How can you improve the odds of receiving sufficient assignments to generate a consistent income? Beyond adopting best business practices that have been outlined so far in this text, there are other tasks that will gain you influence when you are working with a translation agency.
First and foremost, take your business seriously. Keep in mind that the translation business is as competitive as any other, it is your primary duty to “mind your business” to help agencies keep your business in their minds. Organize a regular promotion schedule; postal and email letters to remind them of your abilities and activities in the industry.
You should send updates when you achieve a new level of accreditation or add an innovation to your service that responds to a need in the market. Think of your business in public relation terms as well; there may be an opportunity for you to work with an agency that advances not only your prestige, but also that of the translation profession via your relationship with the agency.
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