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Thread poster: David M
David M
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:16
English to Polish
Oct 27, 2008

I currently reside in the UK where I’m going to work as a translator. I got a bachelor degree in translation, I did a few translations on the side before I moved here and I’m proficient in CAT tools. To begin with I’d like to translate into my mother tongue. I’d like to know if I have to register my activity here and on what basis I could work with translation agencies or individual clients. I’m looking for the most economical solution.

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Damian Harrison
Germany
Local time: 15:16
German to English
Here or 'here'? Oct 27, 2008

Do you mean here at proz or 'here' in the UK?

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David M
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:16
English to Polish
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in the UK Oct 27, 2008

In the UK. Sorry I wasn't precise enough

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canaria
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:16
French to English
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You don't need to register as a translator Oct 27, 2008

David M wrote:

I currently reside in the UK where I’m going to work as a translator. I got a bachelor degree in translation, I did a few translations on the side before I moved here and I’m proficient in CAT tools. To begin with I’d like to translate into my mother tongue. I’d like to know if I have to register my activity here and on what basis I could work with translation agencies or individual clients. I’m looking for the most economical solution.


However, you do need to register with the tax and social security authorities. And you should really only translate into your mother tongue. You may be able to get advice for starting out from the ITI (www.iti.org.uk).

As for working for agencies, you just need to contact them with your cv and see what happens. Can be a slow process.


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Alexandra Salmon-Lefranc  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:16
English to French
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You need to register with the HMRC as self-employed (if you want to freelance) Oct 27, 2008

Hello David,

I am a French freelance translator based in Manchester (UK), so I hope my answer will be helpful.

If you want to work in the UK as self-employed (that is to say as an individual who operates a business or profession as a sole proprietor, partner in a partnership, independent contractor, or consultant), you need to register as self-employed with the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). You can do your registration:

- On-line at the following address: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/selfemployed/register-selfemp.htm
- By phone: 0845 915 4515
- By post (you need to fill in a form): http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/leaflets/se1.pdf

Once registered, you will have to pay your national insurance contributions and tax.
Also, this means that you will need to complete an annual Self Assessment Return.
More info here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa/self-emp-part.htm

I hope this helps!
Best of luck with your projects!

Alexandra


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Jenni Jelse  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 15:16
Member (2007)
English to Swedish
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It's easy Oct 27, 2008

Just wanted to add that it's really very easy and quick to register, and you only have to pay a couple of pounds per week in national insurance once you've registered. The rest + taxes are paid later as a percentage of your earnings.

Good luck!


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