$ Ka- Ching! Cap­tion your way to ex­tra cash!

If you’ve got typ­ing skills, a whole host of com­pa­nies have jobs for you as an at-home cap­tioner—that’s when you lis­ten to record­ings of pre-taped shows and movies and type what you hear so it can be con­verted into closed cap­tions!

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✔ AC­QUIRE THE SKILLS! If you’re a fast typ­ist with a good grasp of spell­ing and gram­mar, you can make from 60 cents to $1 per au­dio minute to tran­scribe movies and shows, says Sanjay Chabra of Talk­ing Type Cap­tions, whose clients in­clude A&E, Ama­zon and PBS sta­tions. And to re­ally up your skills— and make your­self in de­mand— check out the Na­tional Court Re­porters As­so­ci­a­tion’s web­site (NCRA.COM) for video and e-sem­i­nars that pro­vide in­struc­tion on cap­tion­ing skills. In ad­di­tion, you can watch Youtube tu­to­ri­als on how to use pop­u­lar tran­scrip­tion soft­ware, such as Ex­press Scribe. “You can learn it in a day,” as­sures Chabra, who adds there’s even a free ver­sion of the soft­ware. Same goes for cap­tion­ing soft­ware such as Subti­tle Edit and Subti­tle Work­shop. Also smart? Prac­tice by writ­ing cap­tions for a show on a stream­ing ser­vice like Net­flix. Then, re-watch the show with the closed cap­tions turned on to see how yours com­pare.

✔ GET GIGS! Log on to cap­tion­ing com­pa­nies such as Talk­ing Type Cap­tions (Talk­ing­type­cap­tions.com), VITAC (Vitac.com) and RNK Pro­duc­tions (Rnkpro­duc­tions.com) and ap­ply through their sites. Chabra sends ap­pli­cants a test and looks for ac­cu­racy as well as quick turn­around since meet­ing tight deadlines is key. Know

✔ EARN MORE! The faster you work, the more you’ll make. So it pays to in­vest in noise-can­cel­ing head­phones and a foot pedal that lets you quickly back up, pause or for­ward the au­dio. And take ad­van­tage of word-pro­cess­ing short­cuts. For ex­am­ple, in Mi­crosoft Word, you can set up a short­cut that lets you, say, get the word “the” ev­ery time you en­ter the let­ter “t.” ( Just search for “Macros” in the Help menu for an easy how-to.) An­other sug­ges­tion? “If you know a new tran­scrip­tion is about cars and the names will be re­peated sev­eral times, tailor your short­cuts to the project,” says Chabra, who adds it can cut your time by 30% to 40%. Span­ish? Def­i­nitely in­clude that on your ap­pli­ca­tion! “Al­most all pro­grams have to be trans­lated into Span­ish,” says Chabra. “And if you know Span­ish, you can earn 10% to 20% more.”

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