How to Become an Interpreter and Entrepreneur

How to Become an Interpreter and Entrepreneur

Understanding what you need and what it takes to become a professional interpreter.​

Want to learn how to become an Interpreter and Entrepreneur?

Did you know that if your Bilingual you can actually become a professional Interpreter or Translator and start your own business?

Let me tell you…

If your bilingual interpreting can be an amazing career in today’s economy.  For decades Immigration into the US has led to a growing number of individuals seeking assistance in immigration settings, medical, and legal settings just to name a few.  Unfortunately, many are unable to speak or understand the English language and therefore require the assistance of a professional, skilled and trained interpreter. 

But – let’s make it CLEAR! They need HELP from a trained interpreter who speaks FLUENTLY both English and their target language, as well as knowing the right terminology in the respected field.

Ever wonder what you need to become a professional interpreter? Well, the first step to becoming a professional interpreter is to make sure you understand the requirements. 

Secondly, if you are seeking to become a certified interpreter then there’s also steps you must take in order to become a medical/legal certified interpreter.  The requirements to start and become certified are different from one to the other, so it’s important you understand the requirements.

business training

There’s many steps you need to follow to become a professional interpreter.

  • Be bilingual (fluent in 2 or more languages)
  • Get trained
  • Decide what business sector you will work in
  • Learn the terminology
  • Get business experience
  • Get experience in that specific field

Check out this video and learn more…

Paths to starting your career as a professional interpreter

About Faviola Valencia, the CEO Hustler providing Elite Services 4 You

Faviola Valencia, the CEO Hustler dba Elite Services 4 You has over 20 years of professional business and language experience. 

 

I’ve been providing interpreting, translation, transcription, over the phone interpreting, localization, interpreter training and business coaching services to small businesses, freelancers, entrepreneurs, law firms, government agencies, international corporations and professional organizations just to name a few.  

 

I’m proud to say that I’ve been the company and interpreter of choice for so many years to so many amazing companies and organizations.  If you are ready to Boss Up and Rise and ready to Start and Grow Your business using my same steps, processes and procedures then let’s Chat!

Introduction to Interpreting training

Interpreter Trainer

Introduction to Interpreting training

Learn what it takes to start your career and business as a professional interpreter

Introduction to Interpreting is a training provided to bilingual and motivated future interpreters who want to learn the basic fundamentals, ethics, foundation, standards and modes of interpretation in order to understand what it takes to be a Good, Professional Interpreter.

 

My Introduction to Interpreting will provide you with the Basic Fundamentals you need to not only learn the interpreting industry but also learn the business aspects of becoming a “Freelance/Entrepreneur”.

So, if you’re Bilingual and want to Start a Career as a Professional Interpreter, but don’t know how? Then this is a must-watch video for you!

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Watch “Introduction to Interpreting, be a professional medical, legal, community Interpreter in (2019)” on YouTube

 

Here’s a quick video that will explain a little more about what you need, what it takes and what you must know before jumping into this industry if you want to “Earn Your Worth”…

 

This is a Billion dollar industry and there’s so much potential for growth and opportunities to Starting Your Career as a Freelancer, Entrepreneur or an Agency Owner…

 

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I will teach you how to AVOID potential RISKS with your business, as well as all the “Good, Bad, and Evil” of this industry:

  • What it takes to promote your services and what interpreter recruiters look for in an interpreter.
  • Provide you with an actionable plan that will get you started as a Professional Interpreter, as well as how to become a successful Freelance Interpreter.
  • I will reveal career secrets, through specific, real-life examples and strategies that will help your career.

 

The list also includes:

  • What it takes to become an Interpreter
  • Do’s and Don’ts of an Interpreter
  • The Administrative and Back Office tools you need
  • How to work with top agencies
  • What to look out for when accepting assignments
  • The skills you need and how to get them
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Your Voice; Keeping it Healthy

Your Voice;

Keeping it Healthy

If you work as an Interpreter, Dispatcher or even in a call center, your job depends on your “voice”, right? Therefore you are considered an “occupational voice user.”
 
 
Therefore you are “The Voice”, that is your tool and the most valuable tool you have in order to convey your message and get your job done.
 
 
So, whether your an Interpreter, Conference Interpreter, Dispatcher, or work in a call center your voice is your only link with the customer.
 
Therefore it’s important that you take care of your voice and that you maintain a healthy voice in order to get the job done.
 

Because just as a neat professional attire is essential for face-to-face interactions, having a clear voice is essential for your day-to-day business operations.

 

And a hoarse voice from an Interpreter, or call center agent (CCA), or dispatcher carries the same negative impression as a worn-out outfit and can detract from building credibility and or doing your job the right way.

Little Story: A few years back I was doing a Conference appointment for the State, I actually had a team interpreter (who was sick) and was “coughing up a storm.” 

 

Having a sick interpreter onsite who’s unable to do his/her job (use their voice to speak) affects all those in the room.  This situation not only did it affect the overall assignment, but it was a major distraction and also put on more stress on me – because I had to complete the job myself because my partner was sick with laryngitis.

So a healthy voice is crucial because you are constantly talking and using your voice to do your job and if you don’t take care of your voice, you are at risk for damaging your voice and developing hoarseness.

 

A 2002 study on voice problems among CCAs reported voice problems in 31 percent of CCAs, with several negative outcomes, including:

  • Increased sick days
  • Fewer calls per hour
  • More breaks away from the phone
  • Needing to repeat themselves
  • Or needing to force the voice out

 

Overall, Interpreters, Dispatchers, CCAs with voice problems is bad not only for them, and those who use their Voice to work but also it’s bad for business.

 

I’ve learned from some Voice experts who now think that voice problem is a form of repetitive motion injury because the vocal cords are being injured by overuse, similar to the way data entry personnel may develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

This is interesting, isn’t?

 

Did you know that when we talk, the vocal cords vibrate about 200 times a second for women and about half that for men?

 

That can add up to more than a million cycles of vibration during a workday at a call center causing vocal injury this is also true for singers, interpreters, dispatchers, call centers, etc.

 

As a professional conference interpreter who’s constantly working and who uses her voice to work, it is so important to take care of your voice!

Education Interpreter
Educational Interpreter

True Story: About 4 years ago (I was a major workaholic)…

 

I was 🤔😊working all day, every day and would not take breaks in between.  I also didn’t like working with other colleagues (I had bad experiences with other agency interpreters) and therefore prefer to work alone – “loner”…Oh well! 

 

Also during this same time frame, I was working for a whole straight month non-stop during the winter months and around November.

 

Unfortunately while working at a conference my Voice literally starting squeaking, I could NOT Speak, my voice started sounding horsy like, my chest started to hurt, my throat was just feeling horrible, I started to sweat, got dizzy and literally passed out!

 

Apparently, I had walking pneumonia and laryngitis and ended up in the hospital (after my assignment)!

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I failed to listen to my body!

 

I was just so excited about the work, I love what I do and was just on a roll – “Go-go-go” non-stop that my body finally gave out in the middle of an assignment! 

 

This little scenario ended up costing me months being out of work until I was able to get my Voice back and recuperate from this horrible experience!

 

So yes, dear interpreters, dispatchers, CCAs, Schedulers and all of you who use your work to fulfill your responsibilities TAKE CARE OF YOUR “VOICE”!

 

Here are some recommendations and things that I do and have done so since this episode.

 

Posture

Taking frequent breaks and being able to move around is so important because it reduces the tension in your body and will prevent you from having other joint/muscle problems.

 

Breaks

Taking frequent breaks will give your voice muscle a rest, so try to rest your voice – meaning no talking, or drinking cold drinks.

 

Voice Pacing

Voice scientists advise those who use their Voice to work “to think of voice pacing on three levels:

  • Breaks within phone calls
  • Between phone calls during the workday
  • And breaks between workdays”

 

Tips

Besides posture, breaks, and vocal pacing, you must also practice good voice hygiene. These tips have helped me keep the throat moist and free from irritation so that my vocal cords are less likely to be injured:

  • Drinking lots of (room temperature) water (or non-caffeinated liquid) during the day.
  • Keep water with you at all times.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are drying to the throat.
  • Try to avoid excess coughing and throat clearing.
  • Don’t smoke! Smoking causes irritation and can lead to cancer and other health-related problems.
  • If you have a hoarse voice due to a cold or upper respiratory infection then don’t go to work.
  • Seek medical attention to manage any medical conditions that can cause throat irritation including acid reflux, postnasal drainage, allergies, asthma, and endocrine conditions, etc.
  • Avoid dry interior climates
  • Prevent high-risk areas they are known to cause damage to your voice.
  • Eat good and moist meals and avoid spicy foods, they cause acid reflux or GERD
  • Use a humidifier in your room or home, especially in dry climates.
  • Avoid mouthwash (it contains alcohol), if you need to gargle use lukewarm saltwater
  • Take vitamins or eat fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins, A, E, and C
  • Drink lemon tea with honey (instead of  coffee)
  • I made my own paste that I add to my teas and helps with phlegm and it also has helped me from getting sick; it includes:
    • Ginger
    • Honey
    • Coconut oil
    • Pepper, etc…I will include the paste recipe in my next food meal article.
  •  

Get Help Early; Listen to Your Body

Seek medical attention early don’t wait until you have lost your voice to seek medical help.
 
Pay attention to the signs that your voice is getting tired such as– dry throat, raw or tired feeling in the throat, increased mucus in the throat, feeling like talking takes more effort, feeling throat strain — in addition to a raspy or hoarse voice.

 

I would love to hear what you do to keep your Voice Healthy while working.  Let me know in the comments.

 

I also invite you to check out this YOUTUBE VIDEO

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As the end of the year is coming I want to share a bit more about Who I Am, What I Do and What I Provide and to share My Love and Passion for both Interpreting and Entrepreneurship.

So let me ask you; do you have a Special Skill?

Do you have a Product or maybe a Service that you want to share with the world? or;

Maybe you are Bilingual and want to Start Your Own Business?

So, if you answered yes to all of the above, let me ask you one more question; How would you like to use those “special skills, products and/or services” to create additional income and start your own business?

So many of you who already know me know that I’ve been on both sides of the aisle.  I started off as a freelancer working with agencies (and still work) with a couple of agencies. After a few months working as a freelancer and seeing the do’s and don’ts and the “Good, Bad and Evil”, I decided I no longer wanted to continue to work as a Freelancer and working for “pennies on the dollar” and personally I didn’t like the process and demands of agencies especially since I was a “Freelancer / Independent Contractor” and NOT an Employee.  Therefore, I decided to venture off on my own.

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