More than 250,000 linguists fluent in different languages with specializations in different fields are registered in Smartcat. To find the freelancers you need, you can search the Marketplace and explore each freelancer’s profile.
Using search filters
So how to narrow down the search looking for the right candidate on the Smartcat Marketplace?
The first thing to do is to select the source and the target language. If you need an editor, a proofreader, or a post-editor instead of a translator, then change the service type.
If you want to be more specific, you can use any of the following search criteria:
- Native language. Freelancers who translate into their native language usually deliver better quality. However, that does not imply that a native Spanish speaker who is qualified enough cannot deliver high-quality translations into English. Keep in mind, though, that native speakers often charge higher rates.
- Specializations. Specialization matters a lot. It is generally not a good idea to order a legal translation from a medical expert, so it’s best to look for someone with expertise in the areas relevant to your needs to ensure the highest quality.
- Test passed. Translators who have successfully passed one or more tests have confirmed their expertise in relevant fields. Tests are either reviewed by translation agencies or Smartcat’s own quality assurance experts. (See How to Test a Translator).
- Online now. This box will significantly help with the search in cases when you need to start working on a project right now.
- Portfolio. Portfolios usually contain samples of previous work, training certificates, résumés and other evidence of the translator’s experience and qualifications.
- Daytime. If you’re in a hurry, select this option to filter out the translators who are most likely unavailable due to the late hour in their time zones.
- Search by all dialects. Selecting this option allows you to expand your search results to include all translators who translate into the target language you specified regardless of the dialect.
- Rate per word. Specify a minimum and a maximum rate per word to filter the candidates who fit your budget. When estimating the cost, make sure you take discounts for fuzzy matches and repetitions into account.
Sending out invitations
To start working with a freelancer (or multiple freelancers), invite them to your project.
- Press “Assign” on the project page.
- Check the assignment settings, such as the number of documents that need to be translated and their word count.
- Set the deadline.
- Select linguists from your team, invite someone who isn’t signed up in Smartcat yet to your account, or hire freelancers from the Marketplace.
- You can either assign the whole document or only its selected parts. The candidates you selected will receive invitations to your project and will be able to preview the documents you assigned to them. Keep in mind that the assignees may want to check with you regarding the details of the project.
- Confirm assignments for those who accept your invitation.
After that, the assignees will be able to start working on their tasks. You can follow their progress on the project page under the Team tab.
Hint: Invite more than one translator to ensure successful and timely project completion.