If you’re bilingual, with or without a college degree in languages, you can work at home online to make money with these skills. English is typically the most in-demand language, but it’s often needed to translate it into other languages such as French or Spanish.
On the internet, these skills are needed to translate websites, videos, audio, websites and even for live translation over the phone. Being able to speak and/or write two or more languages gives you the ability to turn it into a side hustle or even a full-time career.
Best of all, you don’t have the leave the comfort of your own home to work and get paid. There are a variety of websites that specialize in connecting you to clients that are looking to buy translation services. You simply need to join one or more of these sites to find projects. This article is going to talk to you about four specific sites that you can use for this exact purpose.
The Internet is full of content. A decent majority of it is created in the English language, but a decent percentage of the world can’t read it. Companies that want to do business internationally need to be able to produce content and provide customer service in many different languages.
Instead of trying to independently create new content for each country, most businesses will hire professional translators that can convert their English content into dozens or even hundreds of other languages.
When you can speak and especially write multiple languages fluently, you can utilize these skills to help these companies while also making cash for yourself. This could be extra income on top of your 9-to-5 job, or you could also attempt online translation work full-time and never work for a boss again.
There are a lot of advantages to working at home. You don’t spend extra money on gasoline and eating out, plus by staying home you get to spend a lot more time with your family. By starting your own business and being your own boss, you’ll get to set your schedule, control how much you work, and ultimately control how much money you make monthly and annually.
Appen & LionBridge
You can find part-time work in a variety of industries using two sites: Appen and Lionbridge. These sites specialize in translation and linguistics, but you can also find work that doesn’t relate to those fields. Everything from simple surveys to complex translation and localization work is available here.
With either site, you sign up for a profile, and they’ll let you know when work is available that is a match for your skills. On LionBridge, you can also browse currently open positions to see if anything is currently available that meets your needs.
Overall, these sites will likely not provide you with a full-time income for your side hustle. However, if you do need more earnings than these sites can provide, you can easily combine them with other side hustles to reach your earnings goals. Appen also specializes in data collection. They have an App that you can download on your cell phone to use to complete a number of different types of quick projects including surveys, research, submitting audio samples, and more.
WordLingo & LanguageLine
Professional translators, especially those with a college degree in their field of expertise, can earn good money online offering their services.
Websites like WordLingo and LanguageLine either connect workers to clients or offer employment for translation jobs. Signup requirements for both sites are rather strict. Most of them want a collect degree and/or a lot of experience. However, if you can meet their requirements, pay should be good.
Audio, document and website translation are common services that are always in demand. LanguageLine is more focused on language interpretation services on live phone calls. In general, you’re going to need to be a native English speaker that also can speak at least one other language fluently to be able to do this type of job.