How to hire translators
In an increasingly globalized society, the ability to translate information from one language to another has never been more valuable. If you want to take advantage of greater access to markets across the globe, a translator can help you expand the reach of your marketing collateral.
So how do you find a translator? What follows are some tips for finding top translators on Upwork.
What exactly does a translator do?
Besides the obvious—translate texts from one language to another—translators can use their knowledge of multiple languages to help with transcription, research, and localization.
Here’s a quick overview of the skills you should look for in translation freelancers:
- Proficiency in the languages you need to translate texts between (e.g. English and Spanish)
- Written and verbal communication
- Attention to detail
- Awareness of cultural differences
Translation consultants help businesses communicate and connect with other cultures.
How to shortlist translation freelancers
As you’re browsing available translation consultants, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the freelancers you may want to interview. You can screen profiles on criteria such as:
- Industry fit. You want a translator who understands your industry, so they can help you figure out how best to reach your target market.
- Communication. You want a translator who can accurately convey your message to your target market.
- Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular translator.
Why do you want to hire translators?
The trick to finding top translators is to identify your needs. Do you need help creating English subtitles for a Japanese film? Or do you also require legal expertise to translate your terms of service agreement for a product or service into French? The cost of your translation project will depend largely on your scope of work, and the specific skills needed to bring your project to life.
How to write an effective translation job post
With a clear picture of your ideal translator in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would with employment, aim to provide enough detail for a freelancer to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
An effective translation job post should include:
- Scope of work: From transcribing audio files to localizing your website, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience working with certain industries, software, or marketing channels, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Ready to use translation to expand your business to new markets and cultures? Log in and post your translation job on Upwork today.