13 Oct The Couch – Going Beyond Agencies
The Couch is back. This is a space where we can share our doubts, our knowledge and help our colleagues. All data that might make the parties or case identifiable have been removed.
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Our colleague has decided that agency work alone is not enough to cover the bills. And since she is not a staff interpreter, she is wondering if it is ok to start promoting herself and what is the best way to do it.
Question #1: Where am I going to find direct clients? Can I write to lawyers and offer my services?
Question #2: How much above what the agency offers should I charge? Is 25% ok? I heard they actually charge the clients double what they pay us, but I can’t believe that.
Question #3: Will I need a website? I don’t even know if it is going to work…
Question #4: Are there any ethical concerns I should look out for?
We will stop here. The knowledge base among us is enough to set our colleague on the right path. Here’s looking forward to your comments.