How Do I get clients on the net for my Book translation services?

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Hi fellow marketers,
I really need your guidance.
My name is Tony and I am an English-French, French-English sworn translator.

My intention is to offer my services in translating client's books from English to French or vice versa. I am very good at what I do and I am fast in delivering my services. But the problem is I do not have clients. And I am not sure on what is the proper and effective way to go about getting clients.
What do you guys suggest?

Must I start offering my services free of charge to few people in order to build my portfolio and take it from there?

How can get clients on the net without having a big portfolio and without spending money on ads?

What must I do to brand myself and promote my services more effectively?

What would you do if you were in my place?
Thanks in advance for your kind assistance in pointing me in the right direction of acquiring clients for my book translation services.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    First, you sell on Fiverr.
    Second, you offer to translate any text within 24 hours.

    Either one is enough to make me pass you: you don't have credibility.

    If you're willing to translate 500 words for 5 dollars less Fiverr's cut, you just can't be good. That's how I see it. Why? Because I have translated. Some 20 years ago. My fee was $30 for 1 page (250 or so words).

    I am not saying I am better than you, just that I fished in a different pond, a pond where people were willing to pay... I also, at about the same time, fished in another pond, where they were not willing to pay me more than $15 for a birth certificate, and I wanted at least $25. So I stopped fishing for clients in that pond. Then stopped with translations altogether:found a way to make a lot more than that.

    Anyway, you need to figure out who wants translations, besides peeps on fiverr. You need to position yourself in such a way that they will trust you.

    By the way, your site is all about you. Who (besides you) cares about you? Not your prospects, for sure.

    Re-work that. Instead of I do this and that, you get this and that. Small but powerful change.

    If you're that good of a translator, why not approach publishing houses (the kind that publish books and booklets for businesses), for instance?

    Probably could participate in forums for publishers of business books or engineering books or something like that...

    Every big city in the US has a French center. Connect with them. Probably called La Maison Francaise or L'Alliance Francaise or The French Club.

    Originally Posted by warrior4life View Post

    Hi fellow marketers,
    I really need your guidance.
    My name is Tony and I am an English-French, French-English sworn translator.

    My intention is to offer my services in translating client's books from English to French or vice versa. I am very good at what I do and I am fast in delivering my services. But the problem is I do not have clients. And I am not sure on what is the proper and effective way to go about getting clients.
    What do you guys suggest?

    Must I start offering my services free of charge to few people in order to build my portfolio and take it from there?

    How can get clients on the net without having a big portfolio and without spending money on ads?

    What must I do to brand myself and promote my services more effectively?

    What would you do if you were in my place?
    Thanks in advance for your kind assistance in pointing me in the right direction of acquiring clients for my book translation services.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    Originally Posted by warrior4life View Post

    Hi fellow marketers,
    I really need your guidance.
    My name is Tony and I am an English-French, French-English sworn translator.

    My intention is to offer my services in translating client's books from English to French or vice versa. I am very good at what I do and I am fast in delivering my services. But the problem is I do not have clients. And I am not sure on what is the proper and effective way to go about getting clients.
    What do you guys suggest?

    Must I start offering my services free of charge to few people in order to build my portfolio and take it from there?

    How can get clients on the net without having a big portfolio and without spending money on ads?

    What must I do to brand myself and promote my services more effectively?

    What would you do if you were in my place?
    Thanks in advance for your kind assistance in pointing me in the right direction of acquiring clients for my book translation services.
    Hi Tony!

    What I would do if I was you, is start my own blog in that niche.

    Your blog is going to give you more exposure and more authority online. There are probably hundreds of people searching in Google for such services every month.

    If you just learn how to rank blog posts in Google for specific terms like; "French to English translation services online" - you can start to get clients. And you might even get more clients than you can handle.

    Your blog will be like your own store online. There are three keys to successful blogging, these are; blog design, blog conversion, and blog traffic.

    I highly suggest you to learn more about blogging. You can get a blog up and runningvery fast if you really wanted to. Once you have that blog, start sharing valuable content that will attract your most ideal type of visitor that are more likely to buy your services.

    You can also showcase your portfolio in your blog.

    Another thing I would recommend you to do is to leverage the popularity of Fiverr.com. You can list your services in this platform and with a little bit of promotion you can start getting some clients.

    Just keep learning internet marketing and implement with consistency!
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  • Profile picture of the author YourGoToWriter
    You can try posting your resume on Indeed, that's a first. Then, you can join job hiring-related Facebook groups and offer your services You can also set up your blog for your portfolio to strengthen your credibility -Micah
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