How to Make Money Translating
If you know more than one language and enjoy translating, you can find all sorts of work-from-home jobs that are looking for language translators. You can choose to be a freelancer through Upwork or Rev.com, and only take on projects that you have time for or that interest you, or work for a large company and take on whatever projects they have available.
Luckily for you, most translation jobs pay higher than transcription or caption services, and you may get paid even more for providing all three services. Translators for both written and audio files are always in high demand and if you are fluent in multiple languages you can really do well for yourself.
Here are a few companies that specialize in translation and transcription services.
Once you have been accepted as a Rev translator, you will be able to choose from a long list of open files that need to be translated or transcribed. You can work when and where you want as long as you turn in the file before the review deadline.
If you love freelancing, check out TranslatorsCafe. You can upload your resume and rates and sort through a list of jobs posted by companies and agencies. You are able to bid for jobs by sending your resume to the companies, and may even develop lasting relationships for ongoing work.
Transperfect is a worldwide leader in translation services, and if you work well under pressure you may find that this is the perfect place for you! Once you get in as a translator there will be consistent work available and you can easily make a full-time living.
LanguageLine works with companies of all sizes to provide translation services to help grow their businesses. You may translate any kind of document related to business services, including insurance information or employee communications.
Formerly 1-800-Translate, the rebranded company specializes in working with medical and clinical trial companies. Translators should be well versed in medical terminology of their languages. They also offer interpreting and recording services if that is more your style.
Globo works with companies to provide telephone interpretation for any kind of document or file. They are constantly looking for interpreters in nearly every language available. You would need to be comfortable translating over the phone.
Select your own jobs on your time for a flexible schedule, similar to Rev. If you are interested in translating, it is a good idea to apply to many of these companies in order to have consistent and ongoing work.
Create your own profile and contact job posters for opportunities around the world, similar to TranslatorsCafe. You can easily build relationships with clients for ongoing work!
These companies specialize in translation services, though you can also work for large companies like Nintendo, Vimeo, or BBC to provide caption and translation services company wide. See a comprehensive list of these opportunities at FlexJobs.