Focus on a few expertise areas!
ninadepalma So I'm going to focus on developing strong subject-area knowledge of my source language and building serious glossaries for my long-term direct clients.
I totally agree with this, being excellent at one field would be a must for succeeding as a freelance translator, I figure. I am new at this as well, so I am working on building those expertise!
I have noticed that I have nearly reached the limit of my hourly income with one of my clients. All the textx are very similar and it gets quite repetitive, so increasing my income here would really require getting to know my CAT tool better and learning how to type faster.
About other skills: project management and treating the client professionally, AND, of course, excellent translation skills.