For many new freelancers, the business aspects can be confusing. There are entire lists of documents you'll need to have on hand that can be incredibly foreign if you've never worked in an independent contracting capacity. Luckily, that's why Foundations in Freelance was created. Let's dive in and demystify one of the most common documents … Continue reading What is a W9 and Why Do I Need One?
As interpreters, it's very easy for us to rely on one of two agencies and maintain a reasonable schedule for years at a time. While the stability of it all can be incredibly rewarding, it can also place your future and practice at risk. Without a diverse variety of work in your practice, when things … Continue reading Diversifying Your Practice
As independent contractors, we're in charge of own rates, schedules and billing which can sometimes be a real hassle if you have a client that just won't pay you. Non-payment can happen for a multitude of reasons. Sometimes, you'll send your invoice to an inbox that is no longer monitored because the person in charge … Continue reading Late Payments & Nonpayment.
You might be wondering why a specific payment structure matters. Plenty of interpreters ask this exact same question. In reality, when you get paid might not be a huge issue but if you consider the long game of freelancing... it might be bigger than cashing a single check. While it might also feel better to … Continue reading NET15, NET30 or NETwhenever?
Without fail, every time I ask a new student to send me videos of their work I receive some chaotic, exasperated and unedited version of what they think is their best shot. I don't say this in criticism of them. When I look back at the videos I submitted to my interpreting program, I immediately … Continue reading How to Record Portfolio Videos
Here's a list of 25 places you can source new clients right now. Let me know where else you'd consider this week in the comments! Theatres I know you're picturing stage, have you ever pictured rehearsals or community acting workshops? There are plenty of ways to work in a theatre without having to dress up … Continue reading 25 Places for Sourcing New Clients
https://videopress.com/v/2YLCFQ0q?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true The last database you'll ever need to book your travel is finally available. Often when I teach about how I travel, colleagues feel entirely lost in where to start. I did too so I began making tools that would help me stay organized and make sense of the process. I use a database for … Continue reading The Travel Booking Template
Yes, you can work from here. Of all the fun questions I get asked about this work in my DMs, my favorite is “how do you travel all the time?” Surprisingly easy. I spent the first few years of my career learning what travel conference interpreting required. I quickly realized that the vast majority of … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Traveling & Working as an Interpreter
I get asked how I get to travel as much as I do and still maintain a practice. I'll be honest, I'm very fortunate to have the client pool I do but much of that pool was specifically searched out in an effort to remain on the road. I also found out quite early while … Continue reading AirPods? Check! Passport? Check! VRI Station? No Sweat!
This week I found a fantastic resource very similar to Independent Interpreters in Washington D.C but established in the Bay Area. I am always thrilled to find networks of interpreters working in the freelance arena in a public facing way as it supports our clients right to choose. With so much of the controversy surrounding … Continue reading Highlighting the Bay Area Independent Interpreters network.