Translation conferences are an essential tool for freelance translators, for a number of reasons. That’s why we’ve put together a great resource on the Tomedes site: the Tomedes Conference Page.
This handy page allows you to have a look at the various upcoming translation conferences around the world and find out more about the ones that you would like to attend. Here are a few important reasons why you should do so.
Keeping up to date
In any area of business, it is important to keep up to date with the latest trends and development in your sector. For freelance translators, translation conferences can be a great way to do this.
Boosting your freelance income
Translation conferences are also great for opening up new avenues of income. Network with fellow delegates and seek out those who could be useful contacts in terms of adding to your client base and/or boosting your income. Take the time as well to speak to the conference’s organisers and speakers, if you can. These will be some of the most influential and well connected people at the conference, so a conversation with them could certainly pay dividends!
There are times when freelancing can feel like a lonely career choice. Use translation conferences to fight the isolation by catching up with fellow translators, meeting new acquaintances and enjoying a day or two of the company of those working in your sector.
Translation conferences can be a great way to prompt you to refresh your skills. Inspiring speakers who flag up future trends in the industry can be just the boost that delegates need to make sure that they hone their skills to be in line with future needs.
When did you last attend a translation conference? What was the most useful part of the event and why? Let us know in the comments.