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How To Set Up A Translation Agency: The Complete Guide

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Offer ends 26 June 2021
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Online, self-paced
No formal qualification
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  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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This course includes lifetime access so you can complete it at your own speed.

This course is designed for those interested to learn the basics of how to set up a translation agency, how to find translators, how to find clients, and how to maintain the business running with both.

Benefits of taking this course include:

  • Unlimited and lifetime access to the course
  • Learn the course at your own pace
  • Course can be accessed on any platform
  • 24/7 Customer support

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Who this course is for:

  • This course is meant for people who wish to expand beyond simple translation and actually set up something for themselves

What you'll learn:

  • How to hire the translators
  • How to be in direct contact with end clients
  • How to become familiar with being the go-between, and facilitate workflow both ways
  • How to manage the projects in a professional manner

The world is becoming increasingly global, while jobs are less and less secure, and the Internet is, by now, near universal. Combine all these factors, and you have a perfect storm of opportunity for people who wish to set up their own translation agency. Don't be limited by the number of hours you can work on a translation, or how much you can get paid per hour or per word. Set up a translation agency so you can have other translators work for you.

This course will help you expand from being a translator to running a full agency. Instead of just relying on one language in order to get business and clients, you can make full use of many languages in order to achieve full potential. It is structured to serve as reference material, so you can go through the whole course in around one week, but, as your agency progresses, you will probably want to go back for refreshers, so to see how various steps can apply to your new situation.

By the end of this course, you will be able to use your knowledge to set up and run your own agency. You will understand what exactly you wish to achieve, how to find translators, how to find clients, and how to maintain the business running with both.

How To Set Up A Translation Agency: The Complete Guide will cover the following topics:

Section 1 - Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Is This Course For You?
  • What Can You Expect? What Will Change?
  • Contracts - Downloadable Templates

Section 2 - Pre-Game - What To Set Up Ahead Of Time

  • Your Company Name
  • Website Profiles
  • Your Own Website
  • Legal Entity
  • Bank Account
  • Business Cards
  • In-house Or Freelance?
  • Legalese (More Details)
  • Does This All Sound Like Too Much?

Section 3 - How To Find Translators

  • How To Find Translators?
  • Just In Time? Just In Case?
  • Option 1: Hire For A Specific Job
  • Post Your Job (Walk-through)
  • Responses To Job Post (Walk-through)
  • Option 2: Hire For Your Database
  • Which Do I Recommend?
  • How Can You Tell If The Translator Is Any Good?
  • Still Have Trouble Finding Translators?
  • Step-by-step Guide To Finding Translators
  • Walk Through: Step-by-step Guide To Finding Good Translators
  • Which Should You Find First?

Section 4 - How To Find Clients

  • How To Find Clients
  • Contact Current Clients
  • Don’t Contact Current Clients
  • Personal Contacts
  • Business Contacts
  • Organizations and Events
  • Using The Internet
  • Cold Contacts
  • The Real World
  • The Real World, Part 2
  • Passive Marketing

Section 5 - Fee Structure

  • Fee Structure
  • Fee Structure – Translators
  • Walk Through: Translator Rates
  • How Much To Charge
  • Walk Through: Agency Rates
  • When To Pay Or When To Get Paid

Section 6 - How To Keep Clients

  • How To Keep Clients
  • Most Importantly!
  • Keeping Clients (Part 2)

Section 7 - Once You Start Finding Success

  • Once You Start Finding Success
  • What Does That Mean?
  • Creating A System
  • International Offices

Section 8 - Bonus Section - Tips, Tricks, Hacks

  • Bonus Section
  • Useful Exercise
  • Useful Exercise (Result)
  • Sample Sales Emails
  • Using LinkedIn For Retargeting
  • Become A Sponsor
  • Interested In Delegating
  • Tip – Don’t Mix And Match
  • Pro-tip – Send Email From Other Email Addresses
  • Your Name Again
  • OCR Walkthrough

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those interested to learn the basics of how to set up a translation agency, how to find translators, how to find clients, and how to maintain the business running with both.


No prior knowledge is required to take this course.

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