Why become a freelance translator?A career that is not so easy!
It cannot be said often enough that being bilingual is not enough to make you a translator. If you’d like to find out how you can become a translator, visit this page. If you’d like to learn more about life as a freelance translator, then you’re in the right place!
The translation market
In general terms, today’s translation market mainly comprises translation agencies (or LSPs: Language Service Providers) and freelance translators. At Acolad Community, “freelance translators” means anyone who works as a self-employed translator, no matter the status you hold with your country’s official tax body.
Translation agencies may use teams of professional in-house translators, although this is uncommon and many translation businesses only work with freelance translators. As for how to become a freelance translator for a particular agency, there are no hard and fast rules as each company has its own selection methods.
When you become a freelance translator, you can enjoy some freedom. Indeed, this is what usually drives young translators to go freelance. When you work for yourself, you can
When you’re your own boss, you also have to take on the roles of project manager, accountant
It’s not as easy as it seems! To become a freelance translator, you will need to be flexible and devote time during your working day to tasks other than translation. While you can make your own decisions, you are also solely responsible for developing your own business and it’s helpful to have a resourceful nature or do some relevant training to improve your skills in the different aspects of being a freelance translator.
You will also need to learn to be meticulous when it comes to
In theory, when you become a freelance translator you are choosing a solitary profession. You will need to make a special effort to expand your network and meet peers. However, this is entirely doable and
A freelance translator…and more!
When you become a freelance translator, you have a much wider range of options available to you, as proved by digital nomads. These individuals have decided to become freelance translators without giving up their passion for travel! Hear from Sandra, Magdalena and Eric about their lives as globetrotting freelancers.
Sandra’s life is far from sedentary. Over the past 20 years, she seized every opportunity to discover the world. After graduating from ISIT (Institut Supérieur d’Interprétation et de Traduction) in 1998, Sandra has worked as a freelance...read more
Check out Sandra’s Digital Nomad testimony to know how to work as a freelance translator, travel and also be with your family!read more
Meet Eric and his family who lived in Brazil for a few years while keeping their freelancing activities. Discover a new Digital Nomad lifestyle: sun, work and family!read more