Which Skills and Personality Traits are Required for Working from Home as a Freelance Translator?

Getting Started as a Freelance Translator

A Brief Guide

Skills and Personality Traits Required for Working from Home as a Freelance Translator

These are some of the skills and personality traits I have found useful in my working life as a freelance translator. The list is by no means exhaustive:

  • Marketing skills
    • How are you going to advertise your services?
  • Management skills
    • Most freelance translators work from home. Can you run an office, keep records, negotiate with customers, handle queries and cope with the tax man?
  • Computer literacy
    • How well do you type?
    • Which software have you worked with?
    • Are you experienced in searching the Internet?
  • Drive
    • How many rejections can you handle? To what lengths will you go to succeed?
  • Self-discipline
    • Are you disciplined enough to make yourself do all that is required to become successful?
  • Self-reliance
    • Do you stand on your own feet or do you need someone to tell you what to do?
  • Independence
    • Do you enjoy working by yourself, for yourself, day after day, month after month, year after year, having very little contact with other people other than through online networking?