Freelancer websites: yay or nay?

First of all, I do not want to imply that it is impossible to get a good translation on a freelancer website, or that any job that a translator gets there will end in a disaster. However, the convenience of job portals and the ease of reaching potential clients there come with a price (pressure on rates and repeated pitching, for example), and it's up to you to decide if it's worth it.

Freedom and glamorous lifestyle on your own terms? As long as it's based on not-so-glamorous number crunching and research. Image by Roman Mager via Unsplash.

Freedom and glamorous lifestyle on your own terms? As long as it's based on not-so-glamorous number crunching and research. Image by Roman Mager via Unsplash.

Some links that might help:

How about you, fellow translators and translation buyers? Have you been using freelancer websites? What have been your experiences?


Ekaterina Howard, Pinwheel Translations, English to Russian and German to Russian translations for business, marketing and real estate

Ekaterina Howard, Pinwheel Translations

English to Russian and German to Russian translator working with business, marketing and real estate materials. ATA and CATI member. Shocked to see that her own Economics 101 classes turned out to be useful.