Spanish Translator

There are more than 550 million Spanish speakers worldwide, and the U.S. is projected to have nearly 140 million Spanish speakers in the country by 2050. In the world today, there are about 20 Spanish-speaking countries, and soon the U.S. will become the largest of them all.

Thanks to the rapid advance of globalization, the demand for Spanish translation is only going to grow in the future, so if you can speak and write Spanish and English fluently, there’s a great VBO career path waiting for you!


Becoming a Spanish Translator VBO is fairly easy as there are few barriers to entry. While it may help to have a Bachelor’s degree or translating certification, neither are necessary. The most important thing is fluency in both English and Spanish. If you grew up in a bilingual household, or actually held on to what you learned during your high school Spanish classes — a feat the vast majority of us can’t claim — there’s a real opportunity here for you to launch a virtual career for yourself. 

Translators can work in a variety of industries. The medical and judicial fields tend to have a great demand for Spanish translators. Businesses that operate in communities with large Spanish-speaking populations — places like Maywood, California; El Paso, Texas; and Haverstraw, New York — are also in need of Spanish translation. It’s important to understand that there is a difference between interpreters and translators. Interpreters generally deal with spoken word, while translators mainly handle written word. To work as a Spanish Translator VBO, you will need document-editing software like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Adobe Acrobat Pro or Adobe InDesign. You will also need to be familiar with computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools and grammar checkers. 

Here are just a few reasons you should consider becoming a Spanish Translator VBO:

  • You don’t need a fancy degree or other credentials. A detailed understanding of English and Spanish is all you really need to get started.
  • As more Spanish-speaking immigrants migrate to the U.S., the demand for Spanish translation will continue to increase.
  • You can increase your earning potential by specializing in a particular field.

Here is an example of a VBO Niche for a Spanish Translator
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Primary Niche

Spanish Translator

SUB Niche

​Spanish Translator for Business

VBO Niche

Multinational Business Website Translator

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


  • Be fluent in written Spanish and English.
  • Recognize various Spanish dialects and vocabularies.
  • Decide on an area of specialization.
  • Understand technical terms used by specialized fields.
  • Be familiar with computer-aided translation (CAT) tools.
  • Be able to work with strict deadlines.
  • Set expectations with clients.


Our research shows the hourly rate charged by Spanish Translator VBOs ranges from $15.00 to $40.00. However, the majority seemed to land in the $25.00 to $35.00 per hour range. Factors affecting this variance include geographic location, experience, and level of expertise.


Trusted Translations

Trusted Translations is the leading Spanish translation blog. Posts are available both in English and Spanish. Whether you’re new to translating or have years of experience, Trusted Translations is committed to providing you with the latest tools and tips of the trade to ensure you deliver a quality service.


Speakt is a premier resource for translators of every variety. Their blog provides valuable information about the business end of translating. They post frequently and they also hire experienced translators to work with them.

Translation Times

Ran by two twin sisters, Translation Times gives great recommendations on how to run your freelance translation business. They provide details about rate negotiation, cancellation policy and other recommendations. It’s definitely a must-read for all translators.



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 with virtually all lessons available for as low as $10.00.


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







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