how to work as a freelance translator in England
Thread poster: laraf

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English to Italian
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Jan 4, 2003

I recently moved to England from Italy (I am Italian). Can someone give me an advice on how to start out as a freelance translator in England? ie Do I need to register at some \"tax office\"?

many thanks for your help



Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:09
English to German
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Start with a forum search Jan 5, 2003

Welcome to the site, and best of luck in getting your business off the ground.

It\'s a bit difficult to give you concrete pointers since we don\'t know about your background, specialisation, etc. What I can tell you is that there\'s a wealth of information in these forums: just page through the topics in this forum as well as \"Getting established\". Also try the search function: if you start by searching for \"in the UK\", you will find quite a few useful threads to read.

HTH - best regards, Ralf


Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:09
Dutch to English
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Being self-employed in the UK Jan 5, 2003

Hi and welcome.

A useful thread is:

Since in the UK you are usually classed as being self-employed (you register with your local tax office) but I think you require a National Insurance Number and I can\'t remember where you got that. Your local tax office will be able to tell you. A visit may be productive. Only if you plan on earning more than +/- £ 50,000 per year do you have to register for VAT.


Jana Teteris  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:09
Latvian to English
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join a professional association Jan 5, 2003

I would recommend you also consider joining one (or both) of the UK\'s 2 professional associations:

The Institute of Linguists (

The Institute of Translation and Interpreting (


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