CPD: Succeeding as a freelance translator


Free online events for ITIA members:

During these talks ITIA professional member David Graham will talk about developing a business mindset. These free events are reserved to ITIA members.

Succeeding as a freelance translator – Developing a business mindset (Sat, 27th June 2020, 10-11am)

This talk will look at how the attitude we take as freelancers towards our work can help us to get the most out of our businesses. We will see why this can be challenging for us, look at some practical steps we can take to change our mindset, and explore some of the positive signs of having a healthy, entrepreneurial attitude to our businesses. We will also take a moment to discuss what is important for our customers, before concluding with a short Q & A session.

Succeeding as a freelance translator – Branding & marketing (Sat, 4th July 2020, 10-11am)

This talk will examine what we mean by these terms and why translators need to pay attention to this important area of their business. We will look at all of the different channels through which we communicate our brand and sell our translation services, from our business name and email address to logos and business cards. We will also explore the various types of digital marketing including websites, blogs and social media and see why it is important to curate a strong online brand identity. All of these marketing channels will be examined using real-world examples, and participants will be encouraged to do a practical follow-up exercise in their own time. We will see why branding & marketing is a continuous process that needs regular attention, before concluding with a short Q & A session.


David Graham MA MITIA has been a translator from German to English for over 20 years. He studied Applied Languages with German and French at Dublin City University, where he went on to complete a Master’s Degree by Research in German literary translation. He spent six years as an in-house translator and machine translation post-editor in Germany and Dublin before setting up his own business in 2005. Specialising in financial translation and trading as href=”http://www.grahamlanguage.com”>Graham Language Services, his clients include auditing and accounting firms, management consultancies and German Federal Ministries.

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