Investments to start a new career
Thread poster: standog

Italian to English
Mar 10, 2003

Hi All,

Just a few words of presentation:

I am an Italian mothertongue and I worked in software localisation and lived abroad for several years.

My partner is English mothertongue and works as English teacher.

We want to start a new career as translators.

We have done some translation jobs already, in a very small scale, and our customer are quite happy, and we would like to make the big jump now....

We are deciding where to invest money:

1) platinum subscription to

2) a CAT tool (wordfast)

3) some promoting/marketing investment (translatortips ebooks maybe)

Do you have any suggestion/advice?

I apologise for the long post




Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:12
Member (2008)
English to Dutch
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hello new member Mar 10, 2003

Hello New member,

My first (and only) and probably most important advice:

- Keep your dayjob.

Translation is a very though business and comming from localisation/IT (?) you are probably not going to find many clients that are going to pay you huge amounts of money for your translations...




Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:12
Member (2003)
German to Dutch
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Invest almost no money and get your targets straight Mar 10, 2003


Present yourself as an EN-IT translator only. Your partner should do the opposite. Take separate ProZ profiles.

Buy Wordfast (170€), join the Wordfast group at Yahoo and start spunging glossaries wherever you find them. Use the extra glossary fields you have in Wordfast to describe the entries to filter them in future.

Buy an Internet domain, the name should be short, not scary and easy to type and remember: is an option. Don\'t waist time trying to buy and similar. Take care to host your domain with a singular IP adress. Virtual hosting is cheaper but will get you into trouble in the end. Copy the texts of your best ranking IT-EN and EN-IT competitors and make them better. Writing HTML is easy. Learn about optimising HTML for Google. Don\'t use frames. Don\'t use JavaScript. Don\'t use Flash. It makes all the difference if you\'re first, fifth or threehunderdth etc. in a Google search. Create a site with English and Italian pages to cater for all languages. Add your site to

Ignore the existence of agencies as long as you can. Bear in mind that doing small jobs for 0,07 euro can mean survival in your first year and bankruptcy in your third year.

Invest in a cheap Internet connection. Internet search is the best thing that has happened to translators in centuries.

Invest in time, not in money.




Gillian Searl  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:12
Member (2004)
German to English
The key investments ... Mar 11, 2003

for me were:

1) a decent computer with up to date software

2) Some specialist dictionaries

3) Alex Eames translatortips (it worked for me) & tranmail - this helped me get my expectations realistic, set up a price list and write a decent CV

Everything else came later:

CAT tools

premium membership



It takes time and energy but go for it - it\'s worth all the effort!


virginia ferreira
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:12
English to Spanish
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MY WAY OF DOING IT Apr 3, 2003


I\'m relatively new in the translation business as well. I think that it\'s very important to get a good computer and software and access to the internet (definitely!!!) Try to write a good CV, register in websites designed for translators and most important of all, keep on studying and working on your style and areas of specialisation.

I\'m doing all that and now I have my website, it\'s a simple one but easy and practical to the visitors.

visit it if you have the time!!!

i think this is all i can tell you so as to help you. GOOD LUCK!!



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