Verbal 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.
How much does Verbal Ink pay?
The rate of pay is not disclosed on the Verbal Ink website. However, you're paid by the audio hour. This is typical for most transcription companies. If you apply, you may get an email back from them that does state the rate of pay.
I did check Glassdoor, and most contractors that have reported their salaries say they average between $10 and $11 hourly. Another reviewer said most of the jobs that come through for them pay at around $0.85 an audio minute.
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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 some experience is required. Note that past experience is not always necessary to get started in general transcription. However, some companies (like this one) require it.
Verbal Ink only hires residents of the United States to work for them.
How do you apply?
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 you hear back, you'll be asked to take a transcription skills test. 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 able to get accepted to do work for Verbal Ink, you might consider applying to Quicktate or another company so you can turn to those for work when Verbal Ink doesn't have much for you to do.
Is it hard to get accepted?
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 looking for new transcribers.
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 several years, with no intention of leaving. You can see for yourself that this is a very highly-rated company on Glassdoor.
Again, if you'd like to get your resume on file, send it along with a cover letter to email@example.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.
Are you serious about pursuing a career in transcription?
If you don't know a lot about transcribing from home and are very curious about doing this as your career, here are the resources and further reading we recommend for you:
- Transcription Foundations – a free 7-lesson mini-course that teaches you all about general transcription, how much you can earn, where to find work, and more.
- Legal Transcription – another free mini-course that explains exactly what it takes to get into legal transcription
- Jumpstart Your General Transcription Career – the most informative transcription eBook you'll find, at just $5.99, written by transcriptionist and fellow work at home blogger Lisa Mills.
- CareerStep – the course many aspiring medical transcribers take for training. Payment plans available, plus financial assistance for military spouses.
Good luck in however you choose to approach transcription. It can be a great way to earn an income from home!