreading.
1.12 How long does it take to transcribe a 6 minute file?
The average is around 45 minutes if you type, 18 minutes if you use the automated transcript. It will vary depending on your comprehension ability, typing speed, quality of the audio file, etc.
1.13 Can I take the test if my typing speed is low?
Yes, you can. You can also use the automated transcript feature in the Editor. Try it out in the Practice files.
1.14 How many files can I select/submit per day?
As many as you wish. However you can have only one selected assignment at a time.
1.15 Does the pay rate depend on performance?
No, the pay rate depends only on the type of the file.
1.16 Does the pay rate depend on amount of work done?
No. However we pay a daily bonus for the proofreading and QC stages once the required amount of work is met.
1.17 How frequently are the payments made?
The earning is credited to your account when your file completes the next step of our transcription process. It accumulates there and you can withdraw your earnings to your PayPal account anytime.
1.18 How long does it take to review a submission?
1 week. Each file has a scheduled date of review and it may be reviewed before that date.
1.19 How much work is available each day?
Around 447 files were added each day in the last 3 months, on an average.
1.20 Can non-US residents take the test?
Yes. However you have to be in a country supported by PayPal.

2. PayPal

2.1 Do you support payment methods other than PayPal?
No, we currently support only PayPal.
2.2 Can you send money to my Credit Card/Bank Account and/or a check?
No, we currently support only PayPal.
2.3 How will I receive the money in my bank account?
You can transfer the funds to your bank account via bank transfer or check from your PayPal account.
2.4 What is PayPal?
PayPal is a popular payment service which can be used to send and receive money. Please visit for details.
2.5 Why is a PayPal account required?
To receive the payment for the work done. Once the funds are in your PayPal account you can transfer it to your bank account.
2.6 Why is a Verified PayPal account required?
To ensure that you can receive money and you are familiar with the process. Please check the PayPal section of the Introduction tab for more.
2.7 Is the PayPal account used for any other purpose?
No. The PayPal email address is used only to send money and is not shared, sold or spammed in any manner. Please read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service to learn about the rules that govern all the data associated with your account.
2.8 Is log in with PayPal safe?
Yes, we use the industry standard technology called the oAuth protocol to check your PayPal account status. The password is never shared with us. We only receive information about your account from PayPal. It is the same technology which is used in Facebook Connect where you login on other websites with Facebook without sharing your password.
2.9 Why can I not set up my PayPal account even though it is verified?
Unfortunately, the information we receive from PayPal indicates that your account is Un-Verified. Please contact PayPal support to resolve the issue.
2.10 How do I sign up for PayPal?
Please visit the PayPal Sign Up page and sign up for a personal account.
2.11 Do I have to pay any fee for PayPal?
No, PayPal sign up is free.
2.12 How can I verify my PayPal account?
You have to link your PayPal account with your bank account or credit card. Please check the PayPal Verification FAQ for details.
2.13 Can I apply if my PayPal account is un-verified?
No. A Verified PayPal account is a necessary requirement.
2.14 Can I apply if my PayPal account verification is in progress?
Please apply once your verification is complete. We reject applications in which the PayPal account supplied are un-verified.
2.15 Can I use someone else's PayPal account?
Yes, as long as they are not already in use by someone else on
2.16 Can I change the PayPal account later on?
Yes, it can be changed.
2.17 From which countries do you accept applications?
Since we use PayPal for the payment processing, we are restricted to countries supported by PayPal.

3. Transcription Test

3.1 What are test files?
Test files are raw transcription files applicants at Scribie need to pass to get certified with us.
3.2 Is there a waiting list for test files?
None, that is a remnant of the old application process we had that no longer applies when we updated the application process.
3.3 Is it possible to wait for weeks with no available test file?
Yes, if you do not check regularly, as the available test files depends on our workload and the current number of applicants.
3.4 Is there a way to speed up the process?
Unfortunately no. However you can always spread the word about on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, website and other places and help us get more customers. More work load will accelerate the pace at which the test invites are sent and shorten your waiting period.
3.5 Will the test invite expire after some time?
No. You can take the test at your convenience.
3.6 How long can I defer my test?
For an indefinite period.
3.7 How many test files do I have to submit?
One, unless you fail and have to re-take it.
3.9 Why can't I see any files when I log in?
Files are added on a first come first serve basis and assigned to the first person who selects them. Please wait for new files to be added. A notification will be sent to your email address as soon as new files are available.
3.10 Is the test a live file from the customer?
Yes. The file has to go through all the 4 steps of our transcription process for us to evaluate it correctly, which can only happen if the files are live.
3.11 Is it possible to get more test file choices?
Yes. Please keep checking. New test files are added every day.
3.12 When will new test files be added?
Unfortunately, we cannot predict when the next set of test files will be added. Please wait for the email notification and check as soon as you receive it.
3.13 Can I re-apply after my 10 test attempts are over?
Yes, but only after 6 months. Please practice before taking the test.
3.14 Can I get extra attempts if I lose one due to technical issues?
No, the limit is fixed at 10 and cannot be increased. We provide 10 attempts so that if you lose an attempt inadvertently, you are still covered. Therefore please use your attempts judiciously.

4. Miscellaneous

4.1 How can I refer someone else for this program?
Please ask them to visit and apply.
4.2 Will I get the referral commission?
No, you have to be an certified transcriber to get the commission.
4.3 Are any taxes deducted from the earnings?
No. You have to report your earnings in your tax returns and pay income tax as per your country's laws.
4.4 Will I be hired as an employee/independent contractor of Scribie?
No. You will be paid on hourly basis for the work done and considered as self-employed.
4.5 Is there a application fee?
No, there are no fees or charges.
4.6 Do you outsource work to companies?
Unfortunately, no. Only individuals are eligible for this program.

Practice Files


  • Click on the blue play button to preview the audio quality, accents etcetera and select the easiest one.
  • Press F10 and listen for 5 seconds. Press F10 again to pause and type what you hear.
  • Repeat the process for the rest of the file. Press F7 to go back and F12 to insert a blank for inaudible parts.
  • Spell check will be started automatically on submit and has to be completed in order to finish.
  • On submission, your transcript will be compared with our version and the differences will be shown. Look at the major changes and evaluate the accuracy yourself.
  • Please use a supported browser; latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  • Please note that these files are provided for practice and are not representative of the actual test files. Actual test files are much harder.