The recruiting process

The recruiting process can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Most translators work alone, either with direct clients or with agencies. However, some like to create their own team and have other colleagues working with them, some even grow those teams and become agencies. It all depends on your goals and what you want to do. I’ve never wanted to create an agency, but I like the idea of having a team of independent translators, that is what I’ve had for about 10 years.

Team of independent translators

A team of independent translators is basically a group of independent translators, that use the team name as their trading name. In return, they will work with the team in all internal activities, such as marketing, social media, website, etc. For example, in my case, the team was not a company, and each member worked independently with their pricing etc. Although, their prices were published on the team’s website.

There may be some teams who work as a company, and the company bills clients and then pay them as employees or partners.

Setting up the Team

If you decide to work in a team and you want to recruit colleagues to work with you, there a few steps that will help you make the right decisions. I would say that the most important of those steps is to set rules in your team. Create a regulatory document such as a constitution. There you should set out all the rules you want for the team. Even if your team is not to be deemed as a company, it needs rules, it needs basic guidelines that everyone should follow. This is different for your Terms & Conditions since these are internal rules and T&C’s are for clients.

Recruiting process

The final step is to recruit members to your team. For that, you need to know what you want and be very clear about it. Set your requisites, so the applicants know what you expect of them and what to expect of you. For example, if you are a Certified Translator maybe you want all applicants to have that qualification as well. What languages would you like to recruit and specialisations, etc?

Then be honest and upfront, explain all the rights and duties within the team and ask them if they are still interested. If they do, it is the beginning of a professional relationship.

Working in a team is great. It allows you to have contact with people and sharing ideas. If you take simple steps, in the beginning, it may be a lifetime relationship and growth for you, for your team members and for the team itself.

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