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Posted by Oleg Rudavin on May 26, 2009 1254 views
Before starting as a freelance translator


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The video deals with freelancing and, specifically, freelance translation starting from the initial steps (assessing one's suitability for freelancing, taking first steps, etc.) essential for beginners to sophisticated topics like viability of outsourcing or starting a translation agency. The entire program is listed below.

It is intended for those who consider starting their freelance careers. There are both pros and contras to either type of professional activities (inhouse vs. freelance) as well as specific issues to freelancing which we often discover only after we start – and what’s worse, we find that we don’t like them! The result is wasted time and effort.

It will deal with the freelance environment, including general description of the scope of responsibilities (and their comparison vs. inhouse position); the negative aspects of freelancing; psychological implications; consequences for health; and, as opposed, the benefits, such as possibility to manage one’s workload and income, shift one’s working time and adjust schedule, etc. We'll also try to have a look at common perception of (translation) freelancing and see if it's true or wrong.

The ultimate purpose of this video is to provide information to potential freelancers so they could make perfectly informed decisions, whether negative or positive.

Duration: 110 minutes

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Language: English


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