Interpreter jobs can be found in hospitals, medical centers and clinics, law firms and courts, large organizations and businesses, government agencies and tourist industry.
Although there is a huge demand for these language specialists, high paying permanent positions don’t come around often.
If you are an interpreter by profession, you most likely are freelancing. You are required to travel and be on-site for a specific period, unless you perform your work over the phone.
The interpreting market is small but highly competitive.
Most interpreters are so focused on filling the blanks in their schedule that they miss the most important part of running their business – planning.
You stay alert by the phone and wait to be called at any moment. Then you run from one place to another to fill the time slots of your day. You are basically trading your hours for dollars, with a lot of time spent in transit or waiting for the next call.
The thing is, when you are desperate for work, you tend to undersell yourself. Eventually you lose control of your business. You are then no different from an on-call casual worker.
Some suggest that as time goes by, when you build up more experience and a good reputation, things will take a change for the better.
Unfortunately many government agencies and large organizations are very bureaucratic and therefore extremely inefficient. Not to mention favouritism is often played within.
Having experience and a good work ethic doesn’t always translate into more interpreter jobs for you.
Building up connections requires time, but time and experience alone is not going to fundamentally change the nature of your business.
You still have only limited time in a day, a week, or a year to trade for income. If you don’t start switching your mindset and plan your business, a breakthrough is just not going to happen.
You need to realize that you possess a wonderful skill that lots of other people don’t have. You are a professional that has something valuable to offer.
You are an expert! So don’t be shy to establish your expert status.
Apart from taking pre booked interpreter jobs, you want to find other selling points as an expert. You need to learn key skills on how to find a job and how to find clients.
People are looking for information all the time. Why don’t you create and tailor some products and services to their needs?
You also want to take advantage of some Passive Income Opportunities for the days to come. Do not restrict yourself to only focus on jobs for interpreters.
You’ll have to restructure your business if you are in for the long haul. This is the only way to free up your valuable time and create products and services that help people and ultimately helps you.
And you know what? When time is on your side, you get to pick and choose what suits you, and then those high paying quality interpreter jobs may come your way.