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. All the webinars are recorded, so if you can’t make a session you will be emailed a link to the recording, which you can listen to at your convenience.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to download the ITI Bulletin 'From fledging 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 here 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.

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Discussion Dates/Times
Unit Presentation Discussion Session
Getting Started is easier than you think

Tues 26 Feb 2019

10 - 11 am

Thurs 28 Feb 2019

12:30 -2:30pm

Working from home

Tues 5 March 2019

10 - 11 am

Thurs 7 March 2019

12:30 -2:30pm

How do you get over the no-experience barrier?

Tues 12 March 2019

10 - 11 am

Thurs 14 March 2019

12:30 -2:30pm

How to create an effective CV

Tues 19 March 2019

10 - 11 am

Thurs 21 March 2019

12:30 -2:30pm

Promoting yourself and engaging with the industry online

Tues 26 March 2019

10 - 11 am

Thurs 28 March 2019

12:30 -2:30pm

Specialising and Networking

Tues 2 April 2019

3 - 4 pm

Thurs 4 April 2019  

3 -5 pm

How to value yourself

Tues 23 April 2019

10 - 11 am

Thurs 25 April 2019

12:30 -2:30pm

Getting paid on time

Tues 30 April 2019

10 - 11 am

Thurs 2 May 2019

12:30 -2:30pm


The course costs £349 for ITI members and £499 for Non Members

To book please complete the application form and email to Ann Brooks on

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