How to Sell Your Services as a Freelance Translator

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How to Sell Your Services as a Freelance Translator


Class overview

When we decided to pursue a career as translators, perhaps we didn’t anticipate that the majority of translators work as independent contractors —freelancers. We might not have been prepared in school for running our own business; for finding the right clients. By sharing personal experiences and using a little humor, this course will offer translators practical tips and recommendations for selling their services as freelance translators.


  • Lesson 1: Your journey
  • Lesson 2: What types of clients should you go for?
  • Lesson 3: Preparing your online presence 
  • Lesson 4: Your CV and presentation letter 
  • Lesson 5: Associations
  • Lesson 6: Conferences and events
  • Lesson 7: Keeping clients
  • Lesson 8: Setting yourself up for success

By taking this class, you will have an opportunity to

  • Help you identify which clients might be the best fit for you
  • Provide more information about your online presence and drafting your CV and presentation letter
  • Get a clear picture of events and conferences you can attend
  • Learn more about associations and organizations you can get involved with

Who this class is for

This course is intended for anyone who is a translator, is a student of a translation program, or is currently pursuing a career as a freelance translator.

Certificate of Completion

When you complete all the lessons, you will receive a certificate of completion! In order to do so, you will need to get at least 80% of your quiz replies right. Best of luck!


How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator, Corinne McKay

The Prosperous Translator, Chris Durban

The Entrepreneurial Linguist: The Business-School Approach to Freelance Translation, Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner

Marketing Cookbook for Translators, Tess Whitty

Marketing for Solos, Jeanna Pool














Other reference materials:


How to Successfully Tackle Translation Tests


Marina Ilari

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Fields of expertise: Sales Strategy, Marketing, Writing for Translation/Global English/Content Internationalization, Customer Success Management

Marina Ilari, CT is an ATA certified English>Spanish translator with over 16 years of experience in the translation industry. She has worked as a translator, editor, and quality assurance specialist for many companies around the world with a special focus on creative translations and video game localization. She is the chief executive officer of Terra Translations and co-host of the podcast about translation, En Pantuflas. Contact: [email protected].