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I have been toying with the idea of running a blog diary for my business while spending a year in Sweden and have decided to realize it. This diary will run from August 1st 2012 to August 1st 2013 and containing all sorts of matters regarding Swedish Translation Services’ business activities and my life as a freelance translator during this year.

My home office in Sweden

My home office in Sweden

August 1st 2012 was my first work day after an extended vacation after my move to Sweden. Before the move I had set up so that I can keep my business phone number, with the aid of Google Voice and Talkatone. I have also kept my business in the US, including my address and finances; all to make it as easy and seamless as possible for my existing clients. I have forwarded my mail to someone who will take care of it and deposit all checks. This has so far worked pretty well, for the exception that a few items seem to never have reached her mailbox. I will have to contact the post office to see why this is. I might have to set up a post box service instead.


The first work day was tough. We had barely moved in to our rented house and there were still a lot of practical things to take care of. Luckily my clients are used to me being in the MST-time zone and I could run errands in the day and work at night. During my vacation I had an away message for my email, but regularly checked my email during my travels and my move, so that I could dive into the projects right away from day one. I am glad to see that my favorite customers have remained loyal and that I had many fun projects to dig into.

Apart from my regular translation work I also have to start preparing my training session in Stockholm this fall on creating a website for translators, held through SFÖ. I will also give a presentation on websites for translators during the ATA Conference in San Diego. Aside from this I am hoping to take some writing and translation classes here in Stockholm this fall, and hopefully participate in one or two more conferences in Europe. Unfortunately some of the conference dates conflict with my husbands travels this fall. Any tips on important events to attend are welcome.

Swedish Translation Services is a company owned by Tess Whitty, a freelance translator (English-Swedish), proofreader, editor, copy writer, localizer and entrepreneur.


  1. […] to document her experience in the form of a diary on her blog, and you can read the first entry here. *Tess also wrote a really interesting post a few weeks ago about the Swedish tradition of extended […]

  2. Carolyn Yohn says:

    I’m looking forward to reading more about your year abroad! Keeping a journal is a great idea. I have a handwritten one that helps me keep on track with different small projects, minor improvement ideas, etc. It’s really helped me process my thoughts about the profession and freelancing in general! And one day, I’m sure it will be a lot of fun to re-read 🙂