How To Earn More As A Freelance Translator
Top 3 Tips To Earn More As A Freelance Translator
Do freelancer translators struggle with money? Of course sometimes they do. The main reason is that freelancing is a huge activity that requires you to be your own CEO, your own accountant, your own marketing specialist, your own PR specialist and so on.
So it could take a while to get into the game and make it a sustainable lifestyle.
What if we could find a way to play it a little bit safer and earn more as a freelance translator?
There are three things we can do, and they will increase our success as freelancers (and thus, our income):
1. Get educated.
Try to know a little bit of everything. Take some courses on marketing, web designing, public speaking or advertisement. The more things you know the more you’ll handle all the tasks that come along with freelancing.
2. Learn from others.
Mistakes are important in order to learn, but try to reduce them to the minimum. Study what successful people do and adapt their lessons to your experience. Maybe listen to some of my interviews and get inspired.
3. Get yourself a part-time job.
Translators often think that the only way to use language skills is working as a translator or interpreter. But how many other possible roles exist out there for someone who speaks two, three or four languages?
I spent couple of hours looking up the subject on the Internet, and I found that in the UK, unlike other countries, there are several websites that recruit language experts. And there I found a list of roles that many people never consider during their translator’s career, even when their freelance activity goes through a bad period and they could consider opening themselves up to other possibilities.
A part-time job provides you with a small yet steady income that can be completed by your freelance work. At the beginning it will only be a backup, then if over time you don’t need this small income any more you can leave the job and dedicate yourself completely to your own business.
Another aspect to consider is that a part-time job can provide you with experience of how to run a business.
Because if you work as a freelancer, you own a business.
How does that company find new clients? How do they retain existing clients? How do they run their marketing strategy?
Learn as much as you can, increase your business skills, and then apply your knowledge to your own freelance activity.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.