From studying to freelancing: becoming a translator

Formats: Videos
Topics: Business of Translation and Interpreting
Marketing for translators
Grow your translation business
Marketing tools for translators

Course summary
Availability:This training is available on-demand

Duration: 80 minutes

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Summary:Simple steps to understand how to set up your small translation business without losing track of what is your final goal and enjoy the hard work (because let's face it: freelancing is great, but it takes a lot of energy to get there!). Learn how to brainstorm, ask yourself the right questions, how to make the most of your background and skills, promote your services, find and maintain clients and learn to grow your business.
In one hour, learn how to set your small translation business from scratch and get an easy and actionable to-do list with all the steps a freelancer must take to get into the translation industry and create a business they love.
Target audience
• Freelancers starting in the translation industry
• Postgrad students thinking about setting up their own translation business
• Young freelancers
Learning objectives
In this 1 hour training we will learn:
• what are the things to ask yourself before starting out
• what are the tools you have to put first in your translator's box and how to create them
• how to choose your services and specialisation
• how and where to find clients
• how to introduce yourself and get the first projects
But also:
• how is the life of the translator? Examples from a 'typical day'
• common mistakes freelancers make and how to avoid them
• how social media and online promotion can help you
At the end of the course students will receive the material of the training session plus an actionable plan they can use to build a personal business plan.
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The course will analyse:
• How to put your business ideas into practice:
- brainstorming the right way
- choosing a business that works for you
• How to create a business plan and set goals:
- essential business planning tools
• Market research for translators
- how to define your market
- where to find your market
- track it and reach it
• Choosing your services:
- how many services can you offer?
- how to choose the right service
• Setting rates
• Finding (the right) clients: where and how.
• Promoting yourself: online and offline
• Brainstorming ideas
• Setting measurable goals and learn how to grow in a constant way
• promoting your business
• Small organisation tips and tools to boost your productivity
• Marketing and promotion: why you need them

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Price: 20.00 USD

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Created by
Sara Colombo    View feedback | View all courses
Bio: Sara is a qualified En-Fr-Sp>Italian translator with 6 years of experience within the marketing, business and CE/medical devices fields backed by relevant working experience in the marketing industry.

She is also the author of the book ‘Balance Your Words. Stepping in the translation Industry’ and a blogger at
A marketer by heart, Sara loves to use social media to connect with peers but also to find new markets and niches. To get in touch with her connect through Twitter (@sc_translations), LinkedIn (Sara Colombo), Facebook (Sara Colombo Translations) or visit her blog!
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