I’ve mentioned that I’m a freelancer a couple of times before, but never really went into detail about my freelance work. So, for today’s post, I figured I’d share what my life has looked like since graduating from secondary school, studying English and working as a freelance translator.
In 2012, after graduating from secondary school, I worked and went to school full-time. But I studied from home instead of going to a proper school. And it’s worked out great for me. Not only do I have ZERO student loans, but I also set up my own freelance business during my third year, when I was supposed to do an internship.
This internship was supposed to be at a translation agency. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to find an internship if you’re already working somewhere full-time. And need money. So I found a loophole. I hired a freelance translator to check my work for me and put an ad out on Facebook asking family and friends if they had any translation projects lying around.
I also applied for jobs at a few agencies (as a freelancer), but didn’t hear back from them before my internship assignments were done. This got the ball rolling, though.
In January 2017, I received my first paid translation project. For a ridiculously small amount of money. But I was so excited because it meant the work I’d been doing at school was actually paying off!
Four months later, I quit my job. Not because I was earning that much as a translator, but because I knew I was going to move to England anyway. And I was getting enough work that my day job was getting in the way. Going freelance full-time was strange. The first two weeks mostly consisted of applying for work at different agencies. I sent out over a hundred applications and was eventually hired by two of them. One of those agencies is still one of my best clients.
The fact that I was moving to England and didn’t have any rent or bills to pay made my decision to quit my job a lot easier.
My translation business has steadily been growing over the past 3.5 years but it’s still not at a point where I could live somewhere on my own, working as a translator. There’s still a bit too much uncertainty. Which is why I’m also au pairing.
Do you work as a freelancer? If so, how did you start out?