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6 email tips for connecting with translation agencies

April 8, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, translator, freelancer, training, training, marketing for language professionals, translation

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As a language professional, do everything you can to boost your chances of success. Here's a short video from director of training Paul Urwin with some tips for connecting with translation agencies via email.

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Proposing milestones to your freelance clients

April 6, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator

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Have you heard of project milestones? As a freelancer, you have likely come across this term but may not have yet implemented it into your project management systems.

Long-term projects need milestones. They help the freelancer stay on track and also make sure that you are getting paid along the way.


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How to schedule your freelancing day

March 30, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator

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One of the beautiful aspects of being a freelancer is freedom. You get to choose your schedule, your workplace, your clients, and more.

However, the sudden switch to complete freedom often leads freelancers to an unorganized and unproductive work schedule. Here are some suggestions for how to schedule your freelancing day.

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8 freelancer profile photo tips

March 23, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, photo

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If you are a freelancer, you must choose a freelancer profile photo. It is a big decision to make as it is one of the primary draws to your freelancer profile. Your photo must inspire trust and professionalism to entice high-quality clients.

Here are 8 freelancer profile photo tips to help you make the right photo choice.

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Paying your crowd, how to pay crowdsourced freelancers quickly

March 2, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, business membership, payments, ProZ*Pay

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Your business opportunities require the services of language professionals across many languages from many different countries. Features exist at ProZ.com and other freelancer platforms for you and your vendor managers to quickly recruit many freelancers for your job in translation, interpreting, subtitling, transcription and more. Your project managers may deploy these tools to recruit talent to complete the work.

How will you pay this crowd of freelancers? 


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How the overpayment scam works on freelancers

February 16, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, jobs, payments, Blue Board, language industry, risk management

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The overpayment scam may be the most active scam affecting online freelancers. This scheme is very simple, and many are entrapped with it.

You are offered a job with part of the payment coming in advance, but the scammer sends you a larger than agreed upon payment and asks for a partial refund. Or, a payment is made in advance and then the project is unexpectedly canceled.

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Strategies to stand out on freelancer websites

February 9, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile

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There are millions of freelancers out there, and over 1 million registered at ProZ.com, likely with thousands within your language pairs; how can you compete? One of the top methods successful freelancers use to create a viable business is by creating a standout profile on freelancer websites. 

How do they do this? Here are some strategies for standing out from the crowd.

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Students can be freelancers too

February 2, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, jobs, students

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Are you a student looking for a way to earn money while you go to school? Many students choose to take on a part-time job or paid internship. It is important to ask, besides money, are you actually gaining anything? Often, part-time jobs have nothing to do with your degree, and internships just mean endless grunt work. There is a different option; you can work as a freelancer.

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Freelancers need to set your payment terms

January 27, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, interpreter, payments, invoicing, ProZ*Pay

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As a freelancer, one of the most joyous parts of the month is getting paid. However, when you work for yourself, it can get a little more complicated than just cashing a monthly check. Here are our strategies for how and when to get paid as a freelancer as well as how to set payment terms.

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Have you subscribed to the ProZ.com podcast?

January 21, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, staff, podcast

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Have you added podcasts as a way to pass the time, or for targeted personal growth this year? If you have not done so already, I would suggest subscribing to the ProZ.com podcast hosted by head of training Paul Urwin.

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Are you successful as a professional?

January 15, 2021 / by Mike Donlin

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This blog post recaps a series of posts from Andrew Morris in the Translators & Interpreters (ProZ.com) facebook group.

A simple question. Unpack it or comment as you will. But all I’m going to ask for now is: 

Are you successful as a professional?

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Get these 3 friends to review your professional profile

January 14, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, translator, jobs

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How much time have you spent improving your profile? Being critical of yourself it not easy for everyone. Do you need help? Get 3 friends to review your profile, but choose 3 different kinds of friends to review your profile to get more results. Find a friend in the language industry, a friend who hires people in any line of work, and a friend who loves you no matter what.

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How freelancers bank without a home

January 13, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, payments, PayPal, ProZ*Pay

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Are you a freelancer constantly on the move? In a world where living as a digital nomad is becoming more and more common, it leaves us wondering how to transition from a traditional lifestyle to one unencumbered by physical boundaries. 

One of the largest concerns is financing; how do freelancers bank without a home? Let's discuss how freelancers can bank while on the move.

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3 ways ProZ.com can help with your New Year's resolutions

January 5, 2021 / by Mike Donlin

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Did you make any resolutions for the new year? Maybe you established some personal goals for yourself in 2021. I've got three ways ProZ.com can help with your resolutions in the new year - take the time to promote yourself, start learning today, and send your invoices on time.

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Goodbye 2020! See top 10 ProZ.com blog posts this year

December 25, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in profile, translator, translator tools, translation, COVID-19, kudoz

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Of the 150 blog posts written by ProZ.com site staff in 2020, it is only fitting that a blog post about the disease that defined 2020, COVID-19, topped the list of most read blog posts. Other popular posts included those about how to position yourself for jobs, ways to improve profiles, explanations of some site features and the most popular from the translation postcard series.

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