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?
- bluebellbkkLv 79 months agoFavorite Answer
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. .
- atomic fireballLv 68 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
- 8 months ago
Yes, if you are good at your job and know academic writing specifics
- 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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- Anonymous9 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.
- AlaLv 59 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.
- hillbillyLv 79 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.
- ZirpLv 79 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
- MARKLv 79 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.
- A.J.Lv 79 months ago
Sure it's possible, but credentials and proven qualifications help in getting paying customers.