Translation Toolbox is an easy-to-follow online course. It'll teach you everything you need to know to build and maintain your own successful freelance translation business.
No matter how good you are at what you do, learning to run a business is tough.
When you’re starting out, you've got to be the boss, employee, web designer, content writer, social media expert, accountant, catering department and cleaner all rolled into one.
Build your brand
Find new clients, and
Keep up with admin
It’s not easy to juggle it all, and it can feel overwhelming and isolating.
But you don't have to figure it all out alone.
The Translation Toolbox course takes that stress away and guides you through every aspect of running a successful business.
We’ll cover starting out and niching down, setting your rates, handling your workflow, dodging industry pitfalls, creating a solid marketing strategy and more.
It’ll give you all the tools you need to succeed.
- Just starting, or coming to the end of your Translation Masters.
- Working as an in-house translator but looking to start your own business.
- Or already working as a freelancer, but in need of some business guidance.
My course can help you.
I’m Matthew Spofforth, and I’m here to help you build a business that works for you.
I’ve been exactly where you are right now. Whether that’s studying, working or struggling to build a rock-solid translation business.
Working as a freelance translator since 2016, I grew my business the hard way.
But that doesn’t mean you have to.
I’ve built a consistently profitable business that works for me, and I can’t wait to show you how to emulate my success.
I’m here to save you years of trial and error and put you directly on the fast-track to a flourishing business.
The Translation Toolbox is a comprehensive course with easy-to-follow modules, including:
- Freelancing vs owning a business
- Defining your niche, speciality and ideal client
- Building industry credibility
- Agencies vs direct clients - which is right for you?
- Crafting engaging written content for your website and emails
- Work setup
- Efficiency tools (hardware, portals, CAT tools etc.)
- The mindset of a freelance linguist
- Building your brand
- Marketing strategies
- Managing your workflow
- Writing strategies
- Industry pitfalls and how to avoid them
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - Why it’s important and tools you can use
In a nutshell, absolutely everything I've learnt that's enabled me to grow to a consistent mid-5-figure turnover, year in, year out.
You set the pace
The course is totally flexible and self-paced.
Work through it alongside your Masters or fit it in around your client work.
Invest in yourself
So many new translators waste countless hours trying to nail running their own business.
For the price of just four takeaway coffees a week in the UK, you can save yourself countless time and endless headaches.
Get it right first time with my help, and you’ll have more energy to focus on your paid client work.
A free 30-minute strategy call.
Let's discuss your goals and any queries.
As well as the comprehensive course material and your strategy call, you’ll be able to contact me as often as you need to for advice and encouragement.
Freelancing might seem lonely sometimes, but it’s all about community.
So, I’ll give you access to my network of business mentors, writing coaches, lead generators and copywriters to make sure every aspect of your business runs smoothly.
If helpful, I can even introduce you to some of my clients.
I'm also happy to take a look at your business plan, or help you to build one from scratch.
Whatever you need help with, I’m here.
Sign up for The Translation Toolbox now and get all the guidance and support you need to make your freelance dream a lasting reality.
A one-off payment of £250
18 instalments of £13.90 per month
Whichever you choose, you’ll get instant access to all the course content.
Need specific help with a particular aspect of running a freelance business?
Translation Toolbox is now available as a series of eight eBooks.
Get your hands on individual modules for targeted support, right here:
Matthew is a real expert when it comes to translation, and his course covers everything you need to get started as a successful freelance translator.
Matthew is a real expert when it comes to translation, and his course covers everything you need to get started as a successful freelance translator.Read Less
I have 16 years of experience in the translation industry in which I assumed many roles and progressed through numerous challenges. After going through this ...Read More
I have 16 years of experience in the translation industry in which I assumed many roles and progressed through numerous challenges. After going through this course, I felt I was reading my experience before my eyes. Matthew shares real and factual foundations for the world of translation that a beginner MUST know in order to build an informed decision and an actionable strategy. Also, a veteran would surely benefit from this course to either cement their point of strength or have an Aha! moment by discovering their hidden weak points that previously may have slowed down progress.Read Less
This course is very comprehensive and provides a good understanding of the fundamentals to become a successful freelance translator. You want to be a trans...Read More
This course is very comprehensive and provides a good understanding of the fundamentals to become a successful freelance translator. You want to be a translator, you get your degree… and now what? Every translator - beginner or experienced - has been there. In this course, Matthew covers all aspects you need to consider to set up and run your freelance business, from the tools you need, to specialising or marketing your services. He speaks from experience and provides very useful tips and resources. To put it in a nutshell: this is the perfect guide to take your freelance business to the next level. I would definitely recommend this course to fellow translators.Read Less
This course raises awareness on the different aspects of creating a business. Besides your efficiency as a translator, you need to be aware of how to create ...Read More
This course raises awareness on the different aspects of creating a business. Besides your efficiency as a translator, you need to be aware of how to create and manage a business which this course points out.Read Less
Matthew has created a comprehensive course that covers a broad range of topics. You can find out a lot of information about cultivating a good business minds...Read More
Matthew has created a comprehensive course that covers a broad range of topics. You can find out a lot of information about cultivating a good business mindset, as well as selling and marketing your business. What I found extremely useful were the practical aspects such as what tools to use in a translator’s everyday work, what professional associations and groups on social media are worth joining, etc. Matt is so candid that he even decides to include specific websites and contacts that can help you while starting out or growing your translation business. In addition, the course is interactive and actionable – there are assignments you will have to upload in order to complete some of the lessons. This is a great opportunity to stand back and think more deeply about your own values and the direction you want your freelance business to take. I would recommend Matt’s course to both new and established translators.Read Less