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Thread poster: Silvia Fernandez Castilla

Silvia Fernandez Castilla  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:20
English to Spanish
Apr 11, 2006

I have had my university degree in Translation & Interpreting for quite a few years now and I think it's about time to set myself up as a freelance translator. Are there any legal procedures I should follow? I have the feeling there are (invoicing, VAT...) but I don't know how to do it or where to start.


Katharina Wawrzon-Stewart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:20
English to German
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Search the forums Apr 11, 2006

Hi Silvia,
I'm also fairly new to the world of translation and being a member of has certainly helped. I suggest you start off by searching the forums (go to Community and then Forum search), where you will find lots of posts on getting established, e.g. regarding rates, VAT, business practices etc. Networking is also a great way to meet other translators - have a look at upcoming Powwows and Conferences under Community.
Best of luck - we're in the same boat, I know how hard it is to get things rolling in the first place...

[Edited at 2006-04-11 18:00]


Amy Williams  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:20
Italian to English
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IR Apr 11, 2006

Hi Silvia,
Taking a look at past forum postings is a great idea. If you're working in the UK you need to tell the Inland Revenue. There is a fine if you don't let them know within 3 months of starting up. I wouldn't worry about VAT yet - you don't need to register until you're earning in the region of GBP 65,000.00 a year. I think you can register as self-employed online now. Give the Inland Revenue a call and they'll tell you what you need to do.
I've also been to a few Business Link seminars and found them helpful: see their guide to setting up and registering as self-employed.
Good luck,

[Edited at 2006-04-11 18:14]


Peter Linton  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:20
Swedish to English
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Register with IR Apr 11, 2006

While talking to the IR, as Amy Williams rightly advises, it may be worth also registering to send your tax returns electronically. There is no charge, but you have to do it well in advance.


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