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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1. Getting Started is easier than you think Tuesday 20 February 2018 10-11am
2. Working from home Tuesday 27 February 2018 10-11am
3. Promoting yourself and engaging with the industry online Tuesday 6 March 2018 10-11am
4. How do you get over the no-experience barrier? Tuesday 13 March 2018 10-11am
5. Making your CV stand out Tuesday 20 March 2018 10-11am
6. Specialising and Networking Tuesday 27 March 2018 3-4pm
7. How to value yourself Tuesday 17 April 2018 10-11am
8. Getting paid on time Thursday 24 April 2018 1-2pm
Discussion Dates/Times

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1. Getting Started is easier than you think Thursday 22 February 2018 12:30-2:30pm
2. Working from home Thursday 1 March 2018 12:30-2:30pm
3. Promoting yourself and engaging with the industry online Thursday 8 March 2018 12:30-2:30pm
4. How do you get over the no-experience barrier? Thursday 15 March 2018 12:30-2:30pm
5. Making your CV stand out Thursday 22 March 2018 12:30-2:30pm
6. Specialising and Networking Thursday 29 March 2018 3-5pm
7. How to value yourself Thursday 19 April 2018 12:30-2:30pm
8. Getting paid on time Thursday 26 April 2018 12:30-2:30pm

The course costs £349 for ITI members and £449 for Non Members

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

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