Welcome and thanks for stopping by to read my Literably Job Review.
You may be struggling in a difficult economy and staring at a stack of bills with mounting debt. A job you can do from home is what you need. As a freelancer I know exactly how you feel. I've been there too.
Companies like Literably provide an opportunity for you to not only increase your monthly income from home, but to do in a way that helps others. If you love kids and have a passion for helping them learn, Literably might be what you're looking for... but are they legit?
When it comes to making money online, there's a lot of misinformation, false promises and phony gurus... not to mention flat-out scams. If you're new to this kind of search (making money online), it's understandable if you're not sure if Literably is the real deal. And... you're not alone.
In this review I'm going to explain what Literably is, who they are and how they work. I'll also discuss whether Literably is a scam and go over some of the important cues you can use to determine if other work-at-home jobs you're looking are worth your time.
Here are the specific topics I’m going to discuss:
- What is Literably?
- Is Literably a Scam?
- How Do Literably Jobs Work?
- Literably Reviews and Complaints
- What I Like About Literably Jobs
- What I Don’t Like
- Where Do You Go From Here?
Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for Literably This review has been researched with information and/or testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and/or conclusions are strictly opinions and may not apply to, or agree with, all persons or situations. See full disclaimer for more info
What Is Literably?
To put it simply, Literably is a platform for online assessment of grade school students’ oral reading and comprehension skills.
As a Literably transcriber and scorer, you will grade children’s accuracy in reading verbally as well as their abililty to comprehend what they read.
Your tasks involve listening to students reading from one of Literably’s collection of reading materials. Statistics show that a lot of US students are experiencing difficulties in reading and comprehension, which is why Literably designed their platform to help they and their teachers to solve this problem.
As a Literably scorer and transcriber, you will be helping educators (schools and teachers) identify each student’s weaknesses in English. The teachers and schools will then know how to approach these specific issues and help their students.
Your students are from grades K-8, roughly 5 to 14 years old.
Below I'll get into Literably careers, how they work, and how you can benefit from their jobs. But first we
For the moment, let's get this out of the way...
Is Literably a Scam?
Having real people behind a program or a platform is a good sign it’s legit. And, in the case of Literably, their founders Tyler Borek and Habib Moody are real people with good reputations.
Literably is not a scam, but you shouldn't just take my word for it. There are countless scams out there being recommended to people, and the only evidence provided to prove they are not a scam is someone saying they are not a scam.
So again, you shouldn't just listen to me, but rather look at the evidence.
In addition to having real owners (linked to in the previous section), Literably also has a social media presence that dates back several years.
First is a LinkedIn account and at the time of writing this Literably review, they have 142 followers – not a lot, but it’s something.
More importantly though, is LinkedIn provides a link to 19 current or past Literably employees.
They also have a Twitter account with 1,000+ followers.
My only concern is that I don't see a lot of engagement, but that of course doesn't mean they're not legit. And "concern" is probably the wrong word to use here. If there were a lot of red flags, it would be an important cue and something to be concerned about.
But, I haven't found any red flags to suggest Literably's not legit, so a better word might be interesting. Are they active behind the scenes at Literably for example, or is Literably a secondary project they maintain on the side? Do they have many clients and transcribers?
If you're considering a career with Literably, these are some of the things you might want to know.
Of course, Literably is also on Facebook. They currently have 120 followers.
In addition to a social media presence and real founders you can look up, Literably also provides legitimate contact information that includes phone numbers and a physical address.
You can be confident that Literably is not a scam, but again... Literably is probably not the only work-at-home job or make-money-online you're looking at. Many are obvious scams but for that are not as obvious, knowing how to identify them will help in your search.
How Do Literably Jobs Work?
1. Signing Up
It’s free to sign up for Literably if you’re going to work for them as a transcriber and scorer (If you're a teacher or representing a school, you will need to pay for a subscription).
To be eligible for Literably careers/jobs however, you need to be at least 18 years old. At the time of this Literably Job review, they’re also not accepting applicants from the following states:
- New Jersey
You will also need a PayPal account to get paid.
2. Taking and Passing the Test
Literably is accepting job applicants worldwide, and they don't require specific experience to join their site. However, they do require that you pass their tests before being considered for a job.
You can expect their tests to take approximately 30 minutes to complete. They consist of 6 transcription tasks you'll be evaluated on. Your job is to listen to audio files of students reading and compare them with the written text to identify errors such as omissions, additions, and poor pronunciation and/or grammar.
Your pass or fail is determined by your well you perform this task.
According to some Literably scorers and transcribers, it can take anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks to find out if you passed the test. You can also retake their tests after one year if you don't pass the first time.
If you're in need of a job immediately though, obviously 10 to 12 weeks is long time to wait.
Depending on your current financial situation (and income requirements), you can also make a little money online with survey sites like Survey Junkie and Inbox Dollars. They will NOT provide a full-time income just to be clear, and they certainly won't make you rich. But they're an easy way to get started online if you've never made money online before.
They can also be a stepping stone to something more serious like an online business.
You may be at home because of difficulties with your health for example, or young ones to look after.
If that’s the case and a full-time income online is what you want, knowing how and where to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
3. Working as a Literably Scorer and Transcriber
If accepted, you will be working as a Literably transcriber and scorer (at the same time).
What's a transcriber and scorer? Great question... 🙂
Unlike traditional transcription companies like Speechpad or GoTranscript... Literably transcribers/scorers listen to audio files being read by students and compare the wordings on each to the actual written text. After transcribing what the audio files say, you will then score the students’ performances based on their accuracy and comprehension.
Since you'll be working online, there are some equipment requirements.
You'll of course need a computer with an internet connection. Literably recommends high-quality headphones as well so you can hear audio recordings clearly and block out external noise.
A quiet and distraction free work space will also be helpful, and for your wish list if you can afford it... a proper desk and chair with a high-res monitor at eye level.
If you're spending hours on your computer typing it's best not be hunched over a laptop on your coffee table for weeks or months on end.
The amount you'll earn with Literably depends on your ability to work as efficiently as possible, so the better your tools are to do the job, the more money you will likely earn.
And speaking Literably pay...
4. Getting Paid
At the time of this review, Literably jobs pay between $0.35 to $0.85 per audio minute you transcribe.
To clarify, an audio minute is not the same as a work minute. In other words, you won't be paid $0.35 to $0.85 every minute, but rather per minute of audio you transcribe. One audio minute may take a 4 or 5 minutes to transcribe.
After submitting your work to the system, Literably will review your work for quality and accuracy, and then pay you accordingly. I wish I could give you a definitive dollar amount you'll each day, week, etc. but unfortunately it will vary.
With that said, having looked at some reviews it seems the general consensus is that beginners can expect to earn anywhere from $5 to $10 per hour. It’s also possible at Literably to eventually earn in the ballpark of $10 to $20 per hour once you get the hang of it (at least, some people report earning this much).
Just keep in mind there are no guarantees of work. Literably hires you as an independent contractor/freelancer, and they are not obligated to provide full-time work.
If you choose to work at Literably (and you qualify), they'll pay you once a week (every Friday) via PayPal. They also shoulder PayPal's fees, so you'll get the full amount without deductions.
Again as I mentioned a moment ago, since Literably work is not guaranteed you can you can also earn some extra money with online survey sites in your spare time.
It's not a ton of money by any means, but companies like Survey Junkie are a simple way to get paid for your opinion and Inbox Dollars pays for doing things you may be doing online anyway; like searching the web, watching videos and visiting websites.
If you're looking for something more significant, an online business may be what you're after.
Making money from home might be something you need because of medical issues, children to look after, or maybe you're just tired of working for a boss.
If that’s the case, knowing how (and where) to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
Literably Reviews and Complaints
For some reason, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of reviews on the Internet about Literably Jobs.
This is consistent with what I said earlier about their relative lack of activity on social media. It's not a red flag or anything like that, but it could mean the number of jobs and the amount of hours at Literably may be limited.
Just something to consider if you're aiming for a Literably career.
At the time of this Literably job review, I only found one person sharing their thoughts on Glassdoor. The reviewer on Glassdoor listed the following pros of working at Literably:
- Flexible work from home environment
- Decent pay
- They pay weekly (and on time)
The same Glassdoor reviewer also said the biggest con is that Literably doesn’t have a lot of jobs during the summer months and holidays.
I also stumbled upon a review on Reddit and it seems to imply not all voice recordings on Literably are from native English speakers. You can read an excerpt from this review below...
Because of the above review/feedback, we can assume that students who are not native English speakers are also using Literably’s services. That of course is not a issue if you're a student or a teacher, but as transcriber it's worth mentioning because you are paid by the audio minute.
Files with difficult to understand accents and poor audio quality may take considerably longer to transcribe
I mention audio quality because I found some YouTube comments about this.
According to one Literably job reviewer, she received a task with very poor audio quality and although there’s an “unscorable” option on Literably’s platform, you can’t always rely on that function to reject an audio file with poor quality.
Over at Common Sense Education you can find some informative Literably reviews as well. These are reviews from teachers who are using your transcriptions and scores to provide specific instructions to better meet student's individual needs.
The most common comment from teachers is that Literably saves them a lot of time. They are able to monitor a students reading fluency and accuracy by receiving running records, scores and historical results for each student.
Assessing each student on 6-8 week schedule is a huge undertaking for a teacher and the work you are doing saves them a dozens of hours if not more. So you are not only earning money at home, you are providing a valuable service for teachers and students.
Finally, as far as transcriber reviews, I didn't see anything particularly concerning about Literably. The biggest compaints to watch out for are things like payment issues, persistent software issues and poor support. I didn't find anyone discussing those types of problems.
What I Like About Literably Jobs
- Literably’s platform is helping students learn how to read and comprehend English.
- Literably can help teachers assess their students more effectively.
- A Literably job can prove to be useful to an independent contractor/freelancer.
- They don’t require any experience to apply on their platform.
- They provide training materials for their transcribers/scorers.
What I Don't Like
- Work is not always guaranteed.
- It can take a while for your application to get considered and approved.
- Your actual pay per hour is not the same for everybody, and may be a little on the "light" side when you're starting out.
Where Do You Go From Here?
I know you want to make money from home and Literably is a good option (if hired), especially if you enjoy working with children.
Transcription can be frustrating if you're just starting out though. It requires practice and patience. I'm certainly not trying to discourage you from applying, I just want to make sure I'm not giving false expectations.
This type of work is a skill (like learning a musical instrument or getting good at a sport), and whether you're working with Literably or another transcription company, to become efficient and earn a decent living it's better to approach it more as a career or a profession, rather than a job.
In other words, there will be a period of time in the beginning when transcribing is not only uncomfortable, but the amount of money you earn will not be proportional to the amount of time and effort you put in.
Literably would be a good choice for new and experienced transcribers. If for some reason you're unable to get hired though, there are other options to making money online.
You might be a student in school or a single parent at home. You may have health challenges that make regular work difficult, or maybe you just hate your job and you’re desperate for a way out.
If that's the case, an online business might be what you want.
With all the scams and schemes out there though, knowing how and where to get started the right way is what you need in order to get what you want.
Of course they won't make you rich, but if you've never made money online before, they can be a good first step to bigger things down the road.
I hope my Literably Job review has been helpful and if you have any comments, questions, or experience with Literably, please share in the comments section below.