Lionbridge: Translation Work From Home
A Work-at-Home Job Company Profile
Lionbridge offers translation, interpretation, internet research, and data entry opportunities. As an advantage, many of these opportunities allow you to work from home.
Based in Waltham, MA and founded in 1996, Lionbridge employs more than 4,000 people and operates locations in more than 26 countries. Additionally, its Lionbridge Enterprise Crowdsourcing division employs a network of 100,000 work-at-home independent contractors to provide data management, translation, search evaluation, and testing via a crowdsourcing platform.
In 2012, Lionbridge acquired Virtual Solutions, owner of crowdsourcing data-entry site VirtualBee (formerly KeyforCash). For more about applying to its home-based positions, see this profile of VirtualBee.
The company provides translation and localization to international business clients. This includes developing products such as software, websites, marketing materials, documentation, multimedia and e-learning products, and training. Additionally, Lionbridge provides "global crowdsourcing solutions for clients with international search engines and online marketing initiatives." Its Internet assessor jobs (similar to Google's ads quality rate positions) are in this division.
Types of Work-at-Home Opportunities at Lionbridge
Its crowdsourcing division (Lionbridge Enterprise Crowdsourcing) and its translation and interpretation divisions (the Lionbridge Service Partner Portal and Interpbridge) offer work at home for independent contractors. Applicants are usually recruited from specific countries.
In these crowdsourcing opportunities, the positions include Internet assessors (who evaluate results of a web search), social media search consultants (who express opinions on the quality and content available on the Internet), Internet judges (who are similar to Internet assessors, but are hired worldwide), in-country financial consultants (who monitor and document changes in regulatory requirements and national standards in a given country/market), and online maps specialists (who evaluate and improve online mapping software).
These are all home-based freelance jobs.
For translation, Lionbridge calls its independent contractors “service partners.” These include providers of translation, desktop publishing, audio services, multimedia services, technical writing, testing, software development, and internationalization services. These are also home-based, but interpretation jobs may be onsite.
Because Lionbridge is a global localization company, most of its opportunities are for bilingual jobs, though there are some English-only jobs in crowdsourcing. The languages needed range from commonly spoken to niche. Usually, a specific type of a general language is required, such as Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian, or French.
The languages include (but are not limited to): English, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Faroese, French, German, Icelandic, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kurdish, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Spanish, Mongolian, Quechan, Portuguese, Russian, Tatar, Zulu, Basque, Catalan, Galician, Swiss German, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Dutch, Danish, Polish, and Welsh.
In addition to its home-based independent contractors, Lionbridge allows telecommuting for some of its other employment positions. Use "work at home" as a search term to search its jobs database for these opportunities.
Applying to Lionbridge
The application process varies, depending on what type of work you want to perform for Lionbridge.
For crowdsourcing opportunities (Internet assessor, etc.), go to the Lionbridge Crowdsourcing Enterprise page.
For the service partner jobs (often translation jobs), register as an expert. The application begins by collecting basic information, work experience, and education. Next, you check your areas of expertise (choices range from automotive and business retail to esoteric practices and law). It then asks what software and equipment you have access to (translation packages, operating systems, graphics, hardware, personal productivity packages, communications equipment, utilities, etc.), and your skill level with them.
For interpretation jobs, which are not necessarily work-at-home jobs, go to the Interpbridge sign-up page and submit a general interpretation application for freelance jobs, or click on the title of a job, such as linguist, to submit an application.
While most of Lionbridge's work-at-home opportunities are for independent contractors, it allows some of its employment positions to be telecommuted. Search the company's jobs database using "home" as a keyword.
Additional Information About Lionbridge
Lionbridge operates in Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Corporate clients of Lionbridge include Adobe, Canon, Caterpillar, Cisco, Dell, eBay, EMC, Expedia, Forrester Research, Inc., Golden Living, Google, Honeywell, HP, Johnson & Johnson Merck, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Pearson, Philips, Porsche, PTC, Rolls-Royce, Samsung, Siemens, SkillSoft, Sony, The Court Services, the U.S. Department of Justice, Verizon, and Volvo.