Verbal Ink Transcription

by Anna T · 10 comments

in Non-Phone, Transcription, Typing & Clerical



Verbal Ink TranscriptionVerbal Ink is a transcription company that used to go by the name of Escriptionist. They hire general transcriptionists to transcribe audio files from their homes.

For more details on general transcription, check out this post.

How much does Verbal Ink pay?

The rate of pay is not disclosed on the Verbal Ink website, but I have been able to find out that it is by audio hour. If you apply, you may get an email back from them that does state the rate of pay. I’ve read a few comments from various people who have said that the pay at Verbal Ink is pretty good when compared to Quicktate, Scribie, etc.

Who can apply?

The website says they are looking for “highly skilled transcriptionists.” They do not state how much experience you need to have, but I would think with this company it’s probably best if you’ve at least done some transcription in the past. Verbal Ink only hires residents of the United States to work for them.

How do you apply?

You have to send an email to jobs@verbalink.com and let them know why you’d be a good asset to their organization. You also need to include your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to the email. They will not accept applications that do not contain a cover letter with the resume. If they want to consider you for employment, you’ll have to take a test, which most people say is very hard. Pass the test, and you should be in.

How does scheduling work?

After you are hired, you let them know in advance each week how much work you want/need to do, and they will try to accommodate you as long as that much work is available. There may occasionally be dry spells when there is little to no work available, so I’m not sure I’d advise you to depend on this as your only source of income. If you are lucky enough to get hired by Verbal Ink, you might consider applying to Scribie or Quicktate (or some other transcription company that pays even better than those two) so you can turn to those for work when Verbal Ink doesn’t have much for you to do.

Is it hard to get hired?

I have read that Verbal Ink is fairly selective, and many people who apply never hear back after sending in their resumes. Even though they accept applications all throughout the year, they are not always actively hiring.  After receiving your resume, they may put it on “hold” until they have a need for workers.

What do people say about Verbal Ink?

The only real complaints I’ve seen about Verbal Ink are from people who applied and complained that the test was too hard or that they were upset they didn’t hear back. People who actually work for them seem very happy and while many of them don’t depend on Verbal Ink as their main income “egg,” they say it is one of their favorite companies to do work for. There are many transcriptionists who have been with Verbal Ink for many years.

Again, if you’d like to get your resume on file, send it along with a cover letter to jobs@verbalink.com.

They also want you to let them know why you’d be an asset to their company, so be sure to include that in your cover letter. Please keep in mind that what I have posted is just a general overview of the company, and they may or may not be actively hiring right now.

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1 Carla E. August 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

If I don’t meet Scribie’s requirements then I’ll give Verbal Ink a try. I think I would like to have a transcription job from home. It’s not as hectic as customer service.

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2 Jess August 10, 2011 at 5:48 am

Thanks for posting this, I always have friends looking for transcription worj!

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3 Katrena August 10, 2011 at 7:26 am

I just got invited to take the test with Scribie’s. Listening to some of the audio’s I think this is a lot of work for just a $1 per audio. Are there some steps to make this process faster. I think textbroker is more easy to make a dollar with just writing a little. Any advice????

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4 Anna August 10, 2011 at 8:07 am

Katrena, you can probably make more with Textbroker if you are new to transcription. I don’t know for sure how you can speed up the process since I don’t do transcription myself, but I think other people have said that it’s something you eventually get faster at the longer you do it. Beginners are usually slower. So it might be worth sticking with if it’s something you think you would enjoy. I know that after you’ve gotten some experience, you can apply for higher paying transcription work.

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5 Alasia October 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I have a contract with Verbal Ink. Your starting pay is based on your experience level and the content of the audio file. You get paid more for files with average quality, poor quality, speakers with accents, multiple speakers, excessive technical jargon, etc.

They are quite selective because your transcripts have to be flawless.

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6 PanPan October 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Good post, Anna. I’m in the process of applying for different transcription companies, and was considering applying to Verbal Ink but was not sure. I will apply.

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7 Anna October 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Thank you and Good luck PanPan! Please come back and share your experience later after you have started :)

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8 Panpan December 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I applied and received confirmation that Verbal Ink had received my resume. The reply was along the lines of “We’ll let you know if we need you.” :)

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9 Transcription Services January 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm

If Verbal Ink, Quicktate, and Scribie don’t work out, Verbal Fusion is another transcription services company to consider. Verbal Fusion also hires general transcriptionists to transcribe audio and video from home.

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10 FinalHeaven23 July 31, 2014 at 3:42 am

The test is fairly extensive but not the most difficult I’ve seen in my time. They gave me two files each about 13 minutes, both with difficult audio and multiple people. You also have to know your way around MS Word. It was never necessary for me to do a lot of what they requested so I spent quite some time Googling Word help. They put as much emphasis on format as they do accuracy, grammar etc. There seems like there is really no room for error with them and they don’t let you know if you failed or not :\ fingers crossed.

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