How to be more professional as a freelancer

how to be more professional as a freelancer

Operating as a sole trader or freelancer gives you a lot of freedom, but it also means taking on many roles all at once. You need to do more than be a talented translator: you must be a keen business person, IT specialist, accountant, HR department, and marketer. You have to wear all these hats as a freelancer, and if you don’t juggle them successfully, then you run the risk of looking unprofessional and losing clients.

Managing such a professional image and customer service is a challenge, and many don’t know where to start. With this guide, you’ll learn the key areas to focus on in order to become more professional as a freelancer:


How your business can use technology to streamline recruitment

streamline recruitment

There are few areas of business that haven’t been streamlined and improved by technology in recent years. Everything from administration to marketing has become significantly easier because we have technological tools that enable us to do more with less. When it comes to streamlining your recruitment process, technology can help you in a number of different ways. (more…)

Write perfect job descriptions to hire the best international candidates

How to write perfect foreign language job descriptions to reach top international candidates

Foreign-born candidates are rapidly joining the U.S. job market. Candidates who come from another country often bring the benefit of being bilingual and having an increased perspective on foreign cultures and markets, fresh ideas, alternative points of view… It’s time to diversify your workforce!

To reach potential future employees from overseas it is crucial to post job descriptions in a wide variety of languages to read the widest possible audience. But how can you rest assured that you are representing your company well in your target language? BeTranslated takes a closer look. (more…)

Top reasons why Valencia is the perfect city for freelancers

Freelance Valencia

The ability to work from anywhere in the worldis 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 overwhelming. 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. So you can get your work done 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.