Do you want to increase your client base? Join a local professional organization. Attend the meetings and participate in workshops. Write an article about your experiences for the newsletter. Even run for a board position. Then, host a workshop and network with other professionals. Sooner or later a job offer appears in your Email in-box. How do I know this? It happened just this morning.
Years ago my one of my mentors Rudy Hellar firstname.lastname@example.org mentioned a way to generate business: work local. He served as Administrator of ATA’s Spanish Language Division and encouraged me to join a group and participate http://www.atanet.org/divisions/division_admin.php. Rudy continues to do the same on a national level with the American Translators Association http://www.atanet.org and locally with the New England Translators Association http://www.netaweb.org.
So, I wrote an article for the ATA Chronicle after attending my first ATA conference in Los Angeles. Later I joined NOTA http://www.notatranslators.org and became the Program Chair. Since then I served as secretary and am currently president. Another link occurs.
Back to Mr. Bacon. Last year NOTA hosted a workshop where Mario Chávez of http://www.wordsmeet.com presented. I open today’s mail and lo and behold, Mario referred me to a SP>EN translation job. Nice. In keeping with the Six Degrees of Separation theory, another client joins my list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Degrees_of_Kevin_Bacon. Nifty, eh? Please let me know how you wandered through similar passages to snag an assignment.
Good words to you today.