Freelance translators make money obviously by selling their translation services for payment. However, one of the problems translators often face is how to continually find clients for their services.
Well, believe it or not, one of the ways you can increase your business as a freelance Spanish translator is to provide free Spanish translation online.
“What!”, you say. “If I offer free Spanish translation online, I won’t get paid and I won’t eat! How will that increase my business?” Well, at first, this seems counterintuitive. Providing free services costs you money as well as time that can be spent doing work that will bring in money for your wallet.
Well, let me take some time here to explain how taking some time out of your schedule doing paid translation work to provide free Spanish translation online can not only increase your business, but help you feel like your giving something back to the community.
First of all, freelance translators usually go through periods of “feast or famine” meaning that they don’t always have work. They might get a few jobs or a big job, finish it, and then have to wait a few days or weeks before another job comes in. Well, during this time, one of the things you can do as a translator is provide free Spanish translations online. By this I mean that there are a lot of organizations that do really great work and are often in need of translators to help them get their messages out to those who don’t speak English. These non-profit organizations, however, don’t often have the budget for this, so by providing your time and talents to help them out, you will be doing a great service.
So how can this help you increase business? Well, one of the best ways to get more business is word-of-mouth. By providing quality free Spanish translations to well-deserving organizations during your down time, you will advertise your business. While the person you translate for might not be a paying customer this time, if they are impressed with your work and your willingness to help them out, they will most likely tell others and pass your name around, which could very well lead to more paying work for you.
Another way you can help your business by providing free Spanish translation online is to ask for something such as a reciprocal link to your website from the non-profit organization’s website.
Giving back will not only help you feel good, but can also improve your business.
Clint Tustison is a Spanish <--> English translator interested in helping businesses and translators better understand the translation industry. If you’re interested in how to improve your translation business or your relationship with translation companies, check out his website at http://www.spanish-translation-help.com
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