Work-from-Home Translation Jobs

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If you are bilingual, this opens a lot of possibilities for work-from-home jobs, such as bilingual call centers, translation jobs, interpretation, localization, online teaching, and more. Of course, each of these jobs can require a different skill set in addition to your language capability. Also jobs will vary by the language you speak.

Many translation jobs are done by freelancers, but some companies do hire home-based translators as employees. The list below includes translation opportunities for both independent contractors and employees with skills in a variety of languages. Keep in mind that if you have a bilingual skill you may also want to include bilingual as a keyword in your job search for all types of job categories as well.

01
Aberdeen

Company mostly provides captioning and transcription services but also hires translators to work at home and in its office in Orange County, CA.

 

02
Acclaro

Localization and translation agency hires experienced translators and other localization professionals to work at home as independent contractors.

03
American High-Tech Transcription and Reporting

Firm offering transcription and translation services to government, law enforcement, corporations, and other organizations. Hires both on-site and work-at-home translators. Applicants must pass and pay for FBI and state criminal background checks with fingerprints. Translators must be certified in their language through either a state or federal court interpreter's program, ATA, ATLA, ACTFL, or other certifying agency.

04
Appen

In addition to translation, this company hires language professionals in search evaluation, transcription, and interpretation.

Languages include: Arabic (Egyptian, Gulf, Iraqi, Levantine, MSA, Syrian, Maghrebi Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan, Tunisian), Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Bakhtiari (Iran), Basque, Bulgarian, Cantonese, (China PRC, Hong Kong), Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, English (Australian, Canadian, Gulf, Indian, Irish, New Zealand, Singapore, South African, UK, US), Estonian, Farsi, Finnish...See full list

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Apple At-Home Advisors

Bilingual Jobs: Call Center, Tech Support
Apple at Home is a work at the home call center program from Apple that is part of the company's AppleCare department. Use the keyword "home" in the company’s job database.

 

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Asurion

Bilingual Jobs: Call Center
Device insurance company hires at-home customer service agents as employees in various U.S. states for full- and part-time positions. Agents bilingual in Spanish and French are in high demand.

 

07
Clickworker

Worldwide crowdsourcing company hires independent contractors for data entry as well as writing, translating, and researching. Pays on a per piece basis. Registration and an assessment are necessary before "clickworkers" can begin accepting tasks for payments.

 

08
Connections Academy

Bilingual Jobs: Teaching

Connections Academy, a "school without walls," is a virtual educational program serving K-12 students throughout various states in a non-classroom-based environment. It hires certified teachers for online teaching jobs. It includes foreign language teachers for K-12 German, French, and Spanish.

 

09
Cruise.com

Bilingual Jobs: Call Center Agents
Spanish-speaking agents are needed to sell cruises and provide customer service for this internet cruise seller.

 

10
Enterprise Holdings

Bilingual Jobs: Call Center

Car rental company that owns Enterprise, Alamo, and National employs remote call center agents who speak French and English in the U.S. and Canada. Pay for bilingual agents is approximate $1.50/hour more than English-only agents.

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GlobaLink Translations Ltd.

Canadian company assists clients with translation and cultural adaptation needs. Its translation jobs are for both translators and translation reviewers.

 

12
Google

Bilingual Jobs: Translation Review

Hires ads quality raters, who evaluate the accuracy of Google web advertising and communicating the effectiveness of web layouts and information using an online tool. The requirements include a BA/BS degree (or equivalent experience), fluency in a specific language as well as English, an understanding of the culture of the speakers of the specific language, web research and analytical capabilities, high-speed internet connection, and U.S. work authorization. Languages include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Italian, German, Spanish, Turkish, Russian and more. See job profile for ads quality raters.

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LanguageLine Solutions

This company hires work-at-home interpreters for telephone work. Must live in the United States, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, or the United Kingdom.

 

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Languagesunlimited.com

This company hires linguists on a freelance basis for translation jobs as well as on-site and telephone interpretation and transcription services. To apply, register in company’s database.

Languages include: Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, English, French, German, Russian, Bengali, Hindi, Portuguese, and more.

 

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Linguistic Systems Inc.

Bilingual Jobs: Translation, Interpretation
Requirements include two years experience, college degree, access to email, and knowledge of using basic translation software tools. Company seeks language professionals with in-depth knowledge in a professional field (such as medicine, software, finance, and engineering). Interpreters or narrators (voice-over professionals) living in the New England area are desired. The online application includes translating a short text for each language pair you wish to qualify in. Permit to work in U.S. required. 

 

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Lionbridge

Global localization company provides translation and localization to business clients. It also offers global crowdsourcing solutions for clients with international search engines and online marketing initiatives.

Languages include: 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.

 

17
LiveOps

Bilingual Jobs: Call Center
The company hires independent contractors, call-center agents, and licensed insurance agents for a variety of positions including outbound sales, bilingual customer service (Spanish and French), and financial services.

 

18
NetworkOmni

Hires experienced freelance language specialists as independent contractors. Minimum requirements are three years professional experience in translation or interpretation, college degree, and knowledge in specific subject areas, such as legal and financial matters, marketing writing, medical, and general business. Also has freelance opportunities for desktop publishers and localization engineers.

Languages include: Afrikaans, Amharic Arabic, Burmese, English, Estonian, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish, and more.

 

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Pacific Interpreters

This company hires telephonic interpreters and translators for the medical industry. U.S. citizenship/work permit and experience in medical industry required.

Languages include: Assyrian, Amharic Arabic, Bengali, English, Estonian, Khmer, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Catalan, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese, Navajo, Yiddish, and more.

 

20
Quicktate or iDictate

Bilingual Jobs: Transcription

Provides transcriptions of short audio files, such as voicemails and dictated notes, by hiring work-at-home transcribers. Pays approximately $.0025 per word. Offers slightly more for medical transcription work at a rate of approximately $.0050 per word. Successful QuickTate transcriptionists may receive work from iDictate, which transcribes a wider range of documents. Bilingual, particularly Spanish and English, transcribers needed but other languages such as French, Italian, German, Chinese, Farsi, Portuguese, and Japanese desired as well.

 

21
SDL

Global information management company hires freelance translators for translation jobs. The company is a supplier of localization services to the IT, engineering, e-business and multimedia sectors. Experience in those particular fields and other business sectors is helpful. Requirements are a minimum of two years freelance (or one year in-house) translation experience, but the company says it accepts "translators with relevant alternative experience or qualifications."

Languages include: English, Chinese, German, Italian, Korean, Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, and more.

 

22
Responsive Translation Services (formerly 1-800-Translate)

Bilingual Jobs: Translation, Interpretation

Hires freelance translators and on-site interpreters. College degree required. Email resume for consideration. Languages include English, Dutch, Haitian Creole, Korean, Hebrew, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Arabic, Mandarin, French, Amharic, Portuguese, and more.

 

23
Rosetta Stone

Bilingual Jobs: Teaching

Hires native speakers as online language tutors and online class leaders.

 

24
Telelanguage

Bilingual Jobs: Translation, Interpretation

The company offers opportunities for both on-site and telephone interpreters.

 

25
TranslatorsCafe.com

Bilingual Jobs: Translation, Interpretation

Bid site for translation and interpretation services offering thousands of opportunities in a huge variety of languages.

 

26
WordExpress (USA Translations)

Santa Monica, CA-based company hires for freelance translation jobs in more than 100 different languages from anywhere in the world. Other positions include sales managers and reps, interpreters, desktop publishers, and voice talent.

Languages include: English, Thai, Korean, Farsi, Dutch, Japanese, Arabic, and more.

 

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Working Solutions

Bilingual Jobs: Call Center

The company contracts with agents to do call center and data entry jobs for clients. Pay ranges from $7.20 to $30 an hour. Call center projects include order processing, reservations, enrollments, customer service, sales, market research, and technical support. Applicants who successfully complete a two-part online test are placed on a list and notified when a project becomes available. Hires agents bilingual in 32 different languages including Mandarin, Portuguese, Bengali, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Punjabi, Japanese, Hindi, Romanian, Polish, Russian and Arabic. Accepts agents from outside the U.S. for some projects.

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WorldLingo

WorldLingo hires freelance translators, proofreaders, editors, journalists, desktop publishers, interpreters, and voice-over artists. Requirements for generalist translators or proofreader are five years continuous translation experience in a commercial environment, membership in the Professional Translation Association, university degree from a recognized institution, and Trados 5 Freelance.

Languages include: English, Danish, Haitian Creole, German, Korean, Hebrew, Farsi, Laotian, Estonian, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Arabic, German, French, Amharic, Portuguese, and more.