How could I start my own business or consulting firm while using my expertise and knowledge in translation?
If that’s what you want to do, how could you not? The obvious way to do this is to start your own freelance translation company—which really is quite easy to do. You already know what languages you speak, right? Have you decided whether you want to interpret or translate? You probably already have an answer to that as well. Now figure out what your strengths are, what your knowledge base is, what you want to focus on, whether you want to translate or interpret, and so forth. Do whatever your local, regional, state, and federal governments require you to do as a small business owner, in terms of licensing, registration, certification, etc. Do some research and thought on business strategies, come up with a plan and a model for your fledgling business, and just get going.
-By Adriana Tassini
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