Indonesia, a country of over 250 million citizens, has quickly grown to be one of most respected ASEAN country in the past few years. Along with the huge population, comes the weight of proper education for all. Surprisingly, though, most Indonesians are bilingual-they speak Bahasa Indonesia, the native tongue, their local dialects, and English most of the time. Some who study abroad may speak fluent German, Japanese, or in most cases, Chinese. However, Indonesian translators are often not highly regarded due to the misconception that since they are not native speakers, they won’t be able to deliver accurate translations.
Freelance Indonesian translator, on the first place, is an uncommon profession. Many Indonesian translators often decided to join a translating firm, or work for established translating teams. Such firms require university degree most of the time, and young students or those who have never been to college, despite having adequate language skills. This creates the endless cycle of unemployment caused by the non-existent working experience, that is caused by the rarity of employment and so forth. To break this cycle, freelance job is a great way to start. You may want to read why you should consider freelance work here.
As a freelance Indonesian translator myself, I have urged many to see a bigger picture; joining freelancing platforms that allow them to build working experience and earn money at the same time. Many Indonesian translators are very fluent in whatever language they’re learning, and many have quite an extensive knowledge in Bahasa Indonesia vocabularies as well. As more foreign companies venture to Indonesia, they need more qualified Indonesian translators, to help them in translating documents, instructions, or more contents. As they receive payments in USD most of the time, you can be sure that the rate they set won’t be too high.
When I came across a freelancing website based in Indonesia, I was stunned by the amount of applicants for a translation project. Indeed, there are many Indonesian translators that offer their service, but you need to be careful when you’re hiring freelance. Apart from their profile, you can also mark their language skill in their cover letter or their proposal. Those who are fluent in a certain language, such as English or Chinese, won’t have any problem writing proposals with impressive choice of words in that language.
If you’re starting a business, or are looking for a translator, you may want to seriously consider hiring Indonesian translators. You can easily find them among over 4.000 Indonesian freelancers who have signed up in Truelancer. From legal translation, medical translation, or even technical translation, eager Indonesian translators are always ready to give you a hand in whatever you need. They are skilled, fluent in many languages, and are ready to offer their service in reasonable rate.
If you are interested in becoming an Indonesian translator, and would like to try your hand in freelance writing work, but don’t know how to start, refer to this post that is specially dedicated for Indonesian readers who are interested in freelancing. One easy way is by signing up at Truelancer and mention specifically which language is your area of expertise. If you have what it takes, you can rest assured clients will hire you in no time!
An Indonesian native, a linguist, and an enthusiastic writer. As a writer, Fawnia has written hundreds of articles that you can read in various websites. A passionate worker that would like to share the beauty of words with readers all over the globe