In 2012, Lionbridge acquired Virtual Solutions, owner of crowdsourcing data entry site VirtualBee (formerly KeyforCash). For more about applying to its home-based positions, see this profile of VirtualBee.
The company provides translation and localization to business clients (see client list below). This includes developing products such as software, websites, marketing materials, documentation, multimedia and e-learning products and training. Additionally Lionbridge provides "global crowdsourcing solutions for clients with international search engines and online marketing initiatives." Its Internet assessor jobs (similar to Google's ads quality rater) are in this division.
Types of Work-at-Home Opportunities at Lionbridge:
The crowdsourcing division (Lionbridge Enterprise Crowdsourcing) and the translation and interpretation divisions (LionBridge Service Partner Portal) and InterpBridge) offer work-at-home for independent contractors. Applicants are usually recruited from specific countries.
In crowdsourcing, the positions include Internet assessors (evaluating results of a web search), social media search consultant (expressing opinions on the quality and content available on Internet), Internet judge (similar to Internet assessor but hired worldwide), in-country financial consultant (monitoring and documenting changes in regulatory requirements and national standards in a given country/market) and online maps specialist (evaluating and improving online mapping software). These are all home-based freelance jobs.
In translation, Lionbridge calls its independent contractors “service partners.” These include providers of translation, desktop publishing, audio, multimedia, technical writing, testing, software development and internationalization services. These are also home-based too, but interpretation jobs may be on-site.
Because Lionbridge is a global localization company, most of its opportunities are for bilingual jobs (though there are some English-only jobs in crowdsourcing). The languages needed range from commonly spoken to niche. Usually a specific type of the general language is required, e.g., Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French.
The languages include (but are not limited to): English, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Faroese, French, German, Icelandic, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kurdish, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Spanish, Mongolian, Quechan, Portuguese, Russian, Tatar, Zulu, Basque, Catalan, Galician, Swiss German, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Dutch, Danish, Polish and Welsh.
In addition to its home-based independent contractors, Lionbridge allows telecommuting for some of its employment positions. Use work at home to search its jobs database.
Applying to Lionbridge:
The application process varies depending on what type of work you want to perform for Lionbridge.
For crowdsourcing opportunities (Internet assessor, etc.), go to the Lionbridge Crowdsourcing Enterprise page.
For the service partner jobs (often translation jobs), register as an expert. Application begins by collecting basic information, work experience and education. Next you check your areas of expertise (choice range from automotive and business retail to esoteric practices and law). It then asks what software and equipment you have access to (translation packages, operating systems, graphics, hardware, personal productivity packages, communications equipment, utilities, etc.) and your skill level with them.
For interpretation jobs, which are not necessarily work-at-home jobs, go to the InterpBridge sign-up page, and submit a general interpretation application for freelance jobs or click on the title of a job, such as linguist, to submit an application.
While most of Lionbridge's work-at-home opportunities are for independent contractors, it allows some of its employment positions to be telecommuted. Search the company's jobs database. Use "home" as a keyword in its jobs database.
Additional Information About Lionbridge:
Countries Lionbridge operates in Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden,Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.
Corporate clients of Lionbridge include Adobe, Canon, Caterpillar, Cisco, Dell, eBay, EMC, Expedia, Forrester Research, Inc., Golden Living, Google, Honeywell, HP, Johnson & Johnson Merck, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Pearson, Philips, Porsche, PTC, Rolls-Royce, Samsung, Siemens, SkillSoft, Sony, The Court Services, U.S. Department of Justice, Verizon and Volvo.