Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 9 months ago

Is it possible to become an freelance translator without a degree?

I speak English and Spanish fluently, but am unable to go back to school at the moment. So is it possible?

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  • 9 months ago
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    It's certainly possible, but getting that first job - and another half dozen after that so that you can show a 'portfolio' - is easier if you can show proper credentials and qualifications.

    I lucked into a couple of one-off but very well-paid translation jobs just by being in the right place at the right time, and being known to the people already for my other work as a copy-writer. .

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  • 8 months ago

    Advertise on Craigslist. Many uncredentialed individuals ply their services there. I’ve been victimized by one or two. Not implying that you would victimize anybody but it’s a place where you might be able to do something

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  • 8 months ago

    Yes, if you are good at your job and know academic writing specifics

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  • 8 months ago

    Yes, it's possible, you will only need to do a test translation by customers or a translation agency

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Remotely possible. Most translators you will be in competition with will have college degrees and certifications and fluency in both languages. A rookie mistake like "an freelance" will be enough to disqualify you.

  • Ala
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    You can get a certification instead. But Spanish is overcrowded with translators, so you might want to learn Brazilian Portuguese to go along with it.

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  • 9 months ago

    Yes, I don't see why not. Fluency in more than one language is what does the job, so to speak, not a degree from college.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Sure, if you are better and cheaper than the competition.

    As for translating between English and Spanish (professional translators translate TO their native one)... there's A LOT of competition, so without a specialisation (a field you've studied in both languages so you can do work that home-and-garden bilinguals couldn't manage) your chances are extremely slim

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  • MARK
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Unless you have qualifications in the necessary languages and proof of training in translation I doubt people would be prepared to pay you for translating.

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Sure it's possible, but credentials and proven qualifications help in getting paying customers.

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