If you do mainly freelance or educational interpreting during the school year and freelance in the summer or VRS and have an Etsy store or…
You should really consider sitting down with a financial planner and a CPA.
It costs money.
Its also worth it. Specifically with all the changes in the tax code that are dropping on folks like like an apartment would if revisions in the building codes happen the same way the Trump tax cuts did (the very wealth would be fine. The rest of us would get crushed).
The amount you can save usually more than makes up for the up-front costs.
But you have to remember finding the right CPA or financial planner is like finding the right counselor or doctor or lawyer.
You have to play the field. One date is not a relationship.
If you have a CPA and you don’t feel they are working hard enough in your best interest then break-up and find someone new. See other people and don’t settle for less than you deserve.
When you find the one you really like, the one that works for you, then swipe right.
Famous last words:
1. (Legal Interpreting) “Can I borrow the interpreter for just a quick second…”
2. (Freelance Interpreting) “When you’re finished can you run quick to another appointment? It’s not far and shouldn’t take long…”
3. (VRS Interpreting) Welcome to the Social Security Administration… (well, the last words you’ll hear this shift anyway.)
VRI Interpreters! If you can put on pants and maybe, I don’t know, shower-even when you don’t need to (because seriously! Who would ever know)-then maybe VRI is for you!
Like a Drone pilot, VRI Interpreters sit in a room with the power over life and death hundreds or even thousands of miles away (but unlike a Drone pilot “life” is really what you are going for).
VRI! Sure VRI is a two dimensional presentation of a three dimensional language, but let’s not get bougie and start demanding ALL the dimensions. Ok?
K-12 Interpreters! Didn’t get enough of paste and social studies the first time around? Is the smell of socially awkward pre-teen your jam? Then maybe you have what it takes to make it in the moderately paced world of K-12 interpreting!
For the low, low price of the paycheck they offer you, you too can bring home every cough or sniffle from that Victorian TB ward of a classroom-the upside being you may be too sick to wade through the dreaded unit on Ethan Frome… AGAIN (stop looking longingly at sleds).
K-12 interpreting: you may not get money or respect, but at least there’s angst.
VRS Interpreters! Enjoy the tomb-like security that only a cubicle can bring. Yes, for the simple price of a regular paycheck (and lack of exposure to any natural light) you too can spend your days on hold with the Social Security Administration and your nights making bootie calls, all from the claustrophobic comfort of your cubicle. Hazzah!
Interpreters! Enjoy the liberation that comes only from being your own boss! You can choose to work any 22 hours out of the day you want!
Yes! You have the freedom to choose the 154 hours you will work each week. No one can tell you which 154-that is for you to decide! It’s all up to you! That’s independence!
You say the fourth grader you interpret for is ignoring you?
How many of these kids are hanging on every word the teacher says?
You are interpreting for a very normal elementary school kid.