I’m not an entrepreneur! But I certainly think business.

I read plenty of blog and forum posts stating that translators, and freelancers in general, are entrepreneurs. Or need to think like entrepreneurs. Or act like entrepreneurs with their customers and competitors.

The truth is, I really don’t understand why. I guess this is just a more fashionable way to look at it. Maybe someone has embraced this perspective after the tenth time she’s been asked if being a freelancer means to have a real job, and I can understand that.

However, this isn’t true: we are NOT entrepreneurs! Seth Godin has already said it all: Continue reading

A typical day in my translator’s life

Many people wonder what does a freelancer’s day look like.

However, there is no simple or universal answer to this question. It really depends on your job, your lifestyle, your family situation, and even your income goals.

In my case, I don’t have any children yet, but I have a house and a husband to take care of. I have a rather flexible job and my income goal is not as high as it could be, because I prefer working (and therefore earning) a little bit less per day to be able to have a walk every day, cook our food from scratch and so on. As you can imagine from these words, we also live pretty frugally. Continue reading