In the last few years, the number of freelancers seeking to work for their own direct clients has increased substantially.
A few years back, I organised a mentoring course for young translators interested in getting more clients. The energy and the enthusiasm arising out of the mentoring courses led to the organisation of two conferences in Madrid and Barcelona (Traduemprende). The topics surrounded getting clients, setting reasonable rates and marketing, and generally helping freelancers to become more business-savvy.
This is just one example of how translators are getting together to offer their services to end clients.