As a freelance translator, just like any other profession, you need to always stay on top of your game. That usually means that you need to understand what is new in the industry, not just with translation itself, but with every business aspect that influences your own freelance translation business.
Luckily, it’s easier now than ever to gain the skills necessary to be not only sufficient as a translator, but to also have the knowledge and know-how to excel and surpass your competition.
One of the best ways to do this for freelance translators is through the use of the online educational courses.
There are dozens of websites that offer educational courses. Some are free. Some you have to pay for. Some are good. Some are not so good.
I’ve previously written about some of these courses and how to take advantage of them at my post titled, “How to Use Free Online Educational Courses to Become a Specialized Translator.”
If you’re new to online courses, this is the place to start. Here you’ll find information on a few different online educational platforms and how to sign up, search for classes, and improve your knowledge.
Be sure to read the comments for some extra insight by some TranslationRules readers.
Online Education Through Udemy
While there are a number of educational platforms for translators, one of my favorites is Udemy.
Not only can it be used as a platform for you as a freelance translator to make some extra money, but it can also be used as a great way to continue learning skills and techniques that will help you succeed as a freelance translator running your own freelance translation business.
Benefits of Using Udemy
Before I get into the top five courses for freelance translators, it’s important to understand why Udemy is such a good choice for you as a freelancer.
First of all, if you’re not sure about which course to take, you can always try out the course as you are entitled to a 30-day money-back guarantee.
If you’re not completely satisfied with any course, you can request a refund within 30 days of paying for the course. The reason it’s only 30 days is because payments for the courses are sent to instructors after the 30-day period.
In order to request a refund for any Udemy course you’ve paid for through Udemy.com, you need to start at the course dashboard.
Click on the options dropdown on the right side of the screen and click on the “request a refund” option.
You should shortly thereafter get a refund back on either the credit card you used to pay for the course or through PayPal if you used that to pay for it.
Number of Courses
Udemy offers a huge number of courses on a wide variety of different subjects. Think about this as a freelance translator. When you are a translator running your own business, you are not just a translator.
You are a marketer.
You build and run your own website.
You have to know how to do accounting
You are your own social media manager.
And those are just some of the roles that you fulfill.
What’s great about Udemy is that if you don’t know how to fulfill one or more of those roles, there are classes that teach those skills.
A search for “marketing” comes back with 2,137 results.
A search for “build a website” comes back with 4,407 results.
A search for “accounting” has 437 results.
And a search for “social media” has 944 results.
Needless to say, there are plenty of courses for you to choose from.
Price of Courses
Just like any platform, the courses are priced from cheap to expensive but a lot of the courses are heavily discounted to cost a cool $10. That is super cheap if you think about it.
Even if the course isn’t that great, if you even learn one thing from the course that will save you $10 or help you earn $10, you will be ahead.
Here’s a small sample of just some of the courses available for $10 on the site right now.
And there are 1,000s more that you can find for this same price in all sorts of disciplines and topics.
Because there are so many courses, there are certainly a good number of choices. This is just one that I think would be good for a freelance translator just starting out and looking to be successful running his or her own translation company.
How to be a Successful Freelance Translator
This is a class that is perfect for any freelance translator looking to start out in translation.
You can see that it’s got some great reviews and has already been offered to tons of students. In fact, you can read some of the reviews here below:
Here are some details about the course:
- Number of hours – 5
- Number of lectures – 35
- Language – English
- Full lifetime access
- Certificate of completion
- 15 supplemental resources