Nowadays, with the internet being widely accessible, it is easy to earn a living as a freelancer. Particularly as a freelance translator. You don’t just get to work with one company in one place, you can get to work with many companies in many countries around the world. Say for example you can translate Chinese to English. That means you can work for Chinese people in any part of the world, be it in China itself, be it in Hongkong, Singapore, or Taiwan. Actually you can work for anyone in any part of the globe, like a Chinese-American who wants to know about their ancestry, or someone who’d like to read a Chinese comic, as long as they need something in Chinese to be translated into English. The internet makes it all possible. More clients mean more translation jobs. More work means more money.
Does a freelance translator earns more money?
The internet also makes it possible for a freelance translator to work from home. That means no wasted hours, and wasted money on commuting. You can use those hours working and earning money instead. In fact, they don’t have to confine themselves to an 8 hour workday. They can work as many hours as they can in a day. More hours, more work, more money.
A full-time employee would have to spend a lot on office clothes and shoes that can be expensive. A freelance translator can work in their pajamas, or naked if they wanted to.
A full-time employee could spend a lot of money eating lunch at the office canteen or at a restaurant. As a freelance translator you save a lot of money by cooking your own meals. There would be no caving into peer pressure to order unnecessary and overpriced drinks at Starbucks.
A freelance translator doesn’t have a big chunk of their earnings go to withholding tax, social security etc. unless they want to. They can find other ways for their retirement fund and accident and hospitalization insurance, ways that can be less draining on their hard earned pay.
A freelance translator receives more variety in work content than an employee. More variety means more work experience in different fields. Expertise means more work and money.