The work: In 2006, the global market for outsourced language services was almost $9 billion. If you speak a second language well enough to translate documents from one language to another, there’s money to be made.
What you bring to the table: The ability to read, write and fluently speak more than one language. You can find plenty of work in Spanish, French and Chinese, but the more obscure the language, the higher the demand.
Expect to earn: $10 to $50 per hour
Sign on: Visit translatorsbase.com for a wide offering of gigs and an idea of what each job entails. Translatorscafe.com contains a free online directory of translators and translation jobs. Just upload your resumé and list your rates and services. Jobs, which are posted daily, might include translating a tourism brochure or subtitling a movie. You apply directly to the hiring company. Or enlist an online agency such as the ones at gengo.com and verbalizeit.com. You select projects that fit your calendar and abilities.