She made Millions with Languages!!!!!

17 Apr

TransPerfect is one of the five largest language service companies in the world with estimated revenues at about $225 million. The company which also includes Translations employs 250 full-time staffers and 4,000 subcontractors, with 31 offices worldwide offering translation services.

Founder Elizabeth Elting explains how she got started in an interview with Pink Magazine.

“We basically started with zero money. We didn’t even have a computer. We rented one for $40 a month. We had no office space, no employees. We used a credit card for a few thousand dollars, but that was it. And the moment a check came in, we would run to the bank so we could pay our linguists. Our first goal was to be in an affordable office in six months – which we did. After a year and a half we hired our first employee, and two years later we moved into the office complex we’re in now. Then we started opening offices around the world. In the beginning we hired subcontractors and focused on quality control by hiring an outside translator, editor and proofreader for each project. In the beginning, we took a very aggressive approach to sales. Every day we made hundreds of phone calls and sent out hundreds of letters. We took it one client at a time and one project at a time. To grow at this point we still do the same thing, even though 97 percent of our projects come from repeat business and referrals”.

Elting has received numerous awards including Working Woman Magazine’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for Customer Service, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Inc. 500 Award, and the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 Award four times. She was also named Woman of the Year by American Express and Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2006 and 2007, TransPerfect was named one of the largest privately-held companies by Crain’s New York Business.

You can read more about Elizabeth and her accomplishments at


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