Any top tips for new freelancers in Vancouver?
Thread poster: Jenni Sheppard

Jenni Sheppard  Identity Verified
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Sep 13, 2011

I just arrived in Vancouver and have set up as a home-based business for freelance translation from French, Spanish and Slovene into English, which I have been doing in the UK since 2007, following two years as an in-house translator for the European Union.

I've tried to adjust my Proz.com profile now I'm here, but it's a whole new world out here for me, as I'd never even been to Canada before moving here, so any top tips from experience Canadian translators would be very much welcome!

Many thanks!


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Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
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Welcome! Sep 13, 2011

... I'm sure you'll love it here! I've travelled to and lived in many countries, but Vancouver turned out to be the place where I really feel at home.

The Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC has arranged a little celebration on September 30th. Why don't you drop by - it's a great chance to check out our society and to meet your new colleagues!

https://www.stibc.org/page/events/ezlist_event_769f98cb-49f8-4242-915c-dcfe8335ca94.aspx?_s=https://www.stibc.org/page/events.aspx

Cheers,
johanna


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Jenni Sheppard  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Sep 13, 2011

Thanks Johanna that's a great idea! I'll make sure to get down there. Is it worth getting business cards printed do you think?

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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
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Join BC organization Sep 13, 2011

My advice would be to join the STBIC (Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia - http://www.stibc.org). That way you can meet colleagues, participate in activities, and possibly consider becoming certified. You could also consider joining the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (http://www.bcchamber.org) for more or less the same reasons, including networking etc. Once you are certified, you could also contact immigration organizations, registry offices, etc., to let them know of your services. I hope this is a start for you.

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Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
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Yes! Sep 13, 2011


Is it worth getting business cards printed do you think?

Definitely - either print them yourself or go to one of the small independent print shops downtown; Staples has some good deals as well.
http://www.google.ca/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=vancouver%20print%20shops&btnG=Google%20Search

See you around!

johanna


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