Lesson 109: The introvert’s guide to translator conferences

Attending this year’s American Translators Conference in Chicago is (yes, still here as I’m writing this article) an amazing experience. The sheer number of attendees and size of the venue make it a one of a kind experience for me, an ATA newbie. I’ve heard rumours that there are over 1,800 translators and interpreters in the building, but during the…

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Lesson 105: Why should you invest in your freelance translation business?

The idea of investing in a freelance translation business very often ends on start-up costs. We take into account what we need to get properly set up, for example a computer, a chair, CAT tools, dictionaries, maybe a website, and off we go into the freelancing world. Later on we may need a software update or a training course, but…

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Lesson 102: Resources in a cloud-based translator’s office

As I hinted at in one of my previous blog posts, this summer has largely been dominated by three projects I worked on: the book, Negocia Vende Traduce and… my dissertation. Over the past few months or so I was looking at how freelancers incorporate technology in their work patterns and what are the underlying tech developments shaping these trends.…

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Lesson 97: Expert Level Bootcamp for Translators

If you’re following my blog and Facebook page, you must have noticed the Business School for Translators course I’m doing in partnership with eCPD Webinars. Following the encouragement of my students and graduates, we decided to put another course together: Expert Level Bootcamp for Translators. The whole idea behind the bootcamp is to spend a very intense week early in…

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Lesson 95: How to negotiate fees for translation projects?

In the previous article, I tried to convince you that negotiation should be a part of each new project coming in, but I also explained that negotiation is not about bargaining or getting the most out of the client. Just to reiterate, negotiation means arriving at a win-win situation for both parties. Right, but it still may sound daunting and…

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