Ok so it’s not really a secret but it’s not something I talk about openly on my blog either.
Before I started out in the translation industry, I did some wedding coordinating. It enabled me to get out of the house, meet some people, and get paid (fairly well) to do some of the other, non-linguistic things that I enjoy doing in life (i.e. coordinating, event planning and working with others.)
Well, things are not slowing down with the weddings, especially with spring/summer season around the corner: I actually have 7 weddings booked between April and July alone (for now!) I enjoy it, and still leaves me enough time to build my translation and interpreting business during the week. I feel weird for keeping these two professional identities so separate but I fear as though the general perception out there would be: “how could one person have two, such different businesses and be good in both?” And I obviously want to be taken seriously in both fields.
But after thinking about it, I realized that they actually complement one another. Working weddings on the side means that I do not have to accept all of the low paid translation jobs that I keep getting offers for. It also means that I meet a lot of brides, grooms, vendors, families from all kinds of backgrounds who all know that I am a translator by week. Both translating and wedding coordinating require a great deal of detail orientation, but while one requires that I dress up nice, do my hair and make-up and be on my feet for 10 straight hours, the other allows me to work on the couch in my yoga pants with my dogs by my feet!
My problem at this point is that I have two separate twitter accounts, two separate blogs and wonder if it would be better to somehow “merge” these two businesses. The bigger problem is that I wonder if I’m missing out on valuable audience exposure. If someone from my translation followers needed a wedding coordinator, they would not know to call me at this point.
So my question is: should I merge these two together? Do you think I’d lose credibility? How would I merge these two businesses given that they are in such different fields? Am I just due for a new business name that somehow encompasses the two? Any ideas for new business names?
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!
PS: in case you’re curious, here is my wedding blog.