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I follow the blog from FreelanceSwitch and have over time found many useful tips for freelancers and thus also for freelance translators. Recently they shared a post called “30 Inherently Useful Tools for Freelancers” and I wanted to share 4 tools I found most useful here.

1. How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer – FreelanceSwitch own book for freelancers, written by the founders of FreelanceSwitch – Collins & Cyan Ta’eed. I truly enjoyed another book for freelancers called “The Wealthy Freelancers” and look forward to reading this one too.

2. FreelanceSwitch Hourly Rate Calculator – Here you can calculate what your hourly rate should be based on your costs and the amount of time you spend earning money.

3. XE: For working with overseas clients in different foreign currencies. XE’s currency converter is a useful tool for accurate currency calculations that features up-to-the-minute currency rates.

4. Dropbox – I use a stationary computer and a laptop and can synchronize the files on both computers effortlessly by using dropbox.

Other great tools mentioned are Paypal, Google Calendar (which I use to synchronize my calendars between my two computers and my iPhone, plus MakeSomeTime.

Do you have any favorite tools not listed that you love as a freelance translator?

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


  1. Lisa Carter says:

    Hey, Tess. I follow FreelanceSwitch too and always find they have great advice!

    One other tool specific to translation that I couldn’t live without is Translation Office 3000. I’ve used it for about 5 years now and it’s the easiest way to keep track of all my projects, deadlines and invoices. It’s easy to set up, is constantly updated, and has excellent customer service.

    No, I don’t work for them, am not an affiliate or in any other way related! 😉 They just make a great product that makes my life easier.

    • Tess says:

      Thank you Lisa! I used Translation Office earlier too, but changed to QuickBooks for the bookkeeping, payroll etc. Do you think TO 3000 can handle that well?