Finding freelance jobs online is more promising than ever with easy access to the internet. For talented professional translators, there is no shortage of work.
But before you get online, do not ignore the translation job opportunities just around you.
- 1-classified ads in the local paper
- 2-joining a professional network
- 3-word of mouth referrals
I personally prefer word of mouth referrals. It is more likely to give you some assurance of job legitimacy.
People who are referred to you usually are already pre-educated about your service or product. They are ready to buy from you.
You just need to have a system set up for referrals.
While the internet may be easy and quick, it can also lead to many scams. It is also filled with people who are just looking to get something for nothing. Legitimate online jobs do exisit, but you have to learn how to protect yourself.
First of all you need to know where to find freelance jobs online. Not all onlinejobs or prospects are created equal. Here are a few resources you might want to look at to find jobs online:
- Translators’ cafe
Some freelance job sites are free, while some charge you an annual fee to bid for jobs. In other cases, a freelance job site might offer both free and paid membership, but free membership usually only provides limited access to their job listings.
You can also look for websites where you can get free advertising for your translation service – such as craiglist-you can also post your profile free.
When you search freelance jobs online, follow these do’s and dont’s and choose jobs wisely:
- Do search established well-known job sites.
- Do look for listings from recognizable companies that can be readily verified.
- Do request a meeting or conference call to discuss the job.
- Do listen to your gut feelings or instinct if something doesn’t sound right.
- Do create a contract/agreement for the work.
- Do ask for a deposit (usually 10%) especially for big projects and clarify the payment schedule beforehand.
- Do some thorough research on the company or individual who is hiring you.
Sites that offer secure payment options and other protective measures to freelancers can minimize the risk of working with both individuals and lesser-known organizations.
- Do not apply to every listing you see
I would be extremely cautious about responding to freelance opportunities listed on websites where anyone can post a job for free.
If you do so, NEVER give out any information which puts you at risk, like home phone number, address etc.
- Do not respond to low-pay, no-pay or revenue-sharing opportunities.
- Do not send money to others before you get a job.
- NEVER give out personal bank account information in order to have funds deposited into it – only accept paypal or cheques (which must clear) and if necessary, cash.
- Do not give personal information or sensitive data to a client.
Remember, even when you apply for freelance jobs online, you are still dealing with people.