How to find freelance projects ??
Thread poster: Ksenia17
Could anybody give some useful advise on how to find freelance jobs in UK.
I work as an experienced in-house translator based in London, but would be very interested to undertake freelancing jobs too.
Well, I have contacted some agencies, replied to ads.... registered with some agencies on the internet, but no success so far...
May be I am doing something wrong???
Thank you replies in advance,
| KudoZ & Perception || Oct 18, 2002 |
I am offered more translation jobs than I can handle.
You are not offered enough, perhaps none.
I answer KudoZ questions and have achieved a high ranking.
You do not answer KudoZ questions questions and are not ranked.
I have jazzed up my ProZ page so that visitors remember it (http://www.proz.com/translator/7599).
You have not worked on your ProZ page.
I charge high prices for my services.
You charge average prices for your services.
I do not contact translation agencies, they contact me with job offers.
You push sell your services to translation agencies, and get no job offers.
Decisions (read: The agencies’ decisions) are not based on reality, but on perception of reality.
Who do you think the agencies perceive to be the better translator?
| Register with the relevant institutes || Oct 18, 2002 |
You are saying that you are based in London. As a freelance translator I know that your language is in in demand.
It is good to register with agencies but you should try to register and become a member of IoL (Institute of Linguists).
As a result you won’t need to contact agencies any more, they will be contacting you.
Something else that might be of interest to you is to register with the Home Office interpreters. Russian interpreters are very busy at the Oakington Reception Centre (Cambridge).
I hope this helps.
| | OlafK
Local time: 12:13
English to German
Sven wrote that Ksenia\'s rates were lower than his, in fact they are higher for all I can see in the respective profiles. Actually by UK standards Ksenia\'s rates are pretty high, I was impressed when I saw them because most of the time I see ridiculously low rates on Proz profiles.
But a little bit more information in the profile would help. I hope your CV reveals a bit more about your qualifications and experience. Just keep contacting agencies and be patient.
| | Ksenia17
English to Russian
| Thank you to all for cooperation :) || Oct 25, 2002 |
thank you to everybody. Useful information!
I was thinking about the Institute of Linguists, however I was told that they are not don\'t improve anything.
What do you think?
Could anybody briefly describe how long does it take for the course (IOL) to be completed and would it possibly interfere with my full-time job?
And the question for Ildira:
Thanks for your advise. You mentioned something about Home Office. Do you mean that I should contact them for interpreting or translating jobs??
Thanks in advance for you help
| | xxxMarc P
Local time: 13:13
German to English
You can sit the IoL\'s Dip Trans examination without any training, though some preparation would be advisable. The Dip Trans is well regarded in the industry and useful if you don\'t have a postgrad-level translation qualifcation.
You don\'t need the Dip Trans for membership - a language degree (and possibly some experience, I\'m not sure of the current requirements) are sufficient.
The ITI\'s strength lies in its networks.
Joining either association won\'t of itself bring much in the way of work, though an entry in the ITI\'s directory is likely to bring some offers. I\'m a member of both organizations and can\'t recall being offered work through my IoL directory entry, though it isn\'t always clear where offers come from (e.g. \"I found your details on the Internet\" - very helpful\").
It is not enough to contact some agencies, you have to group mail them. There are usefull freeware programs like "group mail". The email addresses can either be bought, or copied for example from proz, yahoo, etc. I have contacted more than 1000 agencies. Results: 10% "no thanks", 10% "added to database", 80% no reply. But I am satisfied with being in the databases of more than 100 agencies
[Edited at 2003-06-28 13:43]