Lesson 10: Service quality: working with SMEs for freelance translators

Meet John. John runs a successful local vintage clothes store and he wants to invest in his business. One of the steps John wants to take is to translate his online store and precious product descriptions into several languages. John doesn't want to give this job to an agency, that's why he tries to find reliable freelancers to work with.…

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Lesson 9: Dear freelance translators, never bury your talents

Dear freelance translators, I planned to write this post in 3 days time, but I've underestimated the power of Twitter again. I'll start with a background story. For some time now, apart from translating, I have also been working with some translators (hi!) to help them establish their freelance businesses. It involved working on their branding, marketing and websites. I…

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Lesson 8: 8 weird opinions on translators and how to educate the public

"Lay people" tend to have a whole lot of weird, unsubstantiated and simply harmful opinions on translators. Taken away all wrongful misconceptions (like earning much for not doing anything, etc.) there's still plenty of myths about translators that you can come across. Those listed below are taken from my own experience: believe it or not, at some point of my…

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Lesson 7: 10 managerial skills for freelance translators

So you thought you're going to be a freelancer and you'll be free from any managerial stuff? Is this why you left your full-time job? Well, bad news today. Every freelance translator is a manager. Have a look at this list of managerial skills and audit your own staff! 1. Relevant professional knowledge You have to know your stuff better…

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