Getting Started

Setting up for business >>

Everything you ever wanted or needed to know about starting a business at home.

Finding jobs, getting hired >>

Getting your foot in the door, finding that first client—learn practical strategies from successful translators and interpreters.

Determining rates >>

When it comes to rates, most translators and interpreters would like to know that they are in the same ballpark as everyone else.

Getting paid >>

Don't wait until the end of the project to think about this. Before you even begin, get a signed contract or services agreement in place.

Learning more >>

Examine getting started strategies in The Savvy Newcomer, an UTCT blog written by working translators and interpreters who have been where you are right now.

Taking Care of Business

Reach out to clients >>

Position yourself as a "go-to" resource for translation buyers and users with UTCT's Client Outreach Kit.

Plan your business >>

Analyze your business operations and make informed management decisions with CalPro.

Apply best practices >>

Vet clients, use model contracts, work client relationships, put project management procedures in place—check out UTCT resources for best practices.

Invest in networking >>

Expand your network by networking. The UTCT Annual Conference is one of your best opportunities to build a strong referral network.

Continue to learn >>

Let your commitment to ongoing education show clients the value you bring to their project.

Tools and Resources

UTCT online directories >>

There is no easier way to get your qualifications and experience online. With an UTCT directory listing, your business is no longer just one of hundreds in a Google search.

UTCT chapters and affiliates >>

Don't ignore local networking. Meeting with colleagues face-to-face at chapter and affiliate events can result in some of your best business relationships

UTCT publications >>

Knowing what you need to know and knowing it well is key to a successful career as a translator or interpreter. UTCT publications support your need to know with practical knowledge, information, and resources.

UTCT certification >>

Earning UTCT certification is a professional milestone for many translators, but it's also an effective means of standing out from the competition.