By: April Carson
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2019, almost 20% of people in the U.S., which amounts to 67.8 million individuals, communicated in a language other than English at home. The most commonly spoken languages besides English were Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Arabic.
If you are bilingual and want to earn extra money, you can use your language skills to your advantage. You can explore various opportunities to translate and the job is often flexible. Kathy Kristof, the founder, and editor of Sidehusl.com says that this side hustle can be done at any time of the day. With the right skills, you can earn up to $60 per hour.
This makes it an appealing option for people who want to make a good income on their own terms. "Freelance translators are in high demand and can command premium rates for their services," Kristof says. So, if you speak multiple languages, consider utilizing your skills to make extra money! It's a great way to combine passive income with an exciting part-time job.
On average, translators in the U.S. earn $37 per hour; however, their pay may differ based on their client's and personal preferences. Freelancer.com has a translation job listed for $60 per hour, and on Fiverr, translators can be charged up to $125 per project. ZipRecruiter reports that the average hourly rate for translators across the country is $37.
Regardless of the language you are fluent in, there is a need for translation services due to the diversity of languages spoken in the U.S. This makes it a great opportunity for anyone who wants to make extra money. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for bilingual translators and interpreters is expected to grow 25% through 2029.
Not only is this job rewarding from a financial perspective, but it's also personally fulfilling as well.
If you're interested in starting a side hustle as a translator, here are some steps you can take to get started:
Become familiar with the job market: Research which language pairs are in demand and what organizations hire for translation work.
Create a profile on websites such as Thumbtack or Fiverr: showcase your skills and services for potential customers to find you. Translators are hired for various tasks such as translating articles, press kits, scripts, novels, etc. While some gigs may require specialized expertise for translating legal documents, others may only require a general proficiency in the language.
Develop your skills: Take online courses, read books related to the language, and practice speaking with native speakers to expand your skill set.
Network: Reach out to translation agencies, attend industry events, and join online forums to network with potential employers.
By following these steps and making the most of your language proficiency, you can be sure to make a good income as a freelancer translator. So, if you're looking for an exciting way to earn extra money on the side, take advantage of this great opportunity and start your own translation business today!
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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on bossbabymav.com
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