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dora M
03-08-2014, 06:06 AM
Hi, I am interested to start a small business using my writing and language skills. I am fluent in three languages. I grew up bilingual and have acquired a third language over the years, so I have plenty of experience. But I don't have any diplomas. But I figure if I provide samples of what I can do, it might be more useful than some certificates. At least I hope so.
I was thinking about offering my services as a review writer and assistant to people who need help translating things on their websites. From what I read, there is a quite a demand for it, and people are willing to pay well for the right kind of help.
So far I have only been selling my artwork through my website. But I don't really consider that as a “business”. It's something I love doing, and it isn't exactly a high earner.
I am keen to utilize the skills I have to get something permanent going. What do you think about this idea? How would I go about it? Where would I start?

coffee
03-10-2014, 04:41 PM
I think it's a good idea. I'd suggest creating a website or a blog with a .com url. Make business cards, go out and network. I've heard that places like Odesk and Freelancer pay good for translations. Check job postings, check out craigslist. There could be a market at your local college.

Lithium
03-11-2014, 07:25 AM
Something that you love doing and something that brings you money are quite opposing notions. If you have a rare hobby, make a blog about it.

owesem75
03-11-2014, 12:44 PM
Apart from doing your own blog as already suggested here, you may also want to consider offering your services as a freelance translator. there are so many website that offers this, you can visit odesk dot com or elance dot com and check out their terms and conditions. Another great way to earn part time income at home. good luck to you!

alec
03-11-2014, 02:36 PM
For online work you should look at some freelace sites. It takes a while to build a reputation but once you do that you're all set since as a writer work flows continuously because everybody needs new content all the time. Offering samples of your work is a very good idea and something I did when learning the ropes on the internet. Just make sure not to do all the work as a sample :) For offline work or business I'd say you need to get some diplomas. The good money comes from translating official documents and that can only be done by specialized people, at least here where I live.

Taru
03-20-2014, 07:17 AM
You can try offering to teach English online for the locals of the country whose language you speak. I know there is a high demand for English teachers everywhere, and I bet there are equally just as many of them looking for it online. I'm fairly sure there are websites that offer to facilitate these types of transactions, so just look for one and join and after a while of building up your reputation on said site, then you should be able to make a lucrative income from it after a while. Good luck!

gadgetised
03-20-2014, 07:47 AM
I like the above idea of offering English online. There is definitely demand for this.

Lithium
03-20-2014, 12:39 PM
If you have a degree in something, you tutor people online for over 20 dollars an hour.

lizzief79
03-20-2014, 04:02 PM
There is always work for writers and translators. If I were you I would start off by thoroughly researching potential work opportunities and find out how much other people with similar skills earn for providing their services. It might also be worth asking around businesses in your local area to see if they may potentially need your services. Even smaller businesses communicate in some with with business abroad, this might be a customer or a supplier, and may benefit from your skills. If you are technologically minded and have the time and skills, then setting up a website is something to consider. Using social media to let people know about what you do could be another way of getting some business, so set up a few social media account. This should include LinkedIn.

SteakTartare
03-20-2014, 04:23 PM
If you are just starting out from scratch and want to turn your language skills into some cash, you could sign up for some of the freelance sites and try there as a first step. By that I mean the general ones (Freelancer, Elance, et al.) or those specific to translation (Acclaro, GlobaLink, et al.). Once you're ready, maybe develop a business plan and create your independent company. Good luck! :)

gadgetised
03-20-2014, 11:59 PM
Tutoring is a great idea. And also a good way to top up your own skills in the process.

mikelouis
03-21-2014, 12:32 AM
I think you can also engage yourself in online tutoring. It is a great way to earn money online and it is legit. In addition, you will be able to set your own rates and schedule. You will interact with many people from different social backgrounds.

CommunityCoin
03-21-2014, 01:05 AM
I would recommend signing up on freelancer sites. Use your skills to acquire a few jobs and make a name for yourself. Once your history is good on a site like oDesk, Freelancer, or eLance, you will have jobs pouring in.

I would also recommend you create your own website representing your services. This shows your employers and potential clients that you mean business.

eppie
03-24-2014, 09:02 AM
Hi, I am interested to start a small business using my writing and language skills. I am fluent in three languages. I grew up bilingual and have acquired a third language over the years, so I have plenty of experience. But I don't have any diplomas. But I figure if I provide samples of what I can do, it might be more useful than some certificates. At least I hope so.
I was thinking about offering my services as a review writer and assistant to people who need help translating things on their websites. From what I read, there is a quite a demand for it, and people are willing to pay well for the right kind of help.
So far I have only been selling my artwork through my website. But I don't really consider that as a “business”. It's something I love doing, and it isn't exactly a high earner.
I am keen to utilize the skills I have to get something permanent going. What do you think about this idea? How would I go about it? Where would I start?

Top jobs for bilinguals or multilinguals >> Language tutors, translators and interpreters.

You're right when you said that you don't need a diploma (especially online). But you still have to build up your reputation that you're an expert in your field and you can only do that by offering your services in freelance job sites for starters. Once you've proven yourself, employers will come to you even if you don't bid for jobs anymore.

If you're starting to receive lots of job offers from regular clients, that's the time to start your outsourcing business. Do some of the jobs yourself and re-assign remaining jobs to others and collect some commissions. Most VA outsourcing businesses started this way, I think some of the translation sites today started this way as well. :)

Lithium
03-24-2014, 12:47 PM
If you have any knowledge in a certain domain (e.g. : Mathematics, Physics, English), you can always try tutoring online!

firelily99
03-28-2014, 02:36 PM
The most important tool that you can have other than being a good writer is to get a website up and running. Its your online resume and it will make a huge difference in getting work.

firelily99
04-02-2014, 05:24 PM
Have a website set up before you do anything else. Make sure that you have a solid business plan in place and go over it with someone who has knowledge of what you are trying to do.

strokeontent
04-04-2014, 02:32 AM
As someone already said, freelancer and odesk are probably the best places to start. Be aware though that you will be underpaid as you will be competing with people from all over the world.

Also, being fluent in languages isn't the same as being native, and many employers ask for native freelancers, so you may find competition a bit hard.

Since you have no diplomas, you would probably need to start as a translator or writing small articles for blogs and eventually as you build up your portfolio you may start charging more, or register with Proz which is a site for freelance translators that has a lot less competition than the other two and is mostly for professional translators. It doesn't really ask for diplomas, so once you have a few examples of your work spread on different websites you should be able to get some work there.

nwitt
04-04-2014, 07:42 AM
Before getting started, make sure to carefully outline your ideas and plans. This will help you really see if something is possible and will help you follow a plan.

Freelance websites are a great idea if you're just getting started. You will also want to create a website right away so that you can begin to market your service and be able to show people more about your skills and your work examples.

Best of luck!!

Anglinia
07-26-2019, 06:01 AM
It is good idea. Just focus on your goal and make more connection which help to grow your business.

SamillaR
09-28-2019, 09:00 AM
I believe that any business should be started by writing a business plan where you should write all your expenses (for example, if you even work from home, you still need to equip your work area, for example, I bought a work desk and a wardrobe for documents here https://www.sohomod.com/office.html ), you also need to make a plan when you start making real money and when you can make a profit. This is very important, because many believe that as soon as they start their business, they will immediately start making money, but this isn't so.

Bika
11-28-2019, 10:00 AM
With the creation of the site and purchase

Lmaomen1
05-21-2021, 09:08 AM
Quite an interesting article, thanks to the author ! I read with interest. A lot of versatile people!
So, I'm in the construction business, I started doing it after reading a few business ideas on https://afreeadvice.com/best-business-ideas-to-make-money/ and I liked it. I've been in this business for a year and a half and I'm already making a good profit from this business.
I think you should start with some small business ( like a small shop or something like that) And then develop in the same direction more. And it is also very important to choose exactly the niche in which you understand and which you like ! Otherwise, you will quickly fail and lose interest in the business.

raviseo121
05-23-2021, 07:15 AM
thanks for sharing with us

nadiasonii
05-29-2021, 02:06 AM
Try online market

nadiasonii
07-07-2021, 01:04 AM
Where do I begin when beginning a business?

Direct statistical surveying. Statistical surveying will advise you if there's a chance to transform your thought into an effective business. ...

Compose your strategy. ...

Asset your business. ...

Pick your business area. ...

Pick a business structure. ...

Pick your business name. ...

Register your business. ...

Get government and state charge IDs.

nadiasonii
07-10-2021, 02:07 AM
Start with a brief presentation slide that reduces your startup and its vision down to a couple of sentences.

Incorporate a demo to draw in with likely financial backers.

Talk about market opportunity. ...

Talk about how your startup does (or will) bring in cash.

master007
07-11-2021, 08:25 AM
I think it's a good idea. I'd suggest creating a website or a blog with a .com url. Make business cards, go out and network. I've heard that places like Odesk and Freelancer pay good for translations. Check job postings, check out craigslist. There could be a market at your local college.