Captioning Business Resources
Resources for starting and maintaining your own captioning business
Captioners might find these resources helpful. For those who are already aware of these resources, please take the time to look into them and make sure you have the most current information.
General small business resources
- National Association for the Self-Employed
- FCC closed captioning information for consumers
- NCRA Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification
- Find a captioner in the NCRA Sourcebook
- CART Providers – NCRA Facebook group
- Captioners – NCRA Facebook group
Write a business plan
A business plan will help you determine what your goal is in opening a new business, describe your product or service, and identify your competition. You must write a business plan before taking the next step in opening your business, as it will help you solidify your purpose and your goals.
Here are examples of business plans:
- Entrepreneur's business plan resources
- SCORE Association's business plans and financial statements template gallery
- small Business Administration's build your business plan tool
Write a marketing plan
Once you have defined your goals for your business, you need to write a marketing plan that describes how you intend to let potential clients know about your products and services. A typical marketing plan includes an analysis of the competitive market and a budget analysis.
Here are examples of marketing plans:
Educate yourself on legal aspects
Look up local, state, and national tax laws, employment laws, human resources information, and hiring procedures. Here is information on tax laws and financing your business:
- IRS' tax information for businesses
- Small Business Association loans and grants
- Bank of America Small Business Community
Hiring and human resources
CART captioners style and format guidelines
The NCRA Broadcast and CART Captioning Committee has issued a regularly revised document with captioning style and format guidelines for the captioning community. This document provides guidance for independent realtime captioners on a multitude of style and formatting issues, including parentheticals, obscenities and other sensitive words, scripting, musical notes and lyrics, slang and poor grammar, and much more. The guidelines are meant to complement the guidelines that some captioning companies require their captioners to follow. The Committee notes that when captioning companies have guidelines in place for their captioners, the captioning company guidelines take precedence. Download guidelines.