Beyond the Basics of Freelancing


Intended for translators with established freelance businesses and a base of clients, in any language combination. For mid-career freelance translators who want to earn more money, enjoy their work more, and avoid career stagnation. Next session begins February 19, 2018.


Approved by the American Translators Association for five continuing education points.  Next session begins February 19, 2018. $410 ($395 for ATA members).

At the start of this year I decided to invest in myself and take Corinne McKay’s course Beyond the Basics of Freelancing. The course was fantastic, full of lots of interesting materials and useful tips and tricks on how to move forward with our businesses. I was particularly struck with how generous Corinne is with her time and how she makes herself available on conference calls, inviting questions to answer and debating business issues with fellow translators. If you are wondering how to move up a gear in your business and take it to the next level, studying the BBF course is an excellent way to help you do that.- Jason Willis-Lee, MITI

Description:  If you’re a mid-career freelancer wanting to break through this type of plateau, Beyond the Basics of Freelancing will help you get there. You’ll learn how to identify, market to and work successfully with higher-quality agencies and direct clients, how to write an attention-getting resume and/or professional profile, how to set (and reach!) financial goals for your business, and how to identify and pursue marketable specializations. What sets my classes apart? Personal attention: you’ll receive individual feedback on your homework assignments, and we’ll do eight live question and answer sessions during the class (recordings provided if you can’t attend).

Format: completely online, on your own schedule; you do not need to be online at a specific time. The course is suitable for translators anywhere in the world, working in any language combination. Each session is limited in size so that I can give individual attention to everyone in the class.

Registration cost: Early registration $380 ($15 discount for ATA members or for anyone who has taken a previous class with me); regular registration $410 (same discounts apply).

Registration includes:

  • Four sets of weekly slide shows with audio tracks, to view/listen to at your convenience. Week one: assessing the current state of your business and setting goals. Week two: creating a business profile or other marketing document for your business. Week three: direct client marketing methods. Week four: managing the financial aspects of your business.
  • Twenty “tasks of the day,” with five tasks e-mailed to you at the beginning of every week. These might range from profiling your ideal client, to writing an introductory paragraph for your business profile or LinkedIn page, to calculating how much you need to work in order to reach your target income.
  • Eight live question and answer sessions (recording provided if you don’t want to attend live).
  • Access to an online discussion group (through Google Groups) exclusively for students in the course, where you can get individualized feedback on your tasks of the day.



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