In this blog post I will help you learn how easy it is to make money online as a translator, but let me tell you a story to begin. I never thought that my Elementary (Primary) and Secondary School Swahili would come in handy one day and make me some quick money online, but it did. This happened to me on one of my freelancing video gigs on Odesk. My job was simple and direct, to add English subtitles to a 5 minute video (Transcript was supplied).
It was not until I was done with the English subtitles that my client inquired if I could translate the English subtitles to Swahili. I guess the client checked my Odesk Profile and realized I was in a Swahili speaking country (Kenya).
Well, enough said but that is how I made some good money online translating a video transcript from English to Swahili.
What is Translation?
Translation is the process of transferring written text from one language into another while a translator is an individual or a computer program that renders a text into another language. For example Google Translate
Requirements for you to work as a Translator.
Do you know Swahili inside out? Can you read, write and converse in Swahili? Do you know the meaning of many or almost all the words? If yes, you are set to make money online as a translator. This is the most important requirement for translation job, YOU MUST KNOW THE LANGUAGE.
Where can I get Translation Jobs?
Translation jobs are littered all over the internet and deciding where to get the jobs can be like searching for a needle in a hay stack. Don’t you worry. I have taken my time, done my research and come up with some of the few genuine sites offering translation jobs.
Odesk.com is a global job market place and is my first choice when it comes to online jobs. It offers awesome opportunities on an extensive range of jobs but above all it offers translation jobs 🙂 .
As I mentioned, all you need is to know your language well. See picture below for a sample job on odesk. It is a transcription job but it does involve translation.
Just a picture to tell it all.
The next 2 websites were recommended by a Somali friend. He rakes in over 200,000 Kenya Shillings per month from doing English to Somali, Somali to English translation Jobs.
ProZ.com is the leading source of translation jobs and translation work for freelancers. Check out the site to register and get to work.
It has all kinds of translation work from Swahili, Kikuyu, Kamba, Luo, French, Italian. Any language on earth is on Proz.com
The Picture below says it all.
The list of available freelancing websites can be as long as the River Nile but those are some of the few genuine websites that you can use to make money online as a translator.
It is funny how we wander off into the web of online freelancing in search of jobs. From Web Design to Video Production, Academic Writing to Social Media Marketing. All this we probably decided to venture into because other freelancers were making good money from them but just imagine that simple elementary and secondary school Swahili you were taught and use everyday. Money is right under our noses.