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Is anyone a freelance translator?

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pinkangelita Tue 23-Oct-12 14:03:49

Hi, I have a 2 yo DD and am looking to start up as a freelance translator. I have a degree in French and Spanish (which included modules in translation) and spent time living in both France and Spain.

I have done a couple of translations for the company I used to work for and found it challenging but in an enjoyable way!

I would initially start off by offering translations from Spanish into English and perhaps offer french to English once a little more established.

I guess what I am asking is how you find work, I have seen websites like translatorbase etc... Is there another way of attracting clients or finding projects?

Thank you for any advice in advance.

scootle Tue 23-Oct-12 14:43:38

My friend is a translator, and she works for a few agencies. So you should research these on the net, give them a call, and then send in your cv.

ihatethecold Tue 23-Oct-12 15:27:08

Hi there. I work as a bookings coordinator for an interpreting and translation agency.
Your qualifications sound ideal. Usually translators have a dpsi or degree in a language which has a translation module as you say in your post.

Do you have experience in translating at all?

I'm not trying to recruit you, honest. grin

We don't have a lot of use for police work in the languages you provide but we certainly have more health work like medical reports and private work like marriage certificates.

pinkangelita Tue 23-Oct-12 20:43:03

Thanks for the advice scootle, that does seem like the best route to go down smile
Ihatethecold I will PM you grin

Thanks again

jenduck Sun 20-Jan-13 17:10:16

ihatethecold are you looking for translators at the moment? I have a first degree in French & German and a MA in Technical & Specialised Translation for the same languages.

I have some experience, but would like to build upon it, having taken a career break to have my 2 DSes & would be more than happy to start off with short, general texts & certificates.

Please PM me if you are interested!

I apologise for reviving this slightly older thread!

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