5 easy ways to supplement your translation income!

November 5, 2013
5 easy ways to supplement your translation income!

As a freelance translator, there may be occasions when translation work is thin on the ground and you are looking for additional ways to boost your income. Here are five popular side jobs of freelance translators to get you thinking.


From articles to blog posts to eBooks, freelance translators often supplement their income by taking on paid writing positions through sites such as oDesk and eLance – often in more than one language. After all, if you have the vocabulary and a flair for linguistics, writing is a natural extension of what you already do. 

Online marketing

Pay-per-task online marketing work, through sites such as CloudCrowd, is a quick and easy way to earn additional cash without committing to long-term contracts. You can develop product descriptions and marketing text while translation work is slow, then drop it with no guilt whatsoever once the translation side of things picks up. 

Bar/shop work

Part-time bar or shop work is a surprisingly popular source of second income for freelance translators. Although not usually highly paid, the work has a social element to it, which freelancers often miss out on. It’s also a nice way to relax the mind – while still earning a bit of extra money – after the more mentally taxing task of translation. 

Language tuition

You already know two (or more) languages, so why not profit from your hard-earned knowledge by providing private language tuition? From youngsters needing extra help at school, to older adults simply looking to keep their minds active and learn a new skill, the market is thriving. Embrace modern technology and offer online classes over Skype and you have a global audience for tuition at your fingertips.  

Be creative

From making jewellery to busking, developing your creative skills is a popular and enjoyable side job of many freelance translators. You can play to your strengths and make some extra money while allowing those creative juices to flow!

With a little imagination and by making the most of the skills you already have, supplementing your translation income can be quick and easy. Identify your own particular talents and consider how you can put them to good use in order to boost your income streams. 

Are you already doing a side job – either one mentioned above or something else? We would love to hear about it, so please leave a comment in the box. 

By Ofer Tirosh

Ofer Tirosh is the founder and CEO of Tomedes, a language technology and translation company that supports business growth through a range of innovative localization strategies. He has been helping companies reach their global goals since 2007.



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