Practical tips & resources for freelance translators

Proven resources to help freelance translators prosper in business: how-to tips, checklists, templates , infographics and guides.

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The ideal CV (infographic)
Your cover letter (infographic)
Your website (checklist)
Getting work from agencies (summary)
Handling translation feedback
Translation rates calculator

Translation quote templates
Translation quotes (checklist)
Translation invoice templates
Translation invoices (checklist)
Quote follow up (guide)
Client testimonials (guide)

A. Tips on marketing your translator services

Freelance translator cv infographic
How to write the perfect freelance translator CV for targeting agencies: Infographic

The 10 essentials your CV needs to appeal to agencies.
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freelance translator website checklist
Creating an ideal freelance translator website: Checklist

How to build credibility through the right content, design and style.
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Getting translation jobs summary
How to get more freelance translation work from agencies: Summary pdf

13 superb strategies/tips with specific how-to steps.
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Crafting the ideal translator cover letter: Infographic

Keeping it simple - the 5 key things you need to get right.
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What translators have said:
"I picked up loads of really useful hints"
"You manage to pack an incredible amount of useful, pragmatic information into them"
"All points are very useful indeed. Everyone will have something to take away from it"

B. Financial/money tips for translators

Setting your translation rates

A "fair pay" calculator and guide to show you how much you need to charge.
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translation quote template example
Translation quote templates

3 superb translation quote templates, designed by translators, for translators.
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translation quote checklist
Translation quotes: checklist

How to get more of your quotes accepted - the 12 essential elements every quote needs.
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translation invoice template example
Translation invoice templates
3 excellent templates, designed specifically for translators.
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translation invoice checklist
Translation invoices: checklist

The crucial content that will help get your invoice paid on time.
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C. Tips for key business processes

handling translation feedback principles
How to handle negative translation feedback: Summary pdf

7 guiding principles for a professional response that will enhance your reputation.
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Smart and effective quote follow up: Guide

How to be more successful with your quote follow up. With sample e-mail wording.

How to get great client testimonials: Guide

The simple method we use and how to adopt it for yourself.

The blog articles/guides linked to these resources:

How to write the perfect translator CV
Comprehensive 10 point guide, the do's and don'ts, hot tips, other links. Video

How to create the ideal freelance translator website
Guide and checklist, key tips, mistakes to avoid. Video

13 ways to more freelance translation jobs from agencies
Unique, simple and uber-practical strategies you can implement today.

How to write an effective cover letter for your CV
The 5 requisites for a successful e-mail cover letter. Video

The secrets to crafting successful translation quotes
What to include and how to market your expertise. Video

How to create a translation invoice that will get paid on time
The essential content, proven wording, savvy tips born from experience. Video

Negative translation feedback – what an opportunity!
How to not only maintain your reputation, but actually enhance your standing with the agency.

The freelance translator’s Fair Pay rates and income calculator
A simple, flexible tool for setting your rates, forecasting your income, and more.

Simple steps to improving your quote follow up success
The big rewards to be gained from quote follow up, and how to do it successfully.

The super simple way to get great client testimonials
A simple but highly effective method you can easily adopt for your business.

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