When it comes to working as an independent contractor or freelance American Sign Language interpreter, there are various skills that go beyond just learning and knowing culture and language. Novice and experienced interpreters have learned that they may not be equipped with the necessary business strategies to function as a freelance/independent contract interpreter. The lack of information may be due to lack of material resources readily available or lack of specific instruction in Interpreter Training Programs. To ensure students and current working interpreters are exposed to this information, a professional development workshop was developed. This professional project was inspired by years of frustration, conversations with colleagues, personal trial and error, and this study’s pertinent data. Participants attending this workshop will explore efficient and ethical business practices used by professionals in the field. Topics covered include: marketing and social media, what invoice elements are necessary for billing, and a brief discussion about tax information. The workshop will also discuss helpful organizational systems, contract negotiating, and will touch on retirement and insurances. Much of the content for this workshop was gleaned from surveys sent to various groups in the interpreting field.

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Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

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Amanda Smith

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Vicki Darden

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Stacy Marsala


freelance interpreting, independent contract interpreting, self-employed sign language interpreting, sign language interpreting business, sign language interpreting taxes



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