Translation Employment Opportunities - Making it as a Freelancer
You decided that you wanted to be a translator. After earning your degree and getting certified, it is not time to find a job in your field of choice. When it comes to translation employment opportunities, you have a couple of options available to you. You can work for a translation business as a regular 9-5 employee. This offers a stable flow of projects and a steady paycheck. However, you are limited in how much you are able to make and you don't have the personal freedom of being able to come and go that freelancing affords you. If you prefer to be your own boss, there here are a few tips for finding translation jobs that will help you pay the bills.
The best place to get started with your freelance translation business is on the internet. In fact, I would say that you will find the bulk of your jobs online. The first thing you want to do is get a website. Most people search online for products and services. You need to establish a web presence that will come up in the search engines whenever someone uses it to find translation services. Ideally, your domain name should be easy and memorable. Web hosting is very cheap. Once you have those two things, you can use free website software to create a site that details who you are and the services you offer.
In the beginning of your business, you will need to find the translation employment opportunities. There are many places where you can look to find jobs. You may want to start by searching through online classified ads. Since you'll be working online, you are not limited by geographical locations and online classifieds allow you to look for jobs in multiple states and even other countries. Be careful when applying for positions. Research the company before submitting a resume to ensure you are being scammed by a fake company.
Once you start receiving translation employment opportunities, you will want to set up an account with a payment processor like PayPal. This will allow you to take payments by credit card and even electronic check. This way, you will not have to reveal personal information, such as your address, in order to receive payment and you won't have to deal with bounced checks. In between fulfilling project orders, make sure you are continuously marketing your services to ensure you have a steady stream of work.
-By Adriana Tassini
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