Interpreter jobs are a viable way to make money from home if you can find ones to match your language skills. Thanks to the Internet, there are job boards, communities and forums to make the process of finding a job that much easier and faster. Like other freelance work, you increase your chances of getting a job if you apply for many as possible. Here's how to find good paying jobs without leaving your home:
Step 1: Decide What You Want to Do
There are many different types of interpreter jobs available. Some work can be high pressure and demanding, such as interpreting 911 calls. You may or may not be suited for those types of job, and if you're not, then don't take on those opportunities. Other jobs are less intimidating, such as working for a bank and helping non-English speaking customers open accounts over the phone. Ask potential employers what types of clients they represent, and whether you're able to choose which types of calls to handle.
Step 2: Determine Whether You Have the Right Home Environment
Interpreter jobs are not like translator jobs. With interpretation, you need to be able to orally convey what the person you're "interpreting" for is communicating to another. Most jobs require you to be available by phone during certain work hours, and have a quiet home environment so that noise in the background doesn't interfere with the process. There are some circumstances where taking on a telephone job at home is not a good idea, such as when you're home alone with a baby all day. If you're alone during the day or your children are asleep during a night shift, then handling phone calls shouldn't be a problem.
Step 3: Search Interpreter Job Boards
Many of the major job boards focus on full-time employment, work on-site opportunities, and not work-at-home jobs. First, start by searching job boards that are geared specifically to interpreter jobs that can be done at home. Here are a few examples:
Check the boards at least once daily to apply for relevant jobs.
Step 4: Look for a Translation Company
If you’re thinking about looking for interpreter jobs, it may be necessary to look for a translation company like Tomedes in order to boost your knowledge of interpreting. You can search on the internet for the right translation company that also has interpreting services, such as medical interpreting, legal interpreting and more. Make sure your industry is represented. Then make sure you have the right portfolio to show to these companies.
Step 5: Broaden Search to Major Job Boards
If you're not finding enough jobs that match your language skills on websites that are geared towards work-at-home jobs, then it's time to broaden your search. Some of the major jobs will list freelance or work-at-home jobs in this category. Some of the major job boards to check are:
- Career Builder
- Job Bank USA
Use search terms like "freelance interpreter jobs" and "work at home interpreter" to find relevant jobs.
Step 6: Join and Participate in a Forum
You may find your next job on a forum. Join one or two forums that are geared towards interpreter jobs and the work at home community. Look for opportunities to answer questions, and offer helpful comments and suggestions, to get the word out that you're looking for jobs. Forum users often generate leads for one another, but you may run into an employer or two as well.
These are proven methods for finding interpreter jobs that should work for you. Spruce up your resume, keep applying and follow up with employers after applying for jobs to stand out from the competition.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.