Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in freelancing but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Valerii Fomenko, a translator based in Besançon, France.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I provide translation services helping my clients to reach Russian and Ukrainian-speaking audiences. I've successfully translated various documents for such big companies and popular projects as:

  • Phemex Exchange (
  • Zilliqa (
  • Paybis (
  • HP LIFE (
  • KFC Russia (
  • Tedee (
  • Emanuel Pastreich presidential campaign and others

Tell us about yourself

The way I see it, if there is something you are really good at, you should just keep on working in this field, and you'll become successful. That's just what I am doing every day, and my desire for perfectionism doesn't go unnoticed, culminating in bigger projects for high-profile clients.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Every day brings new accomplishments. Among them - getting a Top Rated Plus badge on UpWork, which allows me to represent the top 3% of performers in the largest online workplace.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

You are your own boss, which means not only working whenever you want and taking as much workload as you wish, but you are also in charge of looking for new clients and keeping an impeccable reputation. A huge responsibility but also a huge opportunity.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Be confident.
  2. Work hard.
  3. Respect your clients.

Where can people find you and your business?


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