Do freelance translators and interpreters have a career ladder? Once you are past the start-up phase, have a steady flow of clients and are firmly established in your field, how do you know that you are still progressing?
One way to make progress as a mid- to late-career freelancer is to focus on working smarter instead of harder. From the outside, it may look as if you are maintaining a steady level of income and/or prestige. But what you are really doing is creating efficiencies, seeing how much you can cut back without falling behind. This takes a lot of practice but it forces you to refine the way in which you work, so you can consistently produce your best work in the most streamlined manner.
Penelope Trunk, serial entrepreneur, author and blogger, calls this method “one of the most common but least-talked about career moves” and thinks we should start experimenting with it early so we have it down to a fine art when we really need it later in our career.
What do you think?