Be patient, I will definitely tell you what is the best paying website for translators, but you may be surprised with the answer to this question.
When I started RTP site in October 2015, my main audience included translators, consequently, the content published on the website was developed for translators only.
Since that time I have prepared a bunch of articles for clients as well, however, translators’ search phrases still generate approximately 70% of website organic search traffic.
There are thousands of searches each month related to the online job for translators. In particular, translators regularly search for the best paying websites to find translation job online.
When I got back to freelancing 3 years ago, I had no experience in approaching direct clients — I worked as a freelancer for local agencies since 2007 and as an in-house translator since 2010.
Having explored the options using Google search, I found several freelancing websites. I created accounts on Proz (and purchased a one-year membership), Translators Café, oDesk, Elance (currently UpWork), and Freelancer websites.
I also registered with similar Russian platforms and started bidding on various projects.
Actually, I got several jobs from Proz within first 6 months of membership and I was really excited — I paid for the membership and it worked. But the jobs were offered at the ridiculous rates of $0.035-$0.04 per word. As you understand, there is nothing to be proud of in winning this kind of “bids”.
I saw that there were many translators who charged significantly higher rates. I tried to set higher rates and bid only for seemingly good projects, but gradually I understood that I’m spending my time in vain with Proz. Nevertheless, I was afraid to lose these cheap work opportunities.
I renewed membership for another year and I did not get a single job from Proz since that time (though I already had a good profile with a dozen of positive testimonials).
Hopefully, I had several contacts from the times when I was an in-house translator and I got some random projects from Russian translation agencies that helped me to survive.
After more than a year of living from one random job to another, I understood that my chaotic search and bidding had no sense and everything I’m doing is completely wrong. Then I decided to find another approach and learn more about online business.
In autumn 2015, I met Dmitry Kornykhov – fellow Russian translator, who was just starting The Open Mic project (free blogging platform for translators).
I read his article about Proz (Is Proz Dead of Alive). After reading this post I decided to quit Proz membership and focused on my personal website development. I do not regret about time spent on my personal website as I already see the astonishing results of my work.
Today, looking back at those convulsive and unstructured activities, hunting for every job opportunity and price dumping, I feel really frustrated that I spent so much time for bidding instead of building a strategy for my freelance business.
The main thing I understood is as follows: it is impossible to build a business on a rented land. All bidding websites without exception are nothing but a rented land.
Today you don’t need to use any bidding platform, pay stupid membership fees for a doubtful opportunity to bid on low-cost projects from people who know nothing about such a complex intellectual activity as language translation.
At the same cost of one-year Proz membership, you can buy a year of hosting, domain name and a premium WordPress theme. If you have additional questions, read my recent post — Everything You Want to Know Before Starting a Personal Website with my interview for Translators On Air (former Blabbing Translators)
You don’t need specific programming skills to start a website. Use this simple guide and start your first WordPress site in 5 minutes. Nowadays everyone can create a personal website and start selling translation services online.
Of course, the website is not a quick solution — you will have to spend time and effort before it brings real income, but in a long run personal website is one of the best solutions for online business of a freelance translator.
Implementing the knowledge and skills learned since 2013 resulted in what you can see now on my personal business website. Over the year more than 30 thousand people visited my website, I managed to triple my rates, I met awesome freelance translators and found new wonderful clients.
I have developed a flexible marketing strategy for my translation business that includes both online and offline promotion methods. In addition to RTP website targeted at the US and EU audience, I have launched a local website and set up AdWords campaign that brings me 2-3 local customers daily.
I also run this site and SFT group on Facebook to help other translators switch from exhausting and humiliating search of work on bidding platforms and start building their own online translation business.
I hope this short story helps you understand that the Best Paying Website to Find Translation Job Online is your own business website built to satisfy the specific needs of your target audience!
A wise content strategy along with continuous marketing efforts will definitely bring you more clients willing to pay your desired rates than random bidding on freelance platforms.
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