Sid’s Corner – Freelance Translator Advice

Welcome back to another advice corner for the new and things that the old in the industry might have forgotten. Today we will be checking out the top 5 tips of how to be awesome while being brilliant at what you do. So without delay, let’s check out the:

Top 5 tips for freelancers

Go research your client before starting work. This is mainly for your own protection before starting a project as there are people out there that would make you work hours and hours on end and then just disappear without paying you. Best advice on this is working though some freelance bases like eLance and PPH where there is a payment protection plan and support for the lone freelancer.

Go research your client before starting work. This is mainly for your own protection before starting a project as there are people out there that would make you work hours and hours on end and then just disappear without paying you. Best advice on this is working though some freelance bases like eLance and PPH where there is a payment protection plan and support for the lone freelancer.

Tip 1 – Don’t accept a project that you cannot do!

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Trust me, it’s not a bad thing nor is it unprofessional to tell a client “I would love to take on yourproject but I don’t think my skill set is right for it!” Your clients will gain more respect for you if you tell them that you cannot do it at this stage and in so, show where you can grow as well.

Tip 2 – Careful with impossible deadlines

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According to clients, ALL jobs are always urgent but when taking on a freelance project, negotiate the deadline first. You know well enough the time your project will take. So if a client says they want a 14 hour job within 2 hours, explain and educate then WHY this cannot happen and if they don’t accept that, rather ask them to pass the work onto someone else. For a translator, your deadline is the most important thing to meet as other clients will see if you can meet them and valuate your work on that as tight deadlines might cause poor quality or rushed looking work.

Tip 3 – Don’t hesitate to ask questions

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A lot of agencies and companies have a set way of doing their work or a basic template they like to work with developed. Dont be scared to ask for samples or even previous work how others have done it in the past. This will make you and your client have a better work relationship in the end as there is less back and forth products and a once off with slight changes which will save you both time and patience.

Tip 4 – Dont accept a project without seeing the brief first.

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A lot of the time we get contacted with “Can you do this for me?” and we all go “Sure! Itll cost you X amount” but when the actual brief and work come through, its a lot more work than what the client initially meant over the phone or email or a lot of it is things that you either cannot do or just not what you accepted the project on. Ask your client for a full brief before any project.

Tip 5 – Do not accept work without knowing who your client is

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Go research your client before starting work. This is mainly for your own protection before starting a project as there are people out there that would make you work hours and hours on end and then just disappear without paying you. Best advice on this is working though some freelance bases like eLance and PPH where there is a payment protection plan and support for the lone freelancer.

And that’s the first 5 for this week. Join us next week where we will handle 5 more tips on being a freelancer. Hope this helps you guys and chat soon.

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