Thanks to the widespread use of the internet it’s now possible to secure a large variety of freelance positions with clients and employees around the globe. Freelance work opportunities range from content writing to photographing and everything in between. This has created a massive global market where people are offering their unique services and being paid handsomely. Working as an online translator has become one of the fastest-growing freelance fields online. In the past, finding translators required a lot of work.
Whether they were needed to translate for a foreign business owner or they were needed to teach students a foreign language: they were hard to find and their services were very expensive. Many companies were forced to hire permanent translators in-house to ensure they were always prepared to communicate with their foreign clients.
The internet changed everything. Now those business owners can instantly connect themselves to online translators who will charge them a fee either per project or on a timed basis. Likewise, people interested in learning new languages can connect with online translators who also have the ability to teach their native language (or any additional languages they may know).
This isn’t only good for businesses and students, but also for those who have taken the time to learn two or more languages. Anyone who can speak multiple languages and who has a reliable internet connection can now become an online translator. As with any online freelance position, it may take some time to find the best work portals or clients, but it can eventually evolve into a very lucrative career.
How To Become An Online Translator
If you have previously worked in any freelance position online, then you can apply many of the same strategies for securing work as a translator. Luckily, it’s not overly complicated so you can still find work easily even with no prior online working experience. A good first step is to locate the top outsourcing websites that offer translation jobs. These types of websites are sometimes referred to as crowdsourcing as well. Clients who need translation work use these websites to connect with online translators.
The website works as a sort of middleman and typically makes money by charging the client or by taking a percentage of the job fee If you’re good at the job, then you’ll move away from these sites in time, but they are a great place to start. You will want to find multiple outsourcing websites like this rather than just one. Each site will have different rules and will operate in a unique way. For example, some websites allow for multiple translators to bid on jobs posted by clients. These tend to be the most lucrative because you are allowed to set your own price.
However, they are more competitive and you will need to learn to bid properly. On the other hand, there are sites that allow you to instantly accept posted jobs, and the payment is set as a flat rate. These types of sites may not pay as much, but it’s easier to secure jobs quickly and begin building an income. Working on both types of sites is a great way to bring in steady income while attempting to bid on more lucrative projects.
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Become An Online Translator Clients Can Trust
In either scenario, it’s always important that you do your best possible work. Your reputation and work experience are what will eventually allow you to move beyond these websites and cut out the middleman. Most of these sites will allow clients to rate you based on the work performed. It only takes one negative review to severely hurt your chances with future clients.
Eventually, you may make contact with the clients away from the site (this will depend on the rules of the site). As you begin working with clients away from the outsourcing site you will be able to charge higher prices because the client will no longer be paying you and the outsourcing website. You will also be able to negotiate a schedule that works better for both of you.
It’s very possible that clients will recommend you to other business associates in need of translating services. This is another reason why it’s important to build a reputable work history. Word of mouth can propel your career as an online translator very far.
Improving Your Career In Other Ways
There are several additional steps you can take from the very beginning to secure your long-term career as an online translator. Think of these steps as long-term investments that may not seem very lucrative at the beginning, but will be far more important as you move away from outsourcing websites and begin working with clients one-on-one. The first step is creating a website. It doesn’t need to be fancy or have any moving parts. A simple work bio, a photograph, testimonials or reviews from clients, and your contact information.
Obviously, you will not have any testimonials at first. The point of this website is to show clients that you are serious about your work. It also means that you can move away from a public email host like Google or Yahoo to your own personal domain email, which will look far more professional when communicating with clients. Finally, you can create a blog on the website.
The blog will serve as a marketing tool, but you’ll need to spend some time learning about SEO in order to fully utilize its potential. The second step is creating profiles on social media websites. You can use these to share your blog posts, network with professionals, share reviews, and find new clients. It’s important to learn which social media sites are best for what. For example, LinkedIn is a powerful tool for networking and building brand awareness around your business. You can use it to meet many new clients as well as other professionals in the same field or related fields.
Technically speaking, you can become an online translator overnight if you already speak multiple languages. But it’s going to take a lot more time to turn into a lucrative dream career. Don’t expect to be working a few hours each day and spending your evenings on the beach from day one. But if you remain diligent that can become a reality.