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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 assess 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 posted in freelancer, translation company, membership, business membership, jobs, ProZ.com membership, language industry, LSP

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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 freelancer, translation company, membership, business membership, ProZ.com membership

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Options are available to purchase membership at ProZ.com through local payment contacts in 22 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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Are you receiving language job notifications via ProZ.com?

January 21, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in jobs, ProZ.com membership, facebook, email, notifications

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Did you know you can set preferences on language jobs related emails in all sorts of ways, to make your experience with ProZ.com better serve your needs? Interesting and lucrative opportunities from language companies and end clients are posted as jobs hundreds of times each day.

Many users set their email preferences at ProZ.com and forget them. 

This post is your reminder. If you want to know about jobs posted in your language pairs, translation jobs, interpreting jobs, specialties, working fields and interest fields, make sure that you are set to receive jobs notifications.

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Guest post: How to become a game translator by Seweryn Kulak of Poland

January 17, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in pools, game localization, game localizers, ProZ.com membership

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This guest post was written by ProZ.com professional member Seweryn Kułak for aspiring game translators in Poland. He has translated it into English for publishing at ProZ.com.

The "gaming" industry is gaining momentum every year and is becoming more and more popular. New technologies and software and many others have significantly improved this process - On Steam alone in 2018, 9050 games were released (for comparison, in 2008 it was only 183).

We can easily see that computer games are gaining popularity every year. Unfortunately, most of them are published in English (for obvious reasons).

And this is where the computer games translator comes in. For people who know foreign languages and spend a few hours a day in front of the monitor screen, it would seem like a dream job.

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On-demand interpreter Carlos Rocha de la Rosa connects for work from the Dominican Republic

October 23, 2019 / by Mike Donlin posted in interpreter, ProZ Pay™

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Carlos Rocha de la Rosa is an expert Spanish interpreter/translator who resides in the Dominican Republic. He has been a top performing interpreter for on-demand interpreting assignments via ProZ.com's partnership with Boostlingo. As part of the interpreter network, he receives payments from the ProZ*Pay platform.

He took a few minutes to answer some questions, and show us the ultimate remote interpreter home office.

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How to use PayPal for individual ProZ*Pay payments

July 30, 2019 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translation company, payments, payoneer, ProZ Pay™, PayPal

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Do you find that when you try to pay a freelancer with PayPal, they can't accept it? ProZ*Pay offers you the option to fund your payment with PayPal while the recipient receives payment in the way they prefer.

Funding an individual payment with PayPal can be completed immediately through ProZ*Pay.


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Outsourcers see ProZ*Pay links to help clear Blue Board non-payment reports

July 25, 2019 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, ProZ Pay™, business page, Blue Board

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The ProZ.com Blue Board has been an important risk management tool for language service providers since 2001. It provides language professionals a place to give feedback on the likelihood of working again with an outsourcer.

Most entries highlight positive relationships. ProZ.com is a place where companies and language service providers meet and engage in good-faith transactions.

It is also a place to report negatively when payment has not been received. Cases of non-payment are taken seriously at ProZ.com.

When non-payment reports are made, outsourcers now see a link to ProZ*Pay where a payment may be made immediately.

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Pages are for businesses, profiles for individuals

May 19, 2019 / by Mike Donlin posted in profile, translation company, directory, business membership, business page

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ProZ.com recently added business pages to the platform. This change brings ProZ.com more in line with similar platforms where businesses are displayed differently from employees.

So from now on at ProZ.com, profiles are for people, pages are for businesses.

This might be new to some businesses whose company identity was often shared among many employees. Every employee is now invited to build their own profile, for a unique identity. Each confirmed employee will also be able to perform actions on behalf of the business.  

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