Freelancing while employed as a project manager - a conflict of interest?
Thread poster: Jeff Gant

Jeff Gant
Local time: 12:24
French to English
Jan 24, 2007

Hello all!

I am a freelance translator (FRE>ENG) who is relatively new to the industry. Recently, I have been considering positions with translation companies, and I am wondering if it would strike anyone as a conflict of interest to continue freelance work (with different companies) while being employed as a Project Manager.

Any thoughts?


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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:24
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English to Italian
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Definitely a conflict of interest Jan 24, 2007

Doing freelance work for other customers while working in any capacity in a translation company would definitely be a major conflict of interest.

You could easily end up submitting a bid as PM but end up translating the project for a competitor, or a number of other equally unpleasant scenarios.

Unless you end up working for a translation company that specifically gives you a written permit to do freelance work on the side, don't even consider it (not that any TC would ever permit you to: they would think that if you have the spare time to do freelancing on the side, you could spend it putting longer hours in the office).

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Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:24
Of course it is Jan 25, 2007

On another note, would you even want to face even more work when you come home from the office? Something has to give.

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Erika Pavelka  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:24
French to English
I did Jan 25, 2007

I did this when I first started out, but my clients never approached the agency where I worked for its translation services because of location. I never really saw this as a conflict of interest.

But as Orla said, the last thing I wanted to do when I got home from a day at the office was work.

It's up to you do decide whether you want to freelance after working a full day. Maybe you could find a full-time translator position to gain experience.

Good luck,


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