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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Lesson 2: Do you know your translation clients?

You know what marketing is, don't you? Almost everyone linked to doing business knows some basic details or blurry definitions. Let's assume all marketing activities have one common goal: to attract potential clients. Freelance translators and translation agencies spend quite a chunk of time on devising marketing strategies and tactics, establishing their position and creating a huge WOW around their…

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Lesson 1: Introducing business skills for translators

Hello everyone. I would like to start today with introducing two interesting translators: Marta and Magda. They’ve been friends for years, share the same interests and went to the same school. Now they both live together and they are both decided to do their own businesses in translation. Everyone say hi to Marta and Magda! (just to make sure: these…

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