You're fluent in multiple languages and you like communication. If this sounds like you, consider putting your talents to good use by becoming an Interpreter/Translator VBO. Interpreters and Translators are similar in that they help communication between parties,

but they're different in the way the messages are communicated. Interpreters help to translate oral communications between languages, while translators typically work with written language.


If you’re a true polyglot, you may have a future as an Interpreter/Translator. Interpreters and Translators aid communication between others by converting messages from one language to another. While similar in process, interpreting and translating are two different professions. Interpreters work with spoken communication (or Sign Language) while translators work with written communication. Fluency in at least two languages is a must for this opportunity.

People in linguistic professions must also have an appreciation for and understanding of cultural nuances to facilitate communication. While many interpreters translate in person for their clients, interpreter VBOs can use video-conferencing platforms to provide their services virtually. Thanks to technology, interpreters and translators have access to a global client base.

Here are just a few reasons you should consider becoming an Interpreter/Translator VBO:

  • You are able to help others communicate.
  • It is often a very highly-paid career.
  • You can work with a variety of people in different industries.

Here is an example of a VBO Niche for a Interpreter/Translator
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Primary Niche


SUB Niche

​Translating Health Documents

VBO Niche

Translating Health Documents For Spanish-Speaking Immigrants

We provide some great resources to help you get up and running as a Interpreter/Translator. If you have questions about becoming a Interpreter/Translator, feel free to head over to our Groups and ask there!


  • Convert spoken or written material from one language to another and vice versa.
  • Compile libraries of information, such as technical or medical terminology, for use in translations.
  • Be able to speak, read, and write fluently in at least two languages.
  • Prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines.
  • Interpret meaning, style, and tone of the original language.
  • Be able to listen and translate simultaneously.
  • Provide assistance to clients or associates as needed.


Our research shows the hourly rate charged by VBOs ranges from $20.00 to $80.00. However, the majority seemed to land in the $30.00 to $50.00 per hour range. Factors affecting this variance include geographic location, experience, and level of expertise.


Signing Savvy

Signing Savvy is a digital dictionary containing thousands of high-res ASL signs and fingerspelled words in the North American dialects.

Translation Times

Translation Times discusses the business side of the translation industry, including work, professional development, negotiation tips, and software recommendations. They also keep readers informed on the latest conference updates, book reviews, academics, and job opportunities. An interesting fact about this blog is that the authors are twin sisters who translate and interpret in Spanish, English, German, and French.

Thoughts on Translation

Thoughts on Translation is authored by Corinne McKey, a French-English translator. It is loaded with tips and resources for translators and has won multiple awards.



Udemy is a great site for VBOs to sharpen their skills. Their classes typically range from $10.00 - $200.00. However, they are known to have frequent sales where with virtually all lessons as low as $10.00.


Skillshare is an online learning community with classes in that are often helpful for VBOs focused design, business, tech, and more.







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