Global business guide: top tips for international expansion

The consistent growth of a business always means the expansion of its audience. In a globally connected age, that means international development should always be factored in as part of your business plan. There are many challenges to international trade, but as more of the world gets online, global expansion is no longer loaded with the barriers that it used to be. The rewards can make the hard work more than worth it. If you have hit a growth wall and you’re considering expanding your business to reach an international audience, here are some of the best tips that could turn your company into a worldwide brand. (more…)

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How to start an online translation business

start an online translation business

English may still be the lingua franca of global business for now, but this doesn’t change the fact that the globalized economy creates hot demand for language skills in the UK and beyond. Brexit has created a surge of demand for translation work, which is likely to be sustained as companies look to move into new markets. For those speaking non-European languages, there’s never been a better time to parlay those skills into starting an online translation business.

Specialize your services

The most important step in starting any business is refining your idea. When starting an online translation business, the trick is knowing where your services will fit into the market. Unless you’ve worked in-house at a reputable translation company, you won’t necessarily have the powerful reputation you need to command important translation projects: legal contracts, financial documents and technical translations. When it comes to any writing-based jobs, it’s vital to settle on a specialization: whether this is translating SEO content into Spanish or translating marketing materials into Mandarin.

Budget

One of the best things about translating services is that barriers to entry are low. You can start an online translation business from the comfort of your own home with your own PC. With that said, there are some upfront overheads such as Hiscox professional indemnity insurance. It’s crucial you get the right cover to defend yourself from any translation complaints that could otherwise sink you.

Once you know which services you’ll be offering, you can work out your costs and come up with a price accordingly. What are your competitors charging for comparable services? When you’re starting out in any industry, it’s a good idea to bring a range of introductory offers that will help you secure long-term business.

Advertise on freelance platforms

A good way of testing the market and looking into viable demand would be advertising on the major freelance platforms. Fiverr, Upwork and People Per Hour are the biggest names in this niche. Bear in mind that all these platforms will eat into your bottom line, taking a 10% cut of your fees.

Build out a website

Hiring a web designer will be costly, so as a short-term solution, you can rely on a template-based application like WordPress, or even a slightly more sleek SquareSpace or Wix buildout. The challenge in the long run is to use your website to hammer home your translation brand and communicate your unique selling proposition (USP) to site visitors. Why should businesses use you for their work? Include client testimonials, a summary of your key selling points and a contact form as absolute standards. Beyond this, it pays to know about the basics of SEO and keep an eye on how your website is doing through Google Analytics: traffic, bounce rate and dwell time are all key data points for you to work on as you grow your business.

Once you’ve built your website, all that’s left is to start shouting about your business. Social media is important but B2B social media is where the money is.

 

Top reasons why Valencia is the perfect city for freelancers

Freelance Valencia

The ability to work from anywhere in the world is one of the greatest benefits of remote freelance work, and if you can choose to live anywhere, why wouldn’t you choose a thriving, culturally stimulating coastal city with beautiful weather? Why wouldn’t you choose Spain’s third-largest city, Valencia?

 

Use Valencia’s lively expat community to network

Valencia NetworkingValencia’s many attractions have drawn expats from all over the world, giving the city a cosmopolitan feel and excellent networking opportunities, while retaining its authentic Spanish charm. There’s a great selection of networking groups and events to help you connect with other digital nomads in the city such as Meetup and InterNations. Valencia’s startup scene is also booming, with new companies from language learning services to fintech and fashion companies regularly popping up. All this activity will give you great opportunities to network and find new clients.

Translators and language professionals will be interested to know that Valencia is home to a wide variety of translation agencies, including several big players. Whatever your industry you should be able to take advantage of these plentiful language services as translation plays a vital role in global business success. Why not take a look at Valencia-based BeTranslated’s specialized business translation services to help your business reach new international clients?

 

Find your perfect coworking space

Coworking space for freelancer translatorsThe coworking movement has provided freelancers worldwide with communities with which to exchange ideas, and stimulating, well-equipped places to work. Remote workers in Valencia are spoilt for choice as these spaces can be found throughout the city with many offering hourly, daily, and monthly rates. Check out Wayco in Russafa, Botánico in the historic center, and Tantam Coworking in Benimaclet, to name a few. Of course, if you prefer working in cafés or libraries, the majority of places in the city offer free WiFi and many are very work-friendly; you’re bound to see other people with their laptops out.

 

Save money, live well

affordable ValenciaAlthough Valencia offers many of the same benefits and facilities as Madrid and Barcelona, it’s much cheaper to live in. The strict measures imposed on holiday rentals by Valencia’s regional government are limiting holiday tourism’s influence on the rental market, meaning that the city’s rents are significantly lower than other major Spanish cities. Add to this low utilities; reasonably priced, quality restaurants; cheap public transport; and free healthcare, and living in Valencia makes great financial sense.

 

Traverse the city with ease on foot, by bike, or public transport

Valencia bike lanesValencia is the perfect size. It’s big enough to enjoy the advantages of any metropolitan area but small enough not to be overwhelmed. Although there are great metro and bus links throughout the city, many people choose to walk or cycle.

Valencia makes the most of being a flat city by having over 150 kilometers of cycle paths, with more being added regularly. It has an affordable city bike rental system, Valenbisi, so the health or eco-conscious digital nomad can zip from one side of the city to the other without problems. Valencia is also well-connected for international travel with many direct flights throughout Europe.

 

Enjoy one of the best climates in Europe

Valencia WeatherFor many people moving to Spain, the weather is an important factor in their decision and Valencia certainly delivers on that front. With a Mediterranean climate and an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, it’s a very tempting place to live. And the city offers many opportunities to make the most of the pleasant temperatures, whether in the Turia river park, which snakes through the city center and is a hive of activity; the stunning and easily accessible beaches; or the myriad of bars with outdoor seating.

 

Food, culture, and natural beauty…take your pick

Valencia cultureWhether you prefer wandering historic streets, trying out water sports in the warmth of the med, or sampling local delicacies, you’ll never be bored while living in Valencia. The city has some of the most famous museums in the country including the family-friendly scientific and cultural leisure complex, the City of Arts and Sciences.

Living in Valencia also means you’re never far from areas of natural beauty, such as the Albufera National Park which happens to be the birthplace of Valencia’s most famous (and delicious) local dish: paella. Valencia is also home to one of the biggest festivals in Spain, Las Fallas, an explosive event that has to be seen to be believed.

 

Don’t let internet slow you down

Valencia internet speedIt’s all very well enjoying the sunshine and great food, but when you need to get on with your work, practical questions like internet speeds become more important. Valencia ranks high with an average speed of 45 Mbps, so you shouldn’t have any problem wherever you are working from, be it your home, a coworking space, or your local bar. You can get your work done quickly and get back to enjoying the city.

 

Never worry about safety

Valencia safetyYou may be moving to Valencia as a single person or with your family, but either way, feeling safe is a priority. In Spain, it’s common for people of all ages, from pensioners to children, to stay out late so you never feel alone or unsafe in the city.

You’ll be happy to know that it’s not just a feeling; Valencia boasts reassuringly low crime rates, so you can enjoy the city day or night without worrying. You can also breathe easy knowing that air pollution in Valencia is extremely low.

Have we tempted you to make the move to Valencia? If you do decide to take yourself and your business global, chances are you’ll be in need of a professional, reliable translation service. From document translation to marketing language services, BeTranslated has got you covered. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information or to get a free quote.