When I discovered podcasts a few years ago, I said: “that is it! That is what I was looking for.”
Then podcasts became an essential part of my life. I listened to about 250 hours of audio episodes in the last two years!
Listening to podcasts can solve a real problem for you as a freelance translator.
You already know you need to attend a course or read books to improve your business, but you do not have time for that.
You are always busy; one day, you work in an urgent translation assignment, the next day, you need to finish your admin and invoicing work, then you may receive another translation assignment, and the loop continues again and again.
Listening can be an excellent solution for you in case you do not have time to study courses or read books.
In this article, I will let you know what types of podcasts you need to listen to if you like to improve your freelance translation business. But first, let me answer a question.
Why Do Freelance Translators Need to Listen to Podcasts?
There are three reasons why I think you need to listen to podcasts. Here they are:
There are Three Types of Podcasts That Freelance Translators Should Listen to
The list below is not exclusive; I change the names and types of the podcasts I listen to every 3-4 months. It all depends on what I want to learn about.
But there are general types of podcasts I listen to regularly.
Type #1: General Business Podcasts
Podcasts that talk about business can help you run your translation business better. Also, you can learn from the failures and successes of others. But remember, you are unique and need to run your translation business your way.
Type #2: Marketing Advice Podcasts:
As marketing is essential for any successful translation business, you need to learn more about the different marketing strategies you can use. Try to listen to podcasts that focus on B2B marketing, as these are more related to our business as translators.
Type #3: Translation-Related Podcasts:
Of course, you cannot ignore podcasts that are related to the translation and localization industry. There are a few of them. Below is a list of my favorite podcasts in our space.
Recommended Mobile Apps to Listen to Podcasts:
If you like to become a podcast junkie like me, you need to install a mobile application for podcasts. These are my favorite ones:
For Android users: you can use Podcast Addict application. This is a fantastic one. It has a powerful search feature that makes me miss my Android phone very badly.
For iPhone users: you can use the Stitcher application. I use this personally. You can set a limit for the downloads coming from podcasts and has a nice interface.
If you do not have time to attend courses or read books, podcasts can be a real help for you. Subscribe to your favorite podcasts and make your smartphone work for you. This can be a life-changing learning experience.
Comment below and let me know what you think about using podcasts instead of books and/or courses.