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WORK + LIFE BALANCE

COURT REPORTERS DESIRE:  WORK + LIFE BALANCE We have all heard how important it is to live balanced lives. What does that mean? For most of us it means having enough time to take care of the things we must do (such as our jobs) but still have time left over for things we want [...]
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Myths and Facts About Court Reporter Support Services

Lack of knowledge about things can hurt us in many ways. Suppose you need to open a bank account but you are unaware of the fact that you actually need a minimum amount to open the account. To use a less common example, flying in an aircraft and not being aware of the safety hazards [...]
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The Different High-Tech Services that can Strengthen Your Court Reporting Career

Court reporters who don’t use latest technologies can lose out on great opportunities. If you are starting a court reporting business you should invest in high-tech services that will help you to work productively.  Similarly, if you are a freelance court reporter, you should use advanced technologies to provide cost-effective and high quality reporting services.  [...]
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Become an Established Court Reporter With the Help of Court Reporting Support Agencies

Most freelance court reporters fail to establish themselves in their profession mainly due to their inability to bring in repeat business. Whether they are looking to receive work from law firms or from other parties, they should retain support from court reporting support agencies. These agencies provide all administrative support that is crucial to building [...]
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What to Look for When Choosing a Court Reporting Firm

The demand for court reporting services has led to the proliferation of court reporting firms and freelancers. Some firms are more reliable than others, and you should be able to identify which will provide superior service. There are also firms that provide court reporter back office support. Their services simplify the business tasks of court [...]
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Significance of Court Reporting Agencies

Being in a court or deposition surrounded by lawyers, witnesses, and/or defendants and in an atmosphere filled with tension, can be stressful. Professionals must be present to document the legal proceedings. The role of court reporting agencies is to cater to all documentation needs and litigation services to help you prevail in your legal battles. [...]
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Myths Busted about Court Reporters

People outside the legal world will probably picture court reporting as a court scene from movies or television and a court reporter as a typist sitting in one corner of the courtroom, cross-legged. This article throws light on the most common misconception about court reporting and court reporters. Myth – Court Reporting is a typing [...]
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An American Success Story

Dallas, TX—Paula Babin, owner of Court Reporters Clearinghouse and Rocky Mountain Reporting, is featured in a special online/print edition of American Success Stories, originating from the studios of KWRD the WORD 100.7 FM.  To find the original article, please click here.
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Using LinkedIn For Independent Court Reporters

Unlike Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn is focused on business professionals and is an excellent tool for an independent court reporter. With over 65 million members in 200 countries, LinkedIn has quickly become the largest audience of influential professionals in the world. Since most LinkedIn features are offered free of charge, there’s no reason for a [...]
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5 Tips For Attorneys Working With Court Reporters

The relationship between an independent court reporter and the attorney is symbiotic. Attorneys could no sooner function without court reporting than they could without judges or clients, but they tend to get in the way of the transcription process without even knowing it. Lawyers can help the court reporter enhance performance and accuracy by adhering [...]
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Time Is Money – Find a Good Scopist

A good scopist is a court reporter’s best friend By assisting court reporters, a scopist helps to ensure the accuracy of the reporter’s work product and saves court reporters time in the production of final transcripts. A scopist helps court reporters maintain their personal dictionaries and during busy periods, can ensure court reporters produce transcripts [...]
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Great Apps for Court Reporters

A smartphone is an essential tool for court reporters, one that can effectively eliminate the need for other devices to complete tasks and get transcripts ready. The following Apps for Court Reporters will help streamline your workflow on the go. Adobe Reader – For iPads and iPhones, this app allows you to read a PDF [...]
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Training Tips For Realtime Reporting Certification

Whether you’re new to court reporting or a seasoned professional, training and certification in real time court reporting increases your chances of landing your first job and will help you gain more clients if you’re already established. Training in real time court reporting is offered by many colleges and technical schools throughout the country. The [...]
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How to Become a Realtime Reporter In Eight Easy Steps

This instruction guide will provide you step-by-step instructions so that you can soon become a Certified Realtime Reporter! Step 1: Make the decision that you can be a realtime reporter Usually it is our brain that gets in the way of our success, so Step 1 in this journey is to decide you can do [...]
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Get Your Realtime Reporting Certification!

The National Court Reporter’s Association (NCRA) provides exams for various skill levels of certified court reporting, including certification for realtime court reporting. 

You must be a member in good standing with the NCRA and a current Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) to register for the Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) exam. Once your RPR status is obtained, [...]
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What Is Real Time Reporting?

Real time court reporting combines the skills and experience of a court reporter with the speed and power of computers. A court reporter’s keystrokes are instantly translated into text and displayed on multiple laptops and screens in the courtroom. The receiving software allows acceptance of the feed directly into a new transcript file and is [...]
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Top 9 Benefits of Real Time Court Reporting

As the world becomes more technology-driven, realtime court reporting provides court reporters with better tools to deliver accurate captioning and transcription at a much faster rate, and recent advances in streaming technology have completely redefined real-time court reporting. Real-time court reporting can now be streamed and accessed over the Internet, eliminating the need for all [...]
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Financial Planning For A Sabbatical

Whether you own an agency, a small firm, or you’re a freelance court reporter, you’ve decided to take time away to reboot your life. You’ve decided on a goal or purpose for your sabbatical and saved your money. With the money safely tucked away, it’s time to start the financial planning for your sabbatical. The [...]
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Taking A Sabbatical From Your Independent Court Reporting Practice

Remember, be clear about why you’re taking time away from your business and what you want to achieve. Have a well thought out plan and begin planning early. This will help you transition out of your independent court reporting business and back when you return. Author Dan Clements suggests taking the following three steps as [...]
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The Benefits of a Sabbatical for a Freelance Court Reporter

Sabbaticals, once reserved for academia, are now considered an important part of the benefits package for about a quarter of the 2012 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. Many companies are realizing the benefits of time off –either for personal or professional development– far outweigh the risks and are finding that people return with [...]
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Tips For Sale of Your Court Reporting Agency

When a business is no longer desired, regardless of the service provided or material produced, it must be sold or the ownership transferred to another individual or corporation. If this business is a court reporting agency, with a full backing of clients and current services, it shouldn’t be difficult for the current owner to transfer [...]
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Tips For Negotiating the Sale of Your Court Reporting Agency

People who are seeking buyers to sell their court reporting agency business must take in to account important considerations in order to get a good deal. Many people negotiate emotionally and fail to attain a worthy price. Obviously, everyone wants to make reasonable money on his investment. Instead of giving away the business for a [...]
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CRC National Newsletter – Celebrate with CRC!

The summer newsletter is here, and it is full of helpful information for our clients and our partners. Here is a quick peek at what’s inside: INSIDE THIS ISSUE Techonology Spotlight P. 2 Exit Plan P. 3 Reporters Calendar P. 3 CRC Directory P. 4 Favorite Hymn P. 4 In order to download the full [...]
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How To Value Your Court Reporting Agency

Court reporting agencies play a vital role in transcribing the goings on of court proceedings. Many agencies work with or inside law firms to provide accurate and effective reporting services. There are many different certification processes as well as legal obstacles to be aware of, so selling a court reporting agency can be extremely difficult [...]
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Need An Exit Plan For Your Court Reporting Agency?

Starting and owning your own small business is an exciting adventure. Building your business takes enormous effort and commitment. Once you get it up and running, it is incredibly rewarding to successfully manage your business and your clients year after year. In doing so, you have created something worthwhile and valuable. However, one thing many [...]
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What Not To Do – 7 Common Pitfalls For Small Business Startups

1. Skipping the Planning Phase Planning may be tedious, but without a solid plan for your business you will be operating in the dark. The most important plans to consider include a business plan, a financial plan and a marketing plan. 2. Not Setting Goals Goals can give you a direction when you first start [...]
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Top 5 Reasons to Own Your Own Court Reporting Agency

Starting your own reporting firm, even if it is just you, is the dream of many court reporters. Just thinking about it is exciting and overwhelming. It can be a great opportunity, but since so many new businesses fail, it’s a good idea to think it through carefully and have a plan in place before [...]
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Visioneering for Your Court Reporting Agency

Paula’s Reflections One of the important aspects of building your own court reporting agency is to make sure you are doing what you need to do to be successful. As a part of this blog, I will share some experiences and thoughts from my own personal journey these past 15 years growing Court Reporters Clearinghouse [...]
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Welcome to Our New Website and Blog for Court Reporters

Introducing the CRC National Blog Welcome to our updated CRC National website and our very first blog. You are probably thinking what I was thinking when I contemplated writing this. Another blog? Who needs it? Well, I was surprised to find out that 1/5 of all the new information being published on the Internet is [...]
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