Setting up a Business
Freelance translating is a business just like any other. You must market yourself, invoice clients promptly, collect debts, pay creditors, do your accounts, take out professional indemnity insurance and insure your equipment. This may seem daunting but there is a wealth of help available - business advice centres, your bank's small business adviser and books on starting your own business. Use the help, which is there!
The minimum acceptable equipment is a PC with a target language word processing package and, because most work is via the Internet, broadband connection is essential - as it will provide a more secure means of sending and receiving large files. Other standard office equipment such as photocopying and answer phone should also be included within your office set up.
IT is an essential component for any language service provider and this will include investment in Translation Memory capabilities, project management software and consideration of making use of Cloud computing capabilities. Leading providers in these vital areas regularly take part in the ATC's annual conferences.