At MYL, we are always looking for high-quality freelance English editors, copywriters and translators. Our business model attracts large multinational businesses to execute editing, copywriting and translation with MYL.
The high volume and recurring nature of our Clients’ work, coupled with their desire for consistency, means talented linguists can build their own successful business within our business with no marketing costs.
Our “Work From Home Platform” is supported by the latest technologies, enabling our linguists to receive, complete and return work using an intuitive interface, that also allows them to live chat with permanent MYL staff.
Finance and Hospitality are our main sectors. If you have worked five years or more for either of these two sectors with regular Clients and have in-depth knowledge of the industry, we welcome you to submit your application. We may also consider applications in the areas of Technology, Medical and General Marketing.
MYL offers a free testing programme for our Clients, which we have found makes a significant difference in winning new business. Here are our top three tips for winning more tests:
We work with our Clients in a collaborative way so that they have control over the translators that are assigned to their account. This collaboration involves a series of free tests, enabling our Clients to share the tests with their colleagues and gather feedback on the quality and style of each translation.
We know that consistency is essential to our Clients, and the only way to guarantee it is to ensure that the same lead translator is assigned to the account for every piece of work. Being a “preferred translator” on an account means that, over time, a translator can build-up recurring income from the recurring nature of the projects assigned to MYL.
You will be asked to select your primary and secondary sectors in the application process. Once you pass the test in one of our primary sectors (Finance and Hospitality), you will be onboarded as a translator.
After you have completed a few jobs in your primary sector with satisfactory results, we will send you tests for your secondary sectors. If you pass the tests, the secondary sectors will be added to your profile. Your job scope and Client base will also be expanded, providing you with more opportunities to work on new projects and with new Clients.
MYL’s strong emphasis on quality, means that we are now a trusted vendor to hundreds of Clients in a wide range of sectors. To ensure consistent, high-quality work, our QA team selects and reviews the delivered translation files from time-to-time. Analysis and comments are then shared with the translators.
If a translator has maintained good translation quality, the project managers will assign him/her more jobs, allowing translators to build-up a Client base. However, if the performance of a translator is not stable, we will monitor his/her work more closely for improvement. We may consider removing a translator from a project if his/her performance is consistently not up-to-standard, and in extreme cases, he/she might be removed from our freelancer pool.
What you can do to ensure quality in your work
Careful preparation is essential. By undertaking careful preparation and thorough research, as well as studying the reference materials provided by the Client, high-quality outcomes are substantially increased. When translating, translators should always refer to the Client’s preferred terms and style.
It is also important to understand the source’s meaning before translating, to avoid any mistranslation. Before submitting the translated work, translators are advised to do a final proofreading, to make sure that the deliverables are error-free and ready to be published.
How to meet Client expectations
It is always important to know your target readers — including the Client. A good translation should read like an original work. Simply imagine that the readers are not bilingual speakers, nor can they read both languages. A native speaker can easily tell if a work is translated from its syntax and choice of words.
If a Client prefers a creative approach, the translation should be rendered in a more dynamic way that it is idiomatically acceptable to native speakers. Translators are also encouraged to notify our project managers if they have any queries during translation, so that we can check with the Client and ensure the deliverables are up to, or even beyond the Client’s expectations.
The importance of quality
Translators should ensure that they have sufficient time for research, translation and proofreading. Meeting deadlines with lower-quality work may bring short-term accomplishment, but Clients can easily spot rushed work, and will not be shy to raise it with their project managers—which may result in a translator being removed from the account.
If translators feel they are not in the best position to deliver high-quality work by the required deadline, they are advised to bring it to the project manager’s attention, so that they can determine if an extension is possible.
When there is Client feedback, our QA team will review the Client’s finalised files and share their findings with the translators involved. This enables translators to become more accustomed to the Client’s requirements and helps translators to adjust the style/incorporate new terms into their next assignments.
We appreciate it when translators make the effort to improve their performance based on the Client’s feedback; such dedication is what we value, so that long-term relationships can be sustained among all parties. Translators are also welcome to provide comments on the feedback.
Our translators make a consistent effort to refer to the terms provided in our Clients’ glossaries, in order to ensure that they are familiar with their required style, tone and content. They also highlight the importance of checking your translation after completing a job, in case any mistakes may have slipped through the cracks.
Our translators know the importance of googling key words when they’re unsure, by referring to the Client’s online resources (website, etc). By utilising “smart research” actions, translators are able to generate more accurate results when researching. Good research ensures that translators are understanding the context and required style of the Client.
Our translators always take the time to familiarise themselves with a Client’s brief. By summarising and identifying the key elements and words in their references, they are then able to encapsulate the correct terminology and style into their work. They also pay close attention to special requests and comments made by Clients when they submit their jobs and ask for clarifications where necessary.
When it comes to managing incoming jobs effectively, it’s crucial that translators have a targeted plan of action, by mapping out which jobs to prioritise first and by leaving adequate time to complete them. Our translators know that it is important not to accumulate incoming jobs—as jobs can quickly pile up, and then be rushed.
By contacting the MYL project manager when there is a problem on a job, it prevents any further issues or revisions from occurring and ensures that the job requirements are understood. The MYL team is always happy to assist when any job-related issues arise, and appreciate it when it is brought to their attention—the Client will appreciate it too!
Our translators suggest making a weekly plan that clearly maps out how much time you are able to allocate to incoming and recurring jobs. To further prevent delays, it’s also important to keep the project manager informed when your schedule is tight and you may need an extension to complete a job.
By being honest with yourself regarding your capability of what you can feasibly complete within a day, you ensure that you don’t overload yourself with jobs that you may not be able to complete on time. Taking short breaks in-between, is a good way to start each job with a fresh pair of eyes; helping to safeguard the job quality.
Always look for opportunities to improve your personal development as a whole. Our translators recommend participating in a certificate examination as a great way to study, stay informed and be aware of new industry requirements. Also, taking the time to read industry-related articles and following local and international news, can help you stay up-to-date with new industry terminology. It is also useful to research your Client’s industry and their competitors, to gain further insights.
One of our translators recommends The Economist, Reuters and Bloomberg as great online news publications that can help to develop your terminology and understanding of the financial, global and business sectors. Staying informed with the Client’s company websites and articles is also extremely useful.
Another good tip is to read the related articles mentioned in the source content provided by the Client- especially if provided in the target languages. It’s also important to pay attention to the details, do thorough research and raise questions to the MYL project manager if anything is unclear.
Translator’s Name: Rie
Language speciality: English to Japanese
Joined MYL: 2006
Rie is a dedicated and reliable member of the MYL team. She makes a constant effort to ensure that her work is delivered on time and to the specifications of the Client. Hard-working and transparent, Rie is among our most valued English-to-Japanese translators.
Translator’s Name: Alex
Expertise: Finance, Legal and Marketing
Language speciality: English to Chinese
Joined MYL: 2017
Alex always goes the extra mile when researching for Clients, to ensure accuracy in his work. Taking the initiative, he comes to our team with ideas on how to make further improvements on the projects that he is working on. A team player, he is transparent in flagging any issues he encounters, so that we can continue to deliver his best work to our Clients.
Translator’s Name: Sahua
Language speciality: English to Traditional Chinese
Joined MYL: 2009
Sauha is a pleasure to work with – polite and responsive, she continually produces high-quality translation work and always goes the extra mile to ensure accuracy. Sauha has also proven to be well-rounded in other sectors outside of her speciality of finance, adapting well to Client requirements.
Translator’s Name: Rex
Expertise: Finance & Legal
Language speciality: English to Chinese
Joined MYL: 2019
Rex is a responsive and punctual member of MYL’s freelance translation team. With his excellent time management skills, Rex always meets Client deadlines. He is a trusted member of the MYL team who can be relied upon for managing tight turnaround times, whilst consistently providing high-quality work.
Translator’s Name: Jason
Expertise: Finance & Real Estate
Language speciality: English to Traditional Chinese
Joined MYL: 2018
Jason is driven by continually delivering a high standard of work. He shows dedication in going above and beyond to undertake research and is meticulous in following the Client’s translation brief to a “T”.