If translation professional works as a consultant, do they have to have their own firm?
It depends on what you mean by “their own firm” and how you define it. My understanding is that if you work for yourself, you have your own firm—but I’m not an accountant or a lawyer. I file my taxes as a sole proprietor, which, to my understanding, is a fancy accounting way of saying I have my own firm. But if you mean, do you have to do it full time, as your official business, with an office in an office building, and incorporate yourself, etc.? The answer to that is absolutely not, of course not. As long as you satisfy the zoning and tax reporting requirements of your city, as well as the legal and tax requirements of your state, county, and the federal government, that’s all you have to do, to my best understanding.
-By Adriana Tassini
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