Audio Bee Transcription Review (100% Honest)

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Audio Bee is one of the many websites online that pay you to type.

If you’re good at typing and feel you want to work from home making some money, it may be a company to consider.  I wouldn’t say this is an opportunity to work full time; rather, I would consider it as a way to make some side money.

In today’s review, I wanted to show you how Audio Bee works.

Is it legit?  Is it a scam?

As in all of my reviews, I’m always 100% honest, only recommending what I feel is worth your time.

Let’s begin!

What is Audio Bee?

Audio Bee mainly focuses on transcription, but they have other job opportunities as well, such as voice recording, translation as well as annotating speech data.  I will talk about this later, but let it be known that the company provides all of the training you need to succeed on the platform.

The company notes that if you’re looking for a flexible job online with good pay, you may be a good fit.  You get to choose your schedule and you can work whenever you please.  There are no minimums.

The company is based in Santa Clara, California, and is, indeed, 100% legitimate.  However, just because it’s legitimate, it doesn’t always mean it’s worth your time.

Below, I will talk about the few ways you can earn money with the site.

Earning with Transcription

The main way you can earn money with Audio Bee is with transcription.  This is the process of simply typing what you hear in an audio file.  Just listen to the file and type it as you go.

Before you start, however, you will have to take a test to make sure you understand what’s expected of you.  With most transcription, it isn’t always just typing what you hear into a Word document and submitting it.  Many of these files will require a special template and/or you will have to make sure you’re using the right formats.  All transcription companies are different.

If you’re interested in transcription, Audio Bee will provide you with the training, but you will have to pass a test in order to start working.  And, if you don’t score at least 80% on the test, you will not be able to start working.  It’s important that you read through these training manuals in detail as you will be quizzed on them and they only allow you to fail once.  If you fail two times, then you won’t be able to work on that certain category.

If you do pass, then you will have to sign an NDA and you can start working on the languages you were approved for.  You can work on as many jobs as you want, but you will need to pass the training to start working on the job.

Whenever you complete a job, it can take up to 72 hours to get your work approved, depending on when you submit it.

Earning with Voice Recording

Voice recording is a bit different than the transcription portion as you will have to record your voice rather than transcribe.  Everything you need to know about the job will be given to you ahead of time.

Much like the transcription, however, you will have to go through training to start working.  Mainly, you will have to submit samples of your voice to be approved, so it’s hard to say if you will get approved or not.  Again, you will know what’s expected of you during the training process.

To increase your chances, however, you will have to make sure you have a decent microphone as I did read that those who didn’t get approved had background noise, poor quality sound, etc.  As long as the quality sounded somewhat decent, you should be fine.

Unlike the transcription when it comes to failures, Audio Bee will let you know what’s wrong with your voice samples if you do submit a sample.  You can take this feedback to redo the test if you choose to do so.

How Much Does Audio Bee Pay?

Depending on the job you choose, your rates will vary.

If you were to choose the transcription option, the company notes that you can earn $24 to $120+ per audio hour.  Keep in mind that this is audio hour.  On average, it can take four to five hours to complete just one hour of audio.  Doing that math, that means your effective hourly rate will be in the $5 to $24 per hour rate.  These companies use the audio hour rate because this is the industry standard.  While I get they do this, the numbers can be misleading, as you will make much less than this rate.  Just keep that in mind.

As for the voice recording, the jobs are paid based on the project.  According to the site, most projects will be in the $5 to $50 hourly rate, depending on the length and the client you’re working with.  The voice recording work is scarce, so don’t expect much here if you’re going this route.

These rates may seem okay, but they aren’t all that great in comparison to the competitors.  Plus, they don’t have a lot of work, so you may find yourself looking at a blank dashboard quite a bit.  Don’t expect much here, unfortunately.

Getting Paid

When it comes time to cash out, you can do so via PayPal, bank transfer or Payoneer.

For PayPal, your money will be sent out at the end of the week whenever you have a credit; however, if you choose the Payoneer option, you will need at least $50 in your account.

As for bank transfers, this option is only available in some countries, so be sure to look at the country drop down box to see if your country qualifies.

What the Internet Says (reviews)

Honestly, much of what I have read online isn’t all that great.

For example, on Reddit, I read a ton of negative reviews, such as not receiving payment or taking a few days to get their work approved.  Another thread stated that the support stinks and they kept getting their work denied.  It seemed they were more than happy to reach out to you within 24 hours if something were wrong; however, if everything was right, it could take days to hear back.

Becoming a Freelancer

If you are interested in becoming a freelancer, the sign-up process isn’t all that bad.

To start, you will have to provide a few pieces of information, such as your email address, your native language as well as your name.

You will have to choose which job type you’re interested in.  Above, you should have a better understanding as to what’s expected of each job, so it’s best to choose one that suits your interests.

Once you sign up, you will complete a profile and then you can start taking tests for the jobs you’re interested in.  Remember, you only have one chance to pass them.

To qualify, you must be at least 18 years old.  Audio Bee is available globally, but most jobs are found in the USA, UK and Canada.  However, don’t let that deter you from joining as some jobs in other countries do pop up, albeit it’s not much.

Final Thoughts

4/10In all of my research checking out this company, they appear to be on the lower end of transcription.  The support seems to be lacking and the pay seems to be subpar, at least what’s expected of you.  Almost everyone on Reddit doesn’t like the company and I don’t like the vibe all that much either.  While it seems the company does pay, you may run into delays on occasions, do definitely don’t expect much stability here.  It just isn’t a great site to join.

If you want to check it out, it only takes a few minutes, but if not, there are 40+ more options you can consider.  Trust me, there are a lot of transcription companies out there.  If you do join, study the jobs available to make sure they are worth your time.

That’s going to do it for now.

As always, if you want to comment on your experience, feel free to do so in the comments below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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