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For Current and Potential Linguapreneurs


Read through to the bottom for a chance to win some of my favorite resources for linguapreneurs! 

One of my most recent posts was a list of resources for language job seekers. But what if you work for yourself? Or what if you want to work for yourself but aren’t sure where to begin?

If you’re currently or potentially self-employed, then you’re what I call a linguapreneur. You’re combining your language skills and passion for communication with the development of a business, all by yourself.

Personally, I couldn’t be happier to have entered linguapreneurship, and I know I’m not the only one. Now that I’ve experienced what it’s like to work for myself (and all the highs and lows included in that!), it would be difficult to return to a job working for someone else.

There are plenty of people who have combined their love of language with a business idea. But there just aren’t a lot of resources out there that help us language lovers specifically, so it can be very difficult to get a grasp on how the process is started; in my case, I felt extremely overwhelmed at the beginning and at several other points, and I felt especially at a disadvantage due to my complete lack of business training (or anything other than the humanities, actually).

Two resources I recommend highly are Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course on Udemy and the book The Entrepreneurial Linguist: The Business-School Approach to Freelance Translation by Judy and Dagmar Jenner.

Seth Godin’s course is a resource that covers general topics, but it’s such a fantastically clear and concise introduction to self-employment that any linguapreneur will be able to find value in this content.

The Entrepreneurial Linguist is one of those very rare gems that focuses on language professionals; and even if you are not a translator or interpreter, you’ll find that the Jenners’ advice is excellent and applicable to your situation.

If you’re just starting out, or even if you want to gain some more clarity in the services or products that you offer, both of these materials will give you valuable tools that you’ll be able to refer back to again and again as your business grows and evolves.

If you’re interested in checking out these resources, click the link below to enter the giveaway for this linguapreneurship bundle. The winner get’s both Seth Godin’s Udemy course, as well as the Kindle edition of The Entrepreneurial Linguist. And please share with other self-employed language lovers—the more you share, the more chances you have to win!

May 8, 2015: This giveaway is closed! Congratulations to Caroline Alberoni of Alberoni Translations


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Tammy Bjelland
Language lover, teacher & coach.

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