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Starting out as a translator

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jenduck Tue 04-Jun-13 13:46:48

So, I want to do some freelance work as a translator (French/German into English) but I don't really know how to go about it. Does anybody have any ideas?

I got an MA in Translation in 2004 in these languages. I have looked into joining ITI but I'm not sure I could do this because I graduated such a long time ago, and since then I have only worked for my father's firm (of Solicitors), then had my 2 DC, plus have done the odd translation here & there, but not enough to get the required references.

Thoughts I had were: to look on Translators Cafe & apply for jobs on there. To contact translation agencies in my local area.

Thanks in advance for any ideas smile

Fraxinus Tue 11-Jun-13 21:23:58

Do you want to do interpreting as well?

I don't know much about translation other than I find it more time consuming than it works out economically for me.

Interpreting is better because you get paid for your time.

Good luck.

BlueEyeshadow Wed 12-Jun-13 13:30:44

ITI has new membership categories now, don't know if that would help though. There are loads of blogs giving advice on translation - have a look at Business School for Translators, The Translator's Teacup and Thoughts on Translation for a start.

It's like starting any new business. You have to be absolutely sure you want to do it, and keep plugging away at it till you get a breakthrough. Be careful on Translators Cafe as there can be some very low payers on sites like that, same with ProZ. Maybe more use as a place to find reputable agencies as is the list of ITI's corporate members.

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