What does the career path of a freelance translator look like? Reply

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One of the newer articles in the Wiki is titled A career path for translators, and is designed to cover the different components that go into the career path of a translator. What, in your experience, can be added to this article to make it as representative as possible of freelance translator’s possible career path?

  • What goes into a well-informed decision to take up the profession of translation?
  • For those just starting out nowadays, what can be done to get going on the right foot?
  • What are the essential steps, and the possible hurdles, on the road to becoming a successful freelance language professional?
  • How does the career path continue for a professional who has built up experience and a solid clientele?

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