Being happy and successful is something that many professionals aspire to. There are professional translators who keep asking themselves if they’re truly happy accepting rush projects with short lead times or if they would have been better off doing something else. At Okodia-Grupo traductor, we’re absolutely convinced that this is the best job in the world, which is why we’re giving you some tips on how to be happy and enjoy success day after day. 🙂
Working to be successful
In order to be successful in the translation industry, you have to be good at what you do. Success is not automatic; you need excellent translation skills to go far. Happiness is the next goal for those who have already achieved the basic goal for a successful translator: having a steady stream of work that brings in a reliable flow of income.
Self-respecting translators do not put their clients first to the detriment of their own quality of life. Neither do they charge low rates nor do stand for shady payment practices. Doing any of these things will lead to negative feelings of loss of self-determination and independence: a terrible sacrifice when this is something that all freelance professionals should be free to enjoy.
Having time for family and friends is something everyone wants. But, what else? Do you have a favorite sport or leisure activity that you enjoy? If that’s the case, you should take time off to enjoy some of the best things about being a freelance translator: financial independence and the freedom to take a break when you want to. If you want to learn a new skill—be it a new language, watercolor painting or mountain climbing—, find time for it.
A good way to be happy with what you do is to keep daily frustrations to a minimum. For many translators, this means using tools to help them in their daily work to make life easier.
Lastly, you’ll have to first experience the joy of being a translator yourself and set your own goals. Only then will you be able to determine the right path for you. Consider all of the above as mere suggestions.