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Thursday, November 02, 2006


The first step in finding a freelance translation job is to assess your experience and capabilities; simply speaking two or more languages fluently is not enough. To find a job as a freelance translator your curriculum vitae should include:

a bachelor's degree,
qualifications and experience
target language (mother tongue)
source languages (the ones you translate)
a picture of yourself
contact information
area of specialization, i.e., technical, legal, medical or literature
real life experience in source language country

The ability to write your own mother tongue fluently in regards to both style and context in relationship to the topic of the translation is essential. The real life experience of living or studying in a country where the language that you translate is spoken, will give you the realistic nuance of the language.

Preparation and resources are the keys to finding work as a freelance translator. Preparation for being in business for yourself means having the basic tools to produce your work:

an internet connection
computer and appropriate software
print and online dictionaries
translation softwares
and ideally a dictating machine

If your budget allows, investing in Trados, the industry standard in Computer-Aided Translation will be invaluable. Your cover letter should describe how your will produced as well as all of your channels of communication; email, fax or instant messenger.

With these tools you are now ready to start marketing your services. There are many freelance translator agencies/forums and where you can register for work and gain valuable exposure:

Aquarius.Net: http://www.aquarius.net/
Language 123 Translators Marketplace: http://language123.com/s/freelance_translations_jobs.html
Translators Base: http://www.translatorsbase.com/Forum/Forums/
ProZ.com at http://www.proz.com is an excellent resource for the art and business of freelance translation
The International Forum: http://help.berberber.com/
English Spanish Translation Organization: http://www.english-spanish-translator.org/
Russian Translation Matters: http://www.russian-translation-matters.com/
German/Hungarian/English Translations Services: ATS Group - http://www.ats-group.net/job_en.html
All Languages: Translation Services USA - http://www.translation-services-usa.com/jobs.shtml