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How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
freelance, translator, translation, home business, Business, Economics, Careers, Jobs
Paperback, 141 pages
Published 2006 by Two Rat Press
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Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
This is a great book for beginning translators or just as an overview of the profession. Back when I could remember the languages I actually learned (before losing them due to not using them) I had thought about becoming a translator. This book made me realize I still wasn't ready at that point, but it still remains a great book for those who may be at a sufficient proficiency level for translation/interpretation work.

The beginning of the book has an introduction that explains why one would want
Grazyna Nawrocka
Dec 02, 2015 Grazyna Nawrocka rated it really liked it
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The software changes so rapidly that book from 2007 is already outdated. That's why I couldn't rate it at 5 stars. The information about running the business, dealing with non-paying clients, managing time and resources is priceless. I'm glad I've had an opportunity to read this book. I already know what questions to ask at the beginning of the project, how to assess if I have enough time for translation, how to deal with invoices and payments. There are good tips about taxes and incorporating, ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very readable and informative guide as to what to expect and what needs to be done in order to do what the title describes. A lot of the advice is quite obvious but still, I found it useful to be reminded of it, and there are definitely some aspects I hadn't considered before reading this book as well as a lot of useful links. I found the advice in the following quote quite surprising (and therefore useful!): "If you would like to find four to eight agencies that will become regular clients, p ...more
Lei Gao
Sep 06, 2016 Lei Gao rated it really liked it
Very practical. Some parts are not applicable to English>Chinese translators but definitely worth reading for a novice freelance translator.
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Stephen Bruce
Quite comprehensive, covering everything from setting up a home office to using computer-assisted translation. That means that some of the advice will be obvious and some of it irrelevant, depending on the reader. Some of the material is out of date (does anyone still use rolodexes?). Still, I found it quite useful both as an overview and as a reference.
Teresa Carbajal Ravet
Great resource book to have on your shelf along with your other small business resource texts, reference books, dictionaries, etc. one can and will be referencing this book throughout one's freelance career. Only chapter missing is the one on writing a business plan as step one in launching a small 'freelance' business.
Mar 18, 2009 Ruben rated it liked it
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This book is a good resource for anyone considering translating words in exchange for money. It's hard to gauge the effectiveness of her advice, but she certainly provides plenty of resources and helps the reader to see what's involved in professional translation.
Dec 13, 2013 Sadie rated it it was amazing
Corinne's book is wonderful. I received my copy as part of the Getting Started as a Freelance Translator online course. It is encouraging and informative, and the writing is a pleasure to read. Straight-forward advice served up simply. Must read!
Aug 22, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
Very useful guide on setting up a freelance translation business. I wish it was longer and more detailed, but I guess you can't have everything.
Tony Canas
Very interesting. Answered a lot of my questions about an industry I'm interested in using for a side income.
Maha Albisher
Aug 18, 2011 Maha Albisher rated it it was amazing
An absolutely must read for every freelance translator who aspires to be professional.
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It's good as a reference for translators.
Feb 11, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Great tips and well written but v US centric
Aug 06, 2012 Pascale rated it did not like it
The title of this boring book says it all.
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great reference!
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