How to sell translation services (for translators who hate self-promotion)

How would you like your existing clients and colleagues to do the self-promotion for you and open the doors of their network to you? Imagine having prospects wanting to work with you from day one. But the question remains, how do you get past clients and colleagues to do the selling for you? The answer…

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Here’s What the Six-Figure Translators Are Doing That You’re Not

Several weeks ago, a TA reader asked me if he can go from 35K to 100K in 24 months.” My answer was “Sure.” Because it’s not uncommon for freelance translators to earn anywhere from $50,000-$100,000/year. There’s a myth going around in our industry that it’s impossible to make good money as a translator. And as long as…

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How Rafa Went From Journalism Student to Translating Over 22 Books

In this blog you’ll get a behind the scenes look on how to run a successful translation business. If you’re serious about making a great living as a professional translator, then you need to read this interview with Rafa Lomabardino. Very rarely do highly experienced translators pull the curtain behind their business. But in my…

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How These 7 Myths Having You Leaving Money on the Table

When it comes to freelancing as a translator, everyone has an opinion. There’s a lot of bad advice circulating, some which have become industry practices. The thought process goes something like this: If everyone is doing it, then it must work. That isn’t always the case. Unfortunately, I was fed some of this terrible misinformation in my…

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How to Start Freelancing as a Translator (Even if You Have Zero Freelancing Experience)

So you’re ready to make the leap into freelance translation. As a newbie, you’re hungry for translation projects you’re passionate about that will let you run your mobile business from anywhere in the world. It’s the type of work where you have the flexibility and  time to enjoy what you’re doing. Whether it’s globetrotting and…

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Interview with Tess Whitty of Marketing for Translators: How to quadruple your translation rates

I remember the first time I raised my rates. I contemplated for weeks and agonized over every single dollar I increased my hourly rate by. Absolutely terrified and worried, I remember thinking to myself there is no way anyone would pay me this much when they could get some to do their translation cheaper and faster.  Although…

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The reason 98% of freelance translators struggle

When you decided to start freelancing, what did you want? Did you imagine  traveling the world and being able to work from anywhere? Having extra time to spend with loved ones? Working on your own terms and calling the shots in your freelance translation business? If you’re like most freelance translators, somewhere down the line…

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Why you shouldn’t worry about the competition

Several weeks ago I was catching up with a friend of mine who is a Spanish interpreter and translator. As usual we started talking about our businesses and that’s when she told me she had left freelancing behind and had taken a full-time in-house interpreting job. I was a little shocked, especially since she went…

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“Frustrated Freelance Translator Can’t Find Clients”

Recently I read on a forum for translators how one freelancer is having trouble finding clients. His day goes something like this… Wake up at 8:00 am Make a cup of coffee Start looking for translation jobs All of them require a lot of work experience that I still don’t have I can’t get experience…

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Why you should never call yourself a freelance translator (And what to say instead)

“So do you do this as a hobby?” That’s usually the question I would get asked when I would tell clients that I was a freelance translator. I could see the bewilderment in their faces as they wondered to themselves, “Does she have a real job?” Then I would go on a long winded explanation of my…

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