Updated: Nov 9
I’ve now been running my business, working as a full-time freelancer for over a year. Since the end of July 2019 to be exact.
And it’s been a funny old year. Challenging, in more ways than one, but also hugely rewarding. I thought I’d take the opportunity to pause and reflect on what I’ve done so far, and where I want to go next. Think of it as my own personal performance review or annual appraisal. Only I’m taking you, dear reader, along for the ride.
This post was partly inspired by a recent twitter conversation about how we as freelancers can manage our own appraisals, reviews, and goal-setting. I thought by publicly penning my goals for the year ahead, I’d make myself accountable, which would serve as extra motivation. After all, this has worked for me in the past. And because we’re all in need of some positivity, I’ve decided to focus only on the things I’m proud of, rather than the mistakes I’ve made and the lessons I’ve learned. (Don’t be fooled – there have been plenty of those too!)
So here we go, the top 10 things I’m proud of achieving:
Finished my year-long #ThatTranslatorCanCook challenge
Worked with 19 different clients, many of whom I now work with on a weekly or monthly basis
Had the opportunity to meet and get to know many talented and supportive colleagues, in-person (when that was a thing) and online
Joined the ITI French Network Committee as Newsletter Editor
Contributed a feature article to the ITI Bulletin
Contributed two articles and a profile for the ITI London Regional Group’s newsletter
Took part in some excellent continuing professional development activities. Some of my favourite were: wine translation workshop with Ruth Simpson transcreation workshop with Adriana Tortiorello MOOC on Future Food: Sustainable Food Systems for the 21st Century by the University of Exeter Webinar on The Mistakes that Translators Make with Verbs with Grant Hamilton
Regularly take part in community forums and chats, including: #ContentClubUK, a weekly twitter chat (Tuesday at 11am, UK time) on various aspects to do with content/copywriting and freelancing ITI Network Group forums, including the Food and Drink network, French network, and London Regional Group
Invested in a project management/accounting tool (LSPExpert – made specifically for translators)
Where to next? Well, I have a few plans. Without going into the nitty gritty – the how, the why, and the when, below are the overall goals I hope to achieve over the year ahead.
Focus on translation, copywriting, and transcreation work
Move away from hands-on marketing work
Increase my work in food and drink translation and copywriting
Develop a specialisation in sustainability and the environment
Attend the ITI Conference
Work with more direct clients
Work with my RevClub colleagues on paid projects
Get to know more amazing and inspiring colleagues
Do you have any thoughts or tips to share, or goals in common? Or maybe you’d like to share your own process for goal-setting and review? I’d love to hear from you – comment below or get in touch by email, twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.