Launching Your Freelance Translation Business
What you'll learn
- Clearly define your professional goals
- Decide on your rates and services
- Map out a path and essential benchmarks to grow your business
- Establish your translation business and create an online presence
- Craft a pitch and an effective presentation letter
- Begin reaching out to agencies and relevant direct clients
- Participants should already possess the linguistic skills necessary to translate (this course does not teach translation but rather business management for translators)
- Participants may be based anywhere in the world and work with any language combination, but a good level of English is required to follow the course
If you feel you possess the linguistic skills to be a translator, but don't know how to go about finding clients and earning a living through translation, then this course is for you.
In it, we'll talk about setting the right goals for yourself and working towards achieving by planning out a path for your business and successfully managing your time and your tasks. This will include crafting an online presence, preparing great presentation material, leveraging online resources and communities, and marketing your services in a way that makes sense for you.
There is no single way to achieve success as a freelance translator, so this course aims to help you navigate a sea of options to identify the services and specialisations you can focus on, the clients you can target, and the approach you should take to achieve the financial and life goals you set for yourself.
Who this course is for:
- Participants should be aiming to launch a freelance translation business (full-time or part-time)
I'm a full-time French to English freelance translator and coach for aspiring translators. I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Class 1 degree in Modern Languages, and from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris with a Master's in European Affairs. After a number of years working in both the private and public sector, I decided to make a leap into freelancing and set up my own translation business in the space of 6 months. Since then, I've been helping other aspiring translators do the same through webinars, personalised coaching, and The Translator's Aunt website, a platform I set up to provide guidance, advice, and a friendly ear for newbie translators.