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Jared Tabor

Jared oversees Member services at ProZ.com. An ex-language teacher, he has lived and worked in Argentina since 1996. He has been with ProZ.com through the La Plata office since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter, @taboredinc .
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Interview: Tees for Translators with Stefanie Sendelbach

September 7, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in fun

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Stefanie Sendelbach is an English and Portuguese to German translator specializing in marketing and IT. She is a long-time member of ProZ.com and a part of the Certified PRO Network.

Stefanie is also the creator of Tees for Translators, which showcases t-shirts designed with the translator, interpreter and language lover in mind.

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Finals open for translation contest "La sociedad transparente", cast your votes and help determine the winners

September 7, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translation contests

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The finals phase for the translation contest La sociedad transparente opens today. If you have not done so already, you can add your votes now to help determine the winners in the following language pairs:

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Who are 2018's most outstanding translation and interpreting professionals? You decide.

September 4, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator, interpreter, marketing for language professionals, networking

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Every year since 2013, the ProZ.com community choice awards are held to place a spotlight on language professionals who are active, influential or otherwise outstanding in various media, in both translation and interpreting. Nominees and winners are determined entirely by the ProZ.com community.

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ProZ.com members can now save 20% on books purchased at Routledge

August 27, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in professional development, membership, translator tools

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Through cooperation with the good folks at Routledge, ProZ.com members can now receive a 20% discount off their purchases of books at Routledge, along with free shipping. In addition, Routledge is offering a free chapter download from the book Being a Successful Interpreter by Jonathan Downie.

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Excellent synergy of TMS and CAT = BaccS + Memsource: Guest post by Jakov Milicevic

July 19, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in freelancer, translation company, project management, Translation Management Software, BaacS

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Once upon a time there were two translators, Jelena and Jakov. They decided to set up a boutique translation agency and named it Verbosari. Their goal was to provide a unique experience to clients requiring services in translation and localisation fields.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the beginning, our workflow was quite small since we had just a few clients. However, during the years, our reputation grew owing to our unique professional approach and impeccable quality of our work. It started to reflect in the growth of our business and we needed to do something to boost our efficiency and facilitate the whole process for our clients. We wanted to offer them a unique personalized approach by giving them full monitoring of the process, from the price quote to the final translation. The process is completely transparent and based on 5 steps: direct contact with the translator, a single PM, a personalized customer portal, involvement in the whole process and providing feedback.

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Celebrating ten years of translators and interpreters coming together in Cardiff

May 3, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator, interpreter, professional development, translation events, fun

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For those not familiar, a ProZ.com powwow is an informal, local get-together of language professionals. Any ProZ.com member can propose and organize a powwow in their area. Since 2001, thousands of powwows have been held around the world, in 110 countries.

So far, 454 powwows have been held in 63 cities in the UK, with 3,748 attendees total. At least 50 of those powwows have been organized by Victoria Burns and Alexandra Chapman. This May 5th, Alexandra and Victoria are celebrating 10 years of powwows in Cardiff by holding -- you guessed it -- another powwow!

I asked Alexandra and Victoria to talk a bit about how the Cardiff powwows got started, what the experience has been like, and what benefits they have been able to see from coming together in person with colleagues. Here is what they had to say:

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Amazon offers nine free works in translation (e-book format) until World Book Day

April 20, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator, literary translation

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World Book Day is April 23rd. To celebrate, Amazon is offering a selection of award-winning works from around the world, all of which have been translated to English, for free for Kindle. You can grab them between now and April 24th at https://www.amazon.com/article/read-the-world

(there may be geographical or other limits on who can get these books for free-- apparently they are free to US-based customers, and discounted in other regions)

Among the books, I spotted The Light of the Fireflies, by Paul Pen and translated by ProZ.com member Simon Bruni.

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Laugh your way through the rise of the machines with Mox the translator

March 25, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in freelancer, translator, fun

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If you've been working in translation a while, chances are you have run into Mox somewhere, if you don't already regularly follow his adventures in translation.

"Best method to increase your productivity", from mox.ingenierotraductor.com

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Log in to your ProZ.com account using your Google, LinkedIn, or Facebook credentials

March 24, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in profile, integrations

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In case you had not noticed, you can now log in to your ProZ.com account using your Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn credentials. The Google and Facebook options have already been announced here previously, in separate posts.

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Marketing for freelance translators and interpreters who hate marketing

March 23, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator, interpreter, marketing for language professionals

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A recent survey of freelancers centered around their marketing efforts showed some interesting finds:
  • 55% of freelancers spend 3 hours a week on their online marketing efforts
  • 51% of respondents considered marketing too time-consuming, and 41% felt marketing was too costly
  • 83% are investing financially in online marketing of some sort
  • 72% say they are spending less than but up to 100 USD a month in marketing (those who spend more than that report earning more)
  • The average survey respondent had reached their income goal within two years of starting out

The survey sample were some 2,000 US freelancers of all types, so it is reasonable to expect those numbers to be somewhat different if we narrow it down to translators and interpreters, expand the sample to other countries, or both.

One number in particular that caught my eye was the monthly investment in marketing. 100 USD a month sounded pretty steep to me, but maybe I'm wrong. 1,200 USD in freelancer marketing a year. Do you spend that much on your marketing? If so, drop me a line, I'd be very interested in hearing about it and if you find it to be a good investment.

If you are already a paying ProZ.com member, you are spending between 12 and 18 dollars a month on marketing through your membership, though you get all the rest of the tools and opportunities available along with it. It's a kind of marketing that is easy to do, what we'd call passive marketing.

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