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Setting Up as a Freelance Translator


Designed specifically for graduates or new entrants to the profession with little or no business experience, Setting Up as a Freelance Translator offers direct access to eight practising translators who have successfully launched their own freelance careers. Over more than 20 hours of webinars and individual sessions, you will learn how to develop a freelance translation business and gain an understanding of how the translation market operates.

Click here to see the Setting Up as a Freelance Translator YouTube Video. 

Also attached is a recent article from the ITI Bulletin (May-June 2015) titled 'From fledgling to freelance'. 


Each of the eight tutors, all professional practicing translators, will provide valuable advice on how to boost your business from the very beginning. Click on the "Tutors" link or on their names in "Schedule" to discover their individual profiles.


Over a period of eight weeks you will learn how to:

  • Discover your strengths and get useful hints on how and where to find work.
  • Produce a professional quote and invoice for work.
  • Make sure you get paid on time.
  • Explore the benefits of using social media and networking to promote yourself positively.
  • Identify the practicalities of working from home.
  • Evaluate the benefits of developing a specialism.
  • Produce a translator specific CV.
  • Develop a realistic business plan.

Course Structure

Eight live webinars, online discussion, Q&A sessions and practical activities.

With over 20 hours of tutor time and one hour of individual feedback on your CV and business plan, plus additional reading time, you will be able to record over 30 hours of formal and informal CPD.


1. Getting started is easier than you think Friday 9th September 2016 -10am
2. Working from home Thursday 15th September 2016 -10am
3. How do you get over the no-experience barrier?                                                 Tuesday 27th September 2016 – 10am
4. Promoting yourself and engaging with the industry online                                    Tuesday 4th October 2016 – 10am
5. Making your CV stand out Tuesday 11th October 2016 – 10am
6. Specialising and Networking Tuesday 18th October 2016 – 4pm
7. How to value yourself                                                                                  Tuesday 1st  November 2016 – 10am
8. Getting paid on time                                                                                    Tuesday 8th November 2016 – 10am                                 

Discussion Dates / Times

1. Getting started is easier than you think Monday 12th September 2016 – 1-3pm
2. Working from home Tuesday 20th September 2016 – 1-3pm
3. How do you get over the no-experience barrier? Thursday 29th September 2016 – 1-3pm
4. Promoting yourself and engaging with the industry online Thursday 6th October 2016 – 1-3pm
5. Making your CV stand out Thursday 13th October 2016 – 1-3pm
6. Specialising and Networking Friday 21st October 2016 – 4-6pm
7. How to value yourself  Thursday 3rd  November 2016 – 1-3pm
8. Getting paid on time Thursday 10th November 2016 – 1-3pm


Setting Up as a Freelance Translator course costs £349 for ITI Members and £449 for Non Members

If you’re interested please complete the application form and email to Ann Brooks on

Meet the tutors  

Tuesday 11th October 2016 – 10am

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SUFT Autumn 2014 Testimonials

The course helped me put everything into perspective and prioritise what I needed to do to get my business up and running. It can be so daunting launching your self-employed career but the tutors willingly shared their invaluable knowledge and made us realise that it is achievable.   

Eloise Wyke

I would highly recommend the SUFT course to anyone wanting to start out as a freelance translator. It was extremely well organised and the helpful, friendly tutors provided a lot of valuable information and advice on all aspects of setting up your own business and identifying specialisms. I now feel more confident in starting my career as a freelance translator.


As a new freelancer, finding and working with clients is so much easier when you're equipped with the tools and knowledge the SUFT course provides. If you're unsure how to get started as a freelance translator, start with this course! 

  Katie Gibson


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