Alright, to get it straight, reasons to be on Smartcat are many. But let’s try to keep it concise and focus on the three main ones.


1. Powerful and simple CAT editor

I know what you think when you hear “CAT editor”: a humongous bloatware that eats your RAM and your brain. Been there, done that. But Smartcat is different. We stripped out all the features you’ll never need, boosted the ones you will, and put them all where you’ll easily find them. Translation memories, glossaries, dictionaries, quality checks, concordance search — all these are just a click away.

Using-the-Editor.gifThe editor, covering 95% of your CAT needs

To create your first project, just use the “Create Project” button in the upper left corner of your workspace — or click here.

2. Marketplace to get you new orders

There are plenty of “job listings” out there, but Smartcat is unique that its marketplace is combined with the CAT tool. And you don’t have to look for jobs and engage in “bid wars” to get an order. Instead, jobs go searching for you. All you have to do is complete your profile, get good reviews from customers, and translate more of your own projects on Smartcat! (And never ignore an invitation — that’s a penalizing factor. If you can’t take it, just decline it.)

Hansi-Rojas-1024x886.pngHere’s a profile well filled and with plenty of compelling arguments to hire Hansi.

To edit your profile, click on your name in the upper right right corner and choose “Profile” — or just click here.

3. Free for both individuals and teams

Many think that Smartcat is free for freelancers but paid for companies. In reality, it is free for all! Unless you need some really special stuff like hosted installation or priority support, using Smartcat costs you nothing, regardless of the number of users, documents, translation memories, etc. This means that you can sign up with a corporate account and use all its amazing features at no cost. For example, you will be able to:

  • Set several project stages, such as translation, editing, and proofreading.
  • Work together with your friends in the same account using the world’s most powerful collaborative translation engine.
  • Hire fellow freelancers from the marketplace and grow into a micro-LSP.
Corporate-Features.gif(A very) quick overview of team features: internal account users — freelancer marketplace — workflow stages

To create a team account, just sign up under a different email and add your personal account as an administrator to it. Alternatively, just ask us at, and we’ll do this in no time.

We could go on for ages describing the reasons to be on Smartcat — but let’s pause here. Get started, and we’ll make sure to provide you with a soft landing and all the help you’ll need! For now, sign up!

About the author

Hi, I’m Vladimir “Vova” Zakharov, the Head of Community at Smartcat.

Translation is my profession and my passion, and I’m excited to be able to share it with the amazing Smartcat community!

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