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Klotski Translations - Marta Leigh

Challenging your own fears and psychological barriers. As a woman and a foreigner who came to the UK with one suitcase, I had to work really hard to fight various obstacles, some might have been very real, but the others were in my head.
Klotski Translations - Marta Leigh

Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in language education but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Marta Leigh, Managing Director of Klotski Translations Ltd., located in Exeter, Devon, UK.

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

My business Klotski Translations Ltd., came about in 2020 during the pandemic. At that point, I had been working as a self-employed Polish-English interpreter and translator as well as interpreting and translation tutor on a freelance basis, but I felt that a company came with a certain degree of credibility and prestige and would allow me to grow further. I purposefully chose the name 'Klotski' - an English name of Polish origin that describes a sliding block puzzle. I felt that people were 'puzzled' by Polish, and my goal was to help them communicate.

Tell us about yourself

I have been working as an interpreter and translator for over 15 years now; now, I also train students and help them become professional interpreters and translators. When I came to study in the UK, I never thought that interpreting and translation would become my passion. But, like many things in life, I serendipitously discovered what I was really good at. Later on, I also find joy in sharing my knowledge and experience with others. I want to see my students progress and develop into professional linguists. I really enjoy the linguistic and cultural aspects of my work; I also love the flexibility it gives me to work around my family life and other commitments. Finally, I really like learning; I never stop as I feel that you can always be better at what you are doing, more professional, you can become an expert, and that way, you will stand out.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Being able to be successful on my own terms. Being able to choose people I work with. Ability to have a healthy work-life balance.

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

Challenging your own fears and psychological barriers. As a woman and a foreigner who came to the UK with one suitcase, I had to work really hard to fight various obstacles, some might have been very real, but the others were in my head.

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

  1. Surround yourself with professionals. If at all possible, delegate certain tasks to people who know better how to do them (such as building a website, managing your accounts, etc.) I know it is not always possible, especially at the beginning of your journey, but as you grow, focus your time and energy on doing what you are doing best. Don't spread yourself too thin. Focus on your niche and trust other professionals to do their part. They will save you time.
  2. Invest in your learning and continuous development. Focus on high-quality products or services, which, in return, will allow you to charge more. People are willing to pay for quality.
  3. Do not sell yourself cheap. Don't focus on being the cheapest; instead – be the best!

Where can people find you and your business?

Website: https://klotskitranslations.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/klotskitranslations
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marta-leigh-klotski-translations/


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