How to Become a Freelance Translator

ABOUT TESS WHITTY


Every freelancer has the potential to exceed their own expectations and create successful careers.

Whatever your own personal measure of success looks like, there’s a marketing approach to suit it and I can help you find it.

That’s because I’ve been in your shoes. I understand the difficulties establishing and growing a freelance business.

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I have worked as a freelance English-Swedish translator since 2003. After moving from Sweden to the US in 2001 I started looking into a freelance career so I could stay home with our two young children. I started from scratch to establish myself as a successful freelance translator, worked my way up to more clients, better pay, job satisfaction and success. I’ve had the opportunity to help the world’s largest software companies and online streaming sites reach their Swedish customers. With an education in international marketing, and experience as a marketing manager, I’ve been able to use my marketing skills to grow my business to six figures, finding clients and projects I love, and not working weekends and late nights.

This website is a way for me to share my expertise in the hope that you’ll find your own path to a successful freelance business.

I love getting to know my readers and listeners, so please do get in touch if you have any questions on marketing for translators, a suggestion for a podcast topic, or if you have any marketing tips of your own to share. Make sure you also join my Facebook group and like the Facebook page so we can create a community of enthusiastic freelance translation marketers.

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Tess behind the scenes



What you see is what you get with me. I am as enthusiastic, helpful and energetic in person as I am on my podcast or at the many training sessions and presentations I give.

Because I genuinely love to help.

I’ve been honoured to have won multiple Proz Community Choice Awards over the past 5 years, for my work as a trainer, a speaker and a podcasting pro. These awards have been wonderful, but it’s the emails, messages and warm hugs I get from fellow translators who tell me about their successes which give me the warm and fuzzies and the desire to keep on keeping on.

How the website works

The focus of this website is to share my marketing and business tips with you, from my own experience, from other experts and from research. One way I do this is through the podcast. Each episode have show notes, giving a summary of the podcast, as well as important links for quick and easy access to the resources mentioned.

The blog supplements the podcast with even more in-depth marketing advice and step-by-step instructions and tools.

I love getting to know my readers and listeners, so please do get in touch if you have any questions on marketing for translators, a suggestion for a podcast topic, or if you have any marketing tips of your own to share.

Another good tip is to subscribe to my newsletter and blog so you don’t miss anything.

You won’t be bombarded with emails, the subscription is simply a way to share my top tips and tools, and create a community of freelance translators who value marketing as one of their favourite magic tricks.


I’ve studied six languages

Hiking, skiing, biking and doing yoga in a hot room are my favourite ways to burn off excess energy (I have a lot, so I usually need to do this daily!)

I’m a Mom to 2 teenagers, 1 dog and 1 cat

After 25 years I am still very much in love with my husband, Kevin, he’s my best friend, and my rock.

Proz Community Choice Award: Website: Best overall professional translator's website. 2017

Proz Community Choice Award: Trainer: Active trainer in in-person or online training. 2017 to 2018

Proz Community Choice Award: Conference speaker: Based on lectures/sessions given at events from January 2016 to date.

Proz Community Choice Award: Podcast: Best podcast (series or single podcast) from January 2014-2018

Master’s degree in International Marketing

MA in Business Communication and PR

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