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COVID-19 related jobs can be tagged for language job postings

April 1, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, translator, translation company, business membership, jobs, COVID-19

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A jobs checkbox on ProZ.com with a new COVID-19 tag now enables job posters to tag their jobs as "Covid-19" and service providers to filter Covid-19 jobs. Many job posters are already using this option to connect with some of the 1 million language professionals at ProZ.com.

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Use updated calculator to determine your freelancing rates

March 30, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator tools, rates, finances

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More than ten years ago, ProZ.com released an online rates calculator designed to help you determine the minimum rates required to meet your objectives. Together with forum discussionsthe record of average rates reported by the community, and other useful resources such as the the article "Determining your rates and fees as a translator", the rates calculator has proved to be very helpful in answering one of the questions asked more frequently by freelance language professionals: what rates should I charge for...?

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Create, send and track your invoices online

March 26, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in payments, clients, invoicing, finances, ProZ*Pay

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Have you recently completed a job? Do you need to send your client an invoice? At ProZ.com, it is easy to create, send and track your invoices online through the invoicing tool. 

Membership allows you to create as many invoices as needed. Non-members are afforded five invoices to try out the platform.

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Meeting clients webinar provides winning strategies to get most from site

March 16, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, training, jobs

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ProZ.com offers a free webinar on meeting clients. The webinar is offered to help members get the most out of the tools available through the site. Attend an upcoming webinar to get the most out of ProZ.com and meet more clients.

The “Meeting clients at ProZ.com” webinar is moderated by María Florencia Vita  of ProZ.com. It is part of the training available at ProZ.com.

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How to subscribe to ProZ.com blog updates via email

March 8, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translation company, marketing, email

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Should you publish rates in your profile?

February 25, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, rates

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As a freelancer at ProZ.com, you have the option to include rates. Some do, some do not.

In a previous Facebook group discussion, Andrew Morris suggested that he always preferred not to in the early days when seeking out new clients all the time, because some clients surprise you by offering you more than you’d have naturally stated.

That seems like a simple explanation for one side of the debate.

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Does your profile reflect the translator you are today?

February 23, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, jobs, language industry

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It’s vital to inhabit the right mindset as a freelancer, which includes both the story we tell ourselves, and the emotional state we inhabit. But none of that means we don’t have to have the core skills to do the job, day in day out, or the strategies to get the word out and begin to interact with clients.

Whether that’s in your website, your marketing, your social media pronouncements, or your attendance at trade fairs and industry conferences… the list goes on.

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Six ways to qualify new outsourcers

February 20, 2020 / by Mike Donlin

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ProZ.com has experienced 20 years of success as the largest, most trusted online community where language professionals can freely form transparent and open working relationships. For these relationships to continue, there are important basics for freelancers to remember when being approached by an outsourcer.

An outsourcer in this case is one who obtains services from an external, rather than internal source. A freelancer may also call this outsourcer a client, or their customer. The person or business providing the work is referred here as an outsourcer.

Remembering these 6 basic ways to qualify new outsourcers will save any language professional plenty of immediate and long-term trouble. 

 

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To win jobs online—specialize!

February 17, 2020 / by Mike Donlin

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Editor's note: This blog post was published by ProZ.com founder Henry Dotterer over 15 years ago (December 19, 2004) as part of the ProZ.com Translation Article Knowledgebase. There are some minor edits made here based on the platform's evolution. Does it still apply today? I think so. 

 

 

Fact: Clients rarely go looking for good all-around translators. They almost always search for translators whose skills match perfectly with the job they have in hand.

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Membership allows for direct, commission-free access to translators and translation companies

February 16, 2020 / by Mike Donlin

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ProZ.com's unique membership model means that when outsourcers and service providers connect via ProZ.com, neither side is charged any commissions or fees. Meet a client or provider, and the relationship is yours, unencumbered, forever. What does this mean?

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How the language community is responding to California Assembly Bill 5

February 12, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, jobs, language industry

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California Assembly Bill 5 took effect on January 1, 2020 and holds that most workers are employees - not freelancers. This has started to impact the gig economy and the language industry's translators and interpreters.

The statute (AB5) was signed into law by California governor Gavin Newsom in September 2019 and took effect on January 1, 2020. While initial coverage focused on freelance drivers for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, its impact has been felt across many industries including language professionals.

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Is 'Parasite' interpreter Sharon Choi registered at ProZ.com?

February 10, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, interpreter, membership, language industry

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Last night, the film Parasite became the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture at the Oscars. It won 4 awards in total. The wins resulted in plenty of screen time in front of a worldwide audience for interpreter Sharon Choi. But does she have a profile at ProZ.com?

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A ProZ.com overview: Some of the site's most popular features

February 6, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, language jobs, professional development, directory, jobs, ProZ.com, Blue Board

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Serving the world's largest community of translators, ProZ.com delivers a comprehensive network of essential services, resources and experiences that enhance the lives of its members. What are some of the site's most popular features?

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Get ProZ.com membership through local contacts in local currency

January 29, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in business membership, ProZ.com membership

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Options are available to purchase membership at ProZ.com through local payment contacts in 21 different countries. This means you or your business can benefit from ProZ.com membership by purchasing in your currency in a way that might be more effective for you.

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Success Series presenter Paul Urwin joins ProZ.com as Training Development Coordinator

January 25, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in training

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We have some great news to announce!

Paul Urwin, the man behind some of the excellent training webinars you've recently enjoyed on ProZ.com/TV, and known to his friends as the Man with the Golden Voice, has just joined ProZ.com as our Training Development Coordinator.
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