ProZ connects clients and freelance translators, but takes no role in the relationship between the two, encouraging them to negotiate directly
Expected pay: You set it
Commissions & fees: $10-$15 per month, paid annually
Requirements: Ability to sign a legal contract
ProZ connects clients and freelance translators, but takes no role in the relationship between the two. That means you negotiate your own rates and collect from your clients. If you have dispute with a client you met on this network, you are on your own.
On the bright side, both clients and freelancers are rated. So you can decline jobs from clients that get poor scores. You also don’t pay commissions to the platform, so your rates are your rates.
That said, while both clients and translators can sign up for free, if you want to get a job or post one, you’ll need to buy a membership. Membership prices are reasonable, though, ranging from $10 to $15 a month.
Buying a membership gives you the ability to post jobs and seek work here. But it does not guarantee that you’ll get the rate of compensation you want. Some freelancers say that clients expect them to bid on projects against other freelancers here. That bidding process often lowers rates. By the same token, there are few complaints about the site and many freelancers said they found it useful to find work.
Consider SmartCat, which has no costs to sign up or seek work and allows you to set your own rates. Rev may also be an option for fast-typists, who can translate and they transcribe.
What their users say (from Glassdoor)
Anyone who can speak two or more languages can join and get an income. But some contractor companies take a long time to pay the compensation.
I’m a translator and I would recommend this company to everyone. They’re professional and responsive.
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