Earn Money Online Writing Subtitles

Last Updated on March 23, 2022 by Road To Free Life

If you are looking for flexible work from home job or a way to make some extra money, you can start writing subtitles or captions and make some money.
Basically, what you have to do is to write down the voice and sounds from a video or a sound file, into text. You can make money while working on classic TV shows, modern movies, educational videos, and more.

In other words, you get paid for typing what you hear or translating what you hear.


You should have good typing skills, patience, and good listening skills. If you feel you have them, then you can definitely make money here.

Here you will find a list of the best places to get subtitles or captioning work from home jobs.

But before I start, let me quickly answer the most common questions regarding this job.

What is the difference between Captions and Subtitles?

Captions are written versions for the dialogs you listen to in the videos. It helps you to understand clearly the voice. There is no language translation in captions.

Subtitles are translated versions for the dialogs. For example, you want to watch a French movie, even though you can’t understand the French language. English subtitles will help you to watch the movie.

How much I can earn?

It depends on the projects you choose to work on. The average monthly earnings are $240 and you can get paid up to $1600 if you became one of the top captioners.

And if you want to write subtitles, you can make $1.50-$3.00 per video minute. And the average earnings are $958 per month.

Can anyone become a captioner or subtitle writer?

Yes, anyone who is interested can apply to be a captioner or subtitle writer. But you need to know the language and its grammar. I highly recommend you to check out this awesome Udemy course from Ali Desoki: Learn All About Creating Subtitles (SRT) and Closed-Captions.

If you want to become a subtitler, then you should be knowing both languages. The English language and the which you are adding subtitles, which can be: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, or Czech.

Do I need to have experience?

No, you don’t need to have any previous captioning experience, but in this case, you should start with this Udemy course. It’s just 1 hour and 14 minutes and you will learn everything you need to know about writing subtitles and captions. Click here to get the course.

Can I work from anywhere in the world?

Yes, you can work from anywhere in the world, all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Where To Find Captioning or Subtitles Work from Home Jobs

1. Fiverr

The best place to find subtitles or captioning jobs if Fiverr. All you have to do is to create an account, post your gig, and wait for jobs. First, you should take this Udemy course (click here), because Ali(the author) describes exactly how he got over 450 jobs for writing subtitles and captions.

2. Crowdsurf

To get started with CrowdSurf, you must sign up for Word Market which is the platform they use to hire and pay all their freelancers. The Work Market platform utilizes recruitment groups to connect you with employers who offer freelance work. Once you’re approved, you can apply to join CrowdSurf as a new transcriber. You can apply here: https://crowdsurfwork.com/.

3. Rev

Rev will pay you $0.45-$0.75 per video minute. The average monthly earnings are $240 and you can get paid up to $1570 if you became one of the top captioners.
For the captioner job, you can apply here: rev.com/freelancers/captions
For the subtitles writer job, you can apply here: rev.com/freelancers/subtitles

4. Vanan

Vanan it’s a company founded in 2013. They offer anyone the opportunity to work with them. They offer captioning and subtitles service to some of the biggest names in the United States.  There is always work to be done on Vanan so if you are interested, you can click here to apply: https://vanancaptioning.net/Or send an email at [email protected]  with your resume.

What are the Cons?

  • Low pay if you are not a fast typer and have no previous experience with writing captations, it might take you longer to complete some the projects, so you won’t earn that much;
  • Can’t make a living off of what you’re being paid. You can look at this just like a side hustle.
  • Many people who work, claim that sometimes can be poor audio files.

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57 thoughts on “Earn Money Online Writing Subtitles”

  1. Charmian Derrick

    Like someone else asked I am also interested in correcting typos, proofreading, is there and opening for this or any training ?

  2. Thanks for this! I think it’d also be a huge help to make use of transcription tools like izitext.io when making the subtitles. The transcription work gets done in an easier and faster way!

  3. I live in Tanzania East Africa and would love to earn extra money by transplanting English to Swahili language. Do you know any company that hires such people and help me connect with them please?

    I also need help in blogging. I am a beginner and would love to be a blogger too.
    Hope to hear from you.

  4. This would be nice, I’ll try out Crowdsurf I was most interested in Rev but sadly due to living in California and due to the AB 5 law about freelancing, I cannot apply for it since it doesn’t allow from my demographic area.

  5. Hi,

    What is the rookie average rate/min for video captioning please in French? ANd also for French video subtitling (translating from Engligh to French)?
    I have an “SRT file creation” in French from a customer and I need to reply with a rate..I have never done SRT file creation, and I need to know the market rates please .
    For 1000 minutes of video, how much time would be needed approximately? (French to French SRT file creation.

    Please reply on my email: [email protected]

    1. Road To Free Life

      Hi, Alex.
      According to Rev, the minimum pay rate per minute subtitling English to French is $3.00 and for captioning in French is $0.45 to $0.50 a minute.

    1. How is going for you @Anita ?? I also took the course, which made me understand much better about this job, set my gig on fiverr, and apply for the other 3 companies. This took me about 2 hours and now I’m waiting to work.

      1. I got a $95 order on fiverr and already completed it. Still, no answer from Vanan but I’m very happy because I was able to make some money already 😁

        1. Hello Anita,how much you got paid per hour? How did you write your resume to get selected? Please reply,I want to make some money online

  6. Hi, I just submitted my application and hope to get accepted. Thanks for this post as it’s clear and easy to read.

  7. I’m french and I love engish and use this language all the time. Do you think it’s better to apply for subtitling or captionning(for Rev)? I feel like you would earn more money with subtitling than with captionning, but maybe it depends on how long you work for Rev?… I’m not sure. What would you advise? What are the pros and cons for both of them?

  8. I would like to correct the typos and grammatical errors I often see in captions and subtitles. Does a caption/subtitle proofreading position exist?

    -Grammar and spelling nerd

    1. THIS! It annoys me when the words are completely wrong…. or the spelling terrible, Id happily do this job!

  9. I know only English from the languages in the middle level, can I work in this job. I can do many amateur translations.

  10. Hi Road to free life.
    Well Rev pays by PayPal and my country doesn’t have paypal service so I would like to know whether they have other ways to transfer money???

    1. Road To Free Life

      Hi Meto. I can’t answer to your question. You should go to the Rev website and contact them directly.

  11. Can you do this work as a high schooler? I would like to make some extra money, and I wanted to know if me still being in school would interfere.

  12. Hello!

    I was born and raised in Portugal, therefore I can speak both English and Portuguese and I am a subtitler in a site called VIKI where I watch Asian programs. Just signed up for this, hope I can be useful 🙂

  13. Hi, Thanks for sharing the amazing information. I am also the online earner from the youtube and Instagram but this idea is better than others. Really Thanks full to you

  14. Hello, i do have a question, do you have support for Romanian language as well i do know only English and Romanian.
    So to Know if i can apply for the translater one or just for captions

  15. I just looked on their website and all i can choose to translate to is Korean and Japanese. Unfortunately i dont speak that.

    1. Road To Free Life

      Hi Michelle.
      I think there are other smaller companies, but they don’t pay more than Rev. You can look at this job just as a side hustle to make some extra income.

      1. Hi Road to free life.
        Well Rev pays by PayPal and my country doesn’t have paypal service so I would like to know whether they have other ways to transfer money???


    Hi, KELSEY.
    I just only start working for Rev 2 days ago, and until now, I made around $70, working a total of ~3 hours. I should receive the money Monday. If I’ll get it, definitely will work more

    1. How is it going working for Rev? I’ve heard of it and wanted to try but don’t want to waste time if it’s not gonna be a good return. Are you making money? Is it worth a try?

    2. Hi Barbara 👋,
      For the interest, how has this worked out for you, did the first week with pay go as expected?

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