How do you get your translations orders? Any links? I'd love to translate too!
I've built up a client base over the years, mostly I translate for just one client. Medical stuff. Before I started, I got myself a translation certification - something you don't need an education for where I did it, you just need to take an exam, though one with a pass rate of about 5 %. It has been easier to get jobs with the certification as it serves as proof of skills which otherwise can be tricky for new translators. Certifications vary between countries but most have some kind of certification/authorisation for translators. Some require an education, some do not.
Apart from that, one can ask translation agencies (something like Lionbridge), some of which may ask you to do a proof translation and if it is good enough, they'll include you in their translator database. See if you know anyone with a company who might need translations, I've got a job or two that way too...
Depending on which languages, you could also try and contact translation agencies in the contry(ies) where they speak the language(s), see if they need a translator. It can be tricky to start with and many may ask you to own really expensive software like Trados, Adobe programs etc.... If you'd like to know more, feel free to PM me.
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Thanks everyone for posting! All responses are greatly appreciated. Given me a lot to think about.
I'm a self-employed translator/editor/proofreader/language expert for British English. I don't need to work much to get enough money for everything, and I work when I feel like working, with a deadline. I tend to have fun in the day and work in the evenings.
...At the moment I am a student, though, so I don't work as much.
Yes, midlife change at 40! What was the plan? Move to someplace where I could grow enough fruit and food all year, where I don't need to have heating or cooling...nearly two years now and counting!
I work as a Graphic Designer for a real estate company. I used to work in the office but couldn't take it any longer - the office politics, the nonsense everyday chatter, it was all so meaningless and I couldn't focus on my work or my life! So I asked my manager if I could work from home, I gave my reasons and outlined a plan and he agreed. I also streamlined my work and offloaded a few basic duties to office staff so I could cut my hours to part-time.
I've now been working from home for the last 2 years or so. It's great, I make smoothies all day, spend time in the sun every few hours, do my fruit shopping when I need to. I would never go back to 9-5 again no matter what it took. I'd sooner sell all my belongings and live in a tent.
Wow, that is awesome! Do you still get to earn the same amount of money at the end of the month (or week)?? Do you think this happens all over the world, europe too? or just usa?