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How I became a freelancer and where it has led me...

It's all here, in my new interview to freelancermap.com. I am grateful for a chance to share my experience and some tips with the subscribers of this wonderful website. The interview was an interesting process. I've been kind of silent here, because now being only a part-time freelancer, I can't decide what to write about. There are a couple posts in my drafts, but I've been hesitating about publishing them. So big thanks to Doreen for showing me that my experience can still be valuable for others. Dear Doreen, I promise, I will keep this blog living and active!


So, things you will learn from this interview include:
1. How I became a freelancer (though you might already know that part ;-))
2. Why freelancing is a part-time business for me now and how that transition actually happened.
3. What do I do to find new clients and keep them :-)
4. Some marketing and success tips from me.

And of course, I will be happy to read your stories!
Here's what you can do:
  • You can write a post in your blog about how you became a freelancer, where that decision has led you and where you are now, and post a link to it in comments underneath
  • Or you can contact me and write a guest post
I know one translator who eventually stopped translating and now is a fitness and lifestyle coach! Some other colleaguess who were active bloggers a couple years ago have now added services like copywriting, social media and content marketing. So being a freelancer and learning new things in order to grow your business sometimes produces quite unexpected results! For some colleagues, translation is that precious treasure which will always come first. And that's wonderful! We all know these people because they shape our industry. Are you one of those people? Or do you want to become one of them?

I am looking forward to hearing from you! Share your stories and let's learn from one another.

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Time for another update about guest posts, business, blogging and more!

Hi everybody! First of all, thank you for reading my blog. I love to see that the number of my subscribers is growing every week. That's so inspiring!
I've got some news for you. I am amazed with the way my work and business are developing. Life is getting more and more interesting and, hopefully, these changes will be good for you, too! So, here are my news: