You need to be fluent in at least two languages. For example, anyone can use Google Translate to translate a paragraph, however the program doesn’t always catch nuances in the language. You need to be able to converse verbally and in written form fluently, like a native speaker, to provide high quality, better-than-Google services.
I’ve never needed to hire a translator, so my knowledge on industry rates is limited. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, translators earn anywhere from $10.69 to $38.78 per hour. I am so bold as to presume that some also charge by the project, or even word, as opposed to by the hour.
These ideas may take more skills than you currently have. For instance, I would love to be a translator, (mostly because it means I would be fluent in more than one language) but the time I would spend learning a second language could be better spent doing something else. As you think about what you want to do while on bed rest, consider the amount of ramp-up time it will take you to get set-up.
There are other opportunities that don’t require special skill sets. Some may require a pleasant phone voice, or polite customer service, but these aren’t skills you’d learn in a class. Here are a few positions that you can start from home and do while on bed rest.