Freelance Translator Opportunities

Why work with us?

We want to be the number one language service provider for the freelancer community.

We are collaborative. We build collaborative partnerships between our network of more than 1,000 in-house translators and our external team.

We are reliable. When it comes to payment, we are prompt and reliable, so you don't have to waste valuable time chasing invoices.

We offer variety. SDL supports global household-name clients and domains, giving you a wide variety of translation content.

We give you access. SDL Workzone will be the go-to portal for collaboration between you and the SDL Talent Management team.

We care. Our freelancers are part of our team. We run events and publish regular newsletters so you can get to know us better.

Who are we looking for?

We are especially interested in hearing from qualified and motivated individuals with experience in the following sectors:

  • Life Sciences
  • Hi-Tech
  • Marketing & Creative Services
  • Financial Services
  • Automotive & Manufacturing
  • Retail & Consumer
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Legal & Patents
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What do our freelance partners say about us?

US – Freelancer working with SDL since 2002

To work with SDL is always a pleasure: they are nice people to talk to, their project teams are highly skilled, very professional & cooperative.

JJ – Freelancer working with SDL since 2005

SDL give me feedback on a regular basis, which is surprisingly rare in this business and of course always appreciated.

TN – Freelancer working with SDL since 2008

Even though I work from my home office some 400km from the main office, I feel part of their in-house team.

AB – Freelancer working with SDL since 2010

Working with SDL is smooth, rewarding and stimulating, making them an ideal partner for a freelance translator.

PC – Freelancer working with SDL since 2011

I definitely rank SDL among my favourite clients – because I can concentrate on translation without worrying about technical or administrative issues.

How do I apply?

Applying to SDL is easy and intuitive via our online vendor portal, SDL Workzone. Please complete the short form below to start your application.

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You will be providing your Personal Data to SDL to enable us to consider your application to become a Freelance Translator. We ask for a business email address and any address you provide will be treated as a business email address. If your application is successful your Personal Data will be used by SDL in the administration of your relationship with SDL as fully detailed in an agreement which you will sign. If on your first application to become a SDL Freelance Translator you do not achieve the standards we require your Personal Data will be kept in our records for 2 years in case you should reapply. If you do achieve the necessary standards we will keep your personal data for a maximum of 5 years to enable us to consider you for your first engagement. Once you have received your first engagement your data will be processed in respect of engagements with you and will be kept for up to 6years after your last engagement. For more information please read our Privacy Notice which explains what we do with your Personal Data and that we may transfer your Personal Data outside the European Union. By registering on our site you are agreeing to the terms of our Privacy Notice and the use of your Personal Data as explained in this paragraph. As part of your application process, your Personal Data will also be used to create a profile for you on a forthcoming destination for anyone in the translation community. More details about this website will be shared with you closer to launch planned for later this year.