Does the idea of becoming a phone interpreter sound appealing to you?
Providing telephone translation services is one way to make some extra cash without leaving your home!
But before you get excited about these working home jobs, you need to know some pros and cons about this profession.
There is no shortage of telephone translation companies in North America.
You may get hired as an in-house operator/translator or a work from home over the phone interpreter either for full time, part time or a casual position.
The good news is you don’t need to get any specific training or education for phone interpreter jobs. If you have a strong degree of language proficiency, you can apply.
You will probably have to pass a challenge test though. These test are most likely much easier than those administered by your local translators association.
Preparation is always helpful. Work on your medical and legal terms, since you’re going to encounter calls involving medical or legal scenarios a lot.
Learning how to take notes effectively is also very essential in this business.
Companies usually hold orientation sessions over the phone with their prospective language professionals. You’ll likely know what to expect before the test.
And of course, you may like the fact that there is no commuting necessary.
Unfortunately as a result of the fierce competition in the market of telephone translation services, companies have been very aggressive in curtailing the pay rates for over the phone interpreters.
With a permanent position you’ll get about $9 to $17 per hour. If you have a casual position, you can expect to be paid from 40 cents to 1 dollar per minute depending on your language combination and the company you are working for.
On the other hand these work-from-home translator positions can be very demanding. You may spend most of the time on the phone with few opportunities for a bathroom break.
Casual positions may offer more flexibility, but the financial rewards can be very inconsistent. Your income would depend upon your availability, language pair and luck.
Either way, don’t expect to get comfortable financially from these call center jobs at home.
Also, being confined to the house for any extended period of time probably isn’t for everyone.
Working as a phone interpreter takes a specific mindset. If you feel this is the right direction for you, make a list of telephone translation companies.
Conduct research on these companies before you apply. Read the contract carefully before you sign. Some companies have strict regulations regarding what you can and cannot do even after you end your employment with them.
Watch out for companies with terrible reputations regarding paying its interpreters fair wages and providing reliable schedules to them.
It’s never good to undersell yourself just to be able to work in your pyjamas.