How to be a Successful Freelance Translator

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By Robert Gebhardt

Translators can now earn a great living in ways that were unimaginable just 10-15 years ago. You can get paid to translate documents for the clients you choose, during the hours you choose, and wearing the clothes that you choose.

Unfortunately, many translators will miss this opportunity because freelance translation means an entire new process that no course or school teaches.

Do you know where to find clients? How do you discern the useful clients from the wastes of time? How can you make sure they pick you as a translator? How will you get paid, and get paid in time? How can you avoid working for a pittance?

You’ve learned your language, and this book concentrates on everything else. It walks you through the process of becoming a successful freelance translator, from preparation, to being chosen, to the translation process, to getting paid, and even to expansion – if you want to see how far you can take your translation business.

Also, don’t worry. If you buy a copy of this book, we will send you all future editions for free! The online translation world can change quickly, or maybe we forgot to mention something. Regardless, there is no reason to wait for the “perfect time” to buy this. Buy this once, and you will constantly be up to date (we’re still figuring out which format to use for this!).


“Really great information in this book. Especially since most of it can be applied to other freelance categories such as proofreading.”
– Marley Gibson -Bestselling Author and Freelance Editor

“This book is an absolute must for every new freelancer. Wish I had had it when I started!”
– Beatrix Osterkamp – English-German Translator and Transcriptionist, Owner of Osterkamp Sprach & büroservice



Robert Gebhardt has been translating ever since high school, although he started making a job out of it in 2007. Since then he has lived in the US (Atlanta and Portland), Switzerland, Italy and is currently in Taiwan.


• “Six Flags and Nukes: A look into the six party talks”, The Current, Spring 2006
• U.C. Davis International Affairs Journal – Regular columnist, Spring 2006
• Books: “Bringing Sexy Back to Economics” and “Bringing Happy Back to Economics” (published as Ocean Gebhardt)

Robert Gebhardt specializes in Italian-English and English-Italian translations.

He is available for:

Business and Commercial documents
Marketing material
Technical documents
Legal documents

While by no means the foremost expert on freelance translation, he has made translations work for him.

You can purchase the book online from Amazon or Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at

eBook formatting by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.
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