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Make Money Transcribing Short Recordings

Updated on February 7, 2015

What is TranscribeMe?

TranscribeMe is a company that provides transcription services around the world. Many freelancers find it beneficial because TranscribeMe accepts transcribers anywhere around the world.

TranscribeMe offers easy transcription jobs for people around the world.
TranscribeMe offers easy transcription jobs for people around the world. | Source

Am I qualified?

If you have strong command of the English language and its basic grammatical rules, you can be a transcriber. You must also have a decent typing speed. TranscribeMe does not mention a specific number of words you can type per minute.

You would also need a computer, a reliable Internet connection that could load the MP3 files, as well as a headset. A speaker will do, but believe me, you would be more comfortable and faster working with a headset.

Getting Started

When I applied to become a TranscribeMe transcriber, I took the Transcriber Training program. It consists of a series of exams that would test your grammatical and transcribing skills. I remember filling up blanks that would complete the sentence (like that in an actual exam in school), and at the end of the program, I was given two different audios to transcribe.

The first one is pretty easy and I was able to complete it fast, however, the second one was challenging because of the audio quality.

After passing the program, you can already access the work page where you are given one audio to transcribe. Yes, you cannot choose an audio to work on, but these are short ones (only one minute audio), and easy to complete.

There are times, however, when you cannot really understand what the people are saying on the background. You can skip the audio and work on another one.

Transcription Jobs

Have you ever tried transcription jobs online? What worked best for you?

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Working Hours?

TranscribeMe does not require you to work for a certain number of hours, or on a set schedule. And that's what's good about online jobs nowadays, right?

You can give yourself a quota, at least that's what I did.


Regular general transcriptions (TranscribeMe has other projects and specializations with higher rates, which, a transcriber can apply to as well) are $20 per audio hour. And because their audios are at least 1 minute long, that means you are paid $0.33 per one minute audio that you complete.

You can request to withdraw your earnings through PayPal each week.

Growing as a transcriber on TranscribeMe

TranscribeMe offers a lot of opportunities for their transcribers. If your works are always accepted, that means you are a good transcriber, and that you have a chance of becoming a QA. QAs have higher ratings and they are the ones who double check the work of other transcribers. One of their jobs is to decide if the finished transcription is good enough to deliver to the client.

My experience working on TranscribeMe

First of all, I want to let you know that I have tried working on Scribie, a site similar to TranscribeMe. Transcribers who already have a lot of experience on transcription jobs can say that working on Scribie is easy. The site allows you to choose which audios to transcribe and the audios are 6-minute long.

Coming from TranscribeMe, I can say that Scribie is really tough. There are audios that are really hard to figure out and I have pulled my hair out trying to get a decent sentence out. On TranscribeMe, staffs chop long audios into 1-minute audios so it would be easier to work on. Sometimes I get audios that have long pauses and I end up sending only one whole sentence to the QA team. That's great considering I only have to listen to background noises and the job is done.

I also don't get a lot of rejections, although I think I might have made mistakes on some transcriptions I send.

As a transcriber, you get to see how the QA edited your work so you can do better next time. That's one of the things I love about the website. Also they have full support on the forums. When I was in still active on the website, transcribers are encouraged to join their group on Yammer (a website that's similar to Facebook, but is more corporate). I believe they have moved to another website.

Ever tried working on TranscribeMe?

If you have tried becoming a transcriber on TranscribeMe, feel free to share your experience in the comments below. :)


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