Looking for a freelance translator job starts with deciding what type of work you want to do. You can look to your CV or resume for your language skills, but your work style is linked to your personality. If you are a night owl who likes to work in solitude, translating literary works or scientific research could be ideal.

Publishing houses and professional organizations are good places to start looking for jobs. You will find many sites that have classified sections or directory listings that you can search for work or post information about your services.

On the other hand, if you thrive on sunlight and business enterprise, translating marketing materials, training manuals and reports that bring you into contact with the company staff could be the perfect choice.

Marketing and advertising publications are good sources of information on companies that are expanding their global reach. If you write to the company with a reference to their plans and how you can help them reach their market in their native language, you could find yourself quite busy.

The rapid growth in popularity of using the Internet as a means of commerce is bringing the reality home for many business operators that the entire world may be their marketplace, but their prospective customers need to understand what they are offering in order to buy. Now many website owners are having their sites translated into the native languages of the countries where they are marketing their goods and services.

Agencies remain a leading resource of employment for freelance translators simply because of the number of projects listed in their database. But don’t underestimate the value of the numerous translator discussion groups. They can be an excellent source for locating direct clients.