Trying something new is often intimidating, but I’ve always believed that if you’re passionate about something then you should pursue it. If language is what you’re passionate about then looking for online translation jobs isn’t such a far-fetched idea at all.
I’ve compiled a big list of companies and websites below that offer online work to freelance translators.
See which ones will work for you.
The best thing about these companies is that they let you choose your work hours, whether it’s part-time or full-time.
Most of the companies listed below require no translation experience for you to get started either.
Different Types of Translator Jobs
Picking the niche industry you want to translate for can be as important as deciding you want to start looking for freelance translation jobs in the first place.
There are many types of industries that make use of translators, but the main niches you could consider specializing in, include:
- Medical translation
- Financial translation
- Tourism translation
- Legal translation
- Marketing content
How much do translators make?
Translators, on average, make around $19.46 per hour according to Indeed.
The complexity of the work, the languages being translated, and the turn around speed will determine how much you make.
One unfortunate drawback is that a lot of companies are hiring contractors or freelancers. This means most jobs won’t come the typical benefits you could expect from a full-time job.
This does give you more freedom to set your own schedules and work remotely though.
12 Companies Offering Online Translation Jobs
It’s amazing how simple it is to get started working as a freelance translator. I was surprised at just how easy it is for anyone to sign up and instantly get their career off the ground through these websites.
So, naturally, I was a little skeptical.
I went through a long list of online translator websites (you would be amazed at just how many there are) and narrowed the list down to these 12 websites below.
They all have great reputations and good reviews from translators who have worked with them.
Gengo offers freelance translators the opportunity to translate texts between 15 different languages.
Upon signing up, a potential translator needs to take a test which will place them in either the “Standard,” “Pro,” or “Proofread” categories. These categories are based on skill and the payout is also different for each.
Translators are paid in USD per word/characters in the source language via PayPal. Usually, the type of text Gengo offers up for translation is short form stuff like emails and social media posts.
This site offers their clients translation subscription services across 28 languages. What makes the subscription model great is that you will often receive work from the same clients, making it easier to understand their needs.
Unibabel is open to both new translators and veterans and will have you go through about two dozen short translating tasks to assess your skill level. Once that’s done, they will assign you an hourly rate and work based on your skill level.
The great thing about this system is that the more you improve your translation skills, the more you can earn.
Unibabel pays via PayPal and Payoneer.
Translate.com is a popular go-to site for translators. There’s a lot of work, but they work on a first come, first serve basis so you have to be quick if you want to get a steady income from them.
You get paid by the word and will be working with texts like emails and blog posts. They also pay via PayPal and you can cash out anytime.
Unlike most of the other places on this list, Universal Translation Services are looking for translators with a bit more experience under their belt. I’ve added them here because you can always come back to them after you’ve gained some experience.
UTS is a great option because they are a solid brick and mortar company that focuses on offering quality work to attract freelancers to fill their online translations jobs.
They also have a free training program which will help you expand your skills even more.
Turbotranslations is a relatively small newcomer to the block but they are a prime option for anyone who’s new to the translating industry. Their only requirement is that you work fast and deliver quality translations.
Basically, the first person to apply for a job on this site will usually get it, but they do have strict deadlines so it’s essential that you only take on jobs you know you can complete in time.
This is also a good option for someone who wants to start doing this on the side to see if they want to make a career out of translating.
Stepes supports translation jobs for over 100 languages, though you won’t find the same amount of work for all of them.
The site shows which jobs are open and displays how much you can be paid for each job – which is usually in the $1 – $3 range, though you can find higher-paying jobs too.
This looks like a good option if you’re in the market for an opportunity to make some extra cash on the side.
Though if you’re serious about making extra money this year, then make sure to check out my list of easy ways to make money on the side in 2019 – there are over 100 of them!
It’s free to register as a translator on Proz, but there is a paid subscription option that allows you to get access to even more job opportunities.
You can browse the many jobs available on Proz (not all of which are translating jobs) and bid on any you’re interested in.
Proz pays via PayPal.
What makes Lingosaur great is that you can sign up and have tasks sent to you.
You aren’t obliged to accept any of them so you can still take on assignments that will fit around your schedule.
You will have to pass a test to be accepted as a freelance translator on their site, but there’s no sign-up fee.
The site sometimes asks their translators to rate and review other translators’ work – this is entirely optional but you might receive less work if you refuse often.
Peopleperhour isn’t a translation-specific job site but is a popular choice that has been running from 2007; from what I saw they offer a long list of online translation jobs. So they might be a great option for someone just starting out in translation.
There are both paid by the hour and fixed-price jobs available on the site and sign-up is free.
The company is based in Europe and payments are set in pounds, but anyone, regardless of their location, can sign up.
It takes a bit more effort to get started on lengoo than some of the other websites on this list, but it’s well worth it to give them a try.
You’ll have to fill in a detailed application with some supporting documents, like examples of past work, which will then be reviewed by their team. After that, they will assign you a test as well.
Lengoo might be a better option for someone who has some experience with other online translation jobs and is now looking for a more solid opportunity.
After setting up your profile on the site, you will be sent job requests which you can accept or deny at your own pace.
Day Translations, Inc. is continually looking for remote, freelancers to fill translation projects.
You can be assigned to jobs like book translation, corporate documents, signage, medical reports, employee manuals, websites, emails, and more.
They also offer positions for phone interpretation, subtitle positions, and a few other work at home jobs outside the scope of translation.
Their Glassdoor profile reads exceptionally well with little to no complaints against them.
Tomedes is constantly in need of translators that speak 2 or more languages.
They do require a few years experience with a primary focus in the legal, technical, IT, medical, financial or marketing areas.
Payments are made via Paypal. There is no indication of salary and translators are considered freelance positions.
The Bottom Line
If you’re fluent in more than one language, then you can try these online translator jobs and make a successful career out of working from home.
If you’ve worked with any of the companies listed above, please leave feedback in the comments below to help others decide what company would best suit their needs.
It is entirely possible to build a career while working from home and there are a great many different career options out there to pursue. So many, in fact, that I’ve put together a great big list of work from home jobs you could try this year.