Pay freelancers in Smartcat

Discover how to manage translation projects and payments on Smartcat, from tracking jobs and calculating costs to adding manual jobs, creating and paying invoices, and understanding the cost structure for an efficient and seamless project workflow.

Smartcat allows you to track translation jobs, pay freelancers involved in your projects, pay vendors (other corporate accounts), automate the corresponding document flow, as well as receive payments from your own clients.

Paying to freelancers

You can pay to linguists working in Smartcat’s CAT environment or any other translation automation tool, as well as project managers, DTP specialists, copywriters, terminologists, and even interpreters. Job costs are calculated automatically after you accept a job.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Assign jobs to freelancers.

  2. Accept the jobs once they are completed.

  3. Create an invoice to pay for the accepted jobs.

  4. Pay the invoice.

  5. The freelancers will receive the payment within three business days.

Also, you can manually add single jobs or several jobs at once for tasks done outside Smartcat or ones that cannot be calculated automatically in the system like interpreting.

How to create and pay an invoice

Choose accepted jobs you want to pay, hit the “Create invoice & pay” button, and pay the invoice by card or wire transfer.

You can also pay jobs using money that clients have paid you via Smartcat, that is, via the Smartcat corporate balance.

How do freelancers receive the money?

Once you have paid the jobs, all freelancers, even those who are not added to your team in Smartcat yet, will be notified of a pending payment. If a freelancer has not signed up at the moment of receiving payment, a Smartcat account for such a freelancer will be automatically created.

Note that any freelancers that you have invited to the platform are not visible to other Smartcat users.

After choosing the preferred payout method and filling out required details, freelancers will be able to receive payouts for their accepted jobs. Payments are processed automatically after choosing a method within 3 business days. Available payout methods in Smartcat depend on the country of residence, which freelancers have specified on the profile page.

How much does it cost?

Smartcat charges from 2 to 8% per transaction depending on the volume of jobs processed, your country of incorporation, and your freelancers’ country of residence.