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Best time to send an email for more freelancer business

July 23, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, jobs

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As a freelancer, personal business development is key to improving your business model and increasing your client load. However, with the past year's restrictions on in-person meetings, it can be harder to pitch your services when you don't get to speak with someone face to face.

So, how can you entice prospective clients?



Email, of course. Unfortunately, getting someone to open, let alone read, your email can be challenging. You need to utilize high-quality email practices, and here is how you do it.

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7 questions from the first Video Game Localization Meetup answered

July 21, 2021 / by Rocío Tempone posted in freelancer, fun, networking, game localization, games, game localizers, events, ProZ.com, translation industry, language industry, audiovisual translation, meetups

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Last year, ProZ.com launched a new service called Meetups for members to engage in online networking during this new normal where networking in person became nearly impossible. 

This year,  ProZ.com teamed up with Terra Localizations to bring you a series of Meetups about game localization. Divided in six levels, the first one —open to members and non-members took place on June 24.

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Translation Postcards: Elżbieta Dubois in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France

July 5, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Who needs an alarm clock when you have screeching seagulls to do the job? Especially in summer, when the influx of food-bearing tourists attracts flocks in search of tasty tidbits. But your auditory senses are not the only ones assailed in the little seaside town of Courseulles-sur-Mer in Normandy, northwestern France. When the tide is low, the air is rich with the smell of fish, seafood, weeds and salt, flooding in the moment you open the window…

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ProZ.com 101: a glimpse of the translation workplace

June 22, 2021 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, translator, jobs, payments, networking, translation, ProZ.com, community, language industry, rates, direct clients

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Are you new to the translation industry? Would you like to work as a translator, but you are unsure about how to get started? Do you have questions about ProZ.com, the platform, the community, the tools available? Then this post is for you. Just keep the following in mind, and you'll find your way in the ProZ.com translation workplace in no time:

 

« ProZ.com is different than what you may be expecting »

 

The following questions and answers will show you why.


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How to answer job posts at ProZ.com

June 18, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, jobs, clients

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How do I answer job offers at ProZ.com? That question came up in the ProZ.com Facebook group recently and I'm borrowing the well-crafted answer from Lu Leszinsky to include on this blog.



Highlights:
1. Browse jobs that interest you
2. Confirm you meet quoting requirements
3. Click on submit quote

Where are the jobs?
When an outsourcer needs to hire for an open position or find talent to fill expected needs, jobs might be posted at ProZ.com. Language jobs posted to the world's largest community of freelance translators, interpreters, subtitlers and other language professionals are listed under a section called "Browse jobs" (to get there, mouse over the "Jobs & directories" option on the top menu, then click on "Browse jobs", or simply bookmark this link: https://www.proz.com/language-jobs).



Jobs listed in that page can be filtered by a number of criteria, including language pairs, fields, and word count.

Use the "Jobs where I meet the requirements" switch to filter jobs where you meet the criteria to submit a quote.

Make sure your profile includes necessary information
In order to be able to quote on a job, your profile information must match exactly the job's requirements.

So, for example, if you offer interpreting services, but you haven't reported "interpreting" in your profile as a service you offer, you won't be able to submit a quote.



In other words, it's not enough to offer a service or work in a given field. If that service or field (or software, credential, etc.) is not reported in your profile, the system has no way of knowing that you meet the job poster's needs, and so the "Submit quote" button will be disabled. You can update your Profile at any time here: https://www.proz.com/settings.

Submitting quotes
Job posters can choose to receive quotes in a number of ways, the most common ones are (1) online via ProZ.com, where you complete an online form with your rate, your proposed completion date, your message, etc. and the poster accesses your quote also online, and (2) via email, that is, if you meet the job's criteria, you are shown the poster's email address and you can use it to send your quote via email.

Other quoting methods include URL (the poster specifies a webpage where you can submit your quote), phone, fax and postal mail -- not so common these days though.

In sum, to quote on jobs, start by browsing jobs that may interest you, confirm that you meet quoting requirements (these are shown on the job and summarized at the top of job postings) and if you do, click on "Submit quote" to get started. If your quote is accepted, the job poster will let you know.

You may also find some useful information on this blog post on "How to write an effective job quote". 



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4 things a freelancer should do before a vacation

June 15, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, vacation

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As a freelancer, one of many benefits is the freedom that it allows. However, at one point or another, most freelancers fall into the trap of overworking themselves and feeling unable to take a vacation. The numerous benefits of taking time off have been well documented: relaxing, connecting with family, and giving ourselves that much-needed mental break. If you want to go on vacation but don't know where to start,  try taking these four steps.

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Translation Postcards: Bruna Bonatto in Santiago, Chile

June 14, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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It’s 480 years old and is one of the largest cities in the Americas. Santiago de Chile (St James of Chile), to give it its full name, was founded in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, and has been the capital since colonial times. With a downtown core of 19th-century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, dotted by art deco, neo-gothic, and other styles. Santiago's cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and also the soaring, if unimaginatively named, Gran Torre Santiago, the tallest skyscraper in Latin America.

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Why are CAT tools so important? Podcast with Ulrike Michiels

June 2, 2021 / by Helen Shepelenko posted in freelancer, training, translator tools, CAT tools

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Ulrike Michiels, Trados savvy professional trainer, joins Paul Urwin, the Head of ProZ.com Training, to discuss CAT tool basics. Ulrike explains what a CAT tool is and how using a CAT tool can help a translator to increase speed and improve consistency. She also explains what's included in the upcoming Trados workshop.

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Asking for public client feedback

May 25, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, Blue Board

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How often do you look at reviews before doing or buying something? Most of the time, right? Nearly everyone will investigate a business or product before making a purchase, including your freelance language services. Public feedback inspires trust via its transparency.

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Changing Places 4: Susan Ring, from Dublin to Berlin

May 24, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, ProZ.com, changing places

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What do you do when you’re a rebellious tomboy growing up in a conservative country dominated by the Catholic Church, with education run mostly by nuns and priests, 25% unemployment, the shadow of the Troubles looming further to the North, and a national tradition for exporting its people?

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Include your logo on freelancer invoices

May 17, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, membership, jobs, invoicing, ProZ.com membership

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Did you know that you can include a logo on invoices sent through ProZ.com? Adding a logo to the invoice is one way to personalize this ProZ.com membership tool for your needs.

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ProZ.com web widgets: giving clients a quick access to you

May 11, 2021 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in freelancer, profile, membership, marketing for language professionals, networking, clients, ProZ.com, Plus package, Blue Board, marketing, community, feedback, online presentation, follow, promotion, widget

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A web widget is an independent application that can be embedded into a web-page, blog, or profile on a social media site and that will enable the display of information (your client feedback) or the call for an action ("Follow me").

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Translation Postcards: Voula Pantsidou in Athens, Greece

May 10, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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As we’ve seen throughout our series of Translation Postcards, you can find translators in historic villages, towns and cities all over the world, but few of us live in a place that boasts over 3,400 years of recorded history.  Home to Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, Athens (Αθήνα) is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent, and in particular the Romans.

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Is your email inbox a to do list?

May 5, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer

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Is your email inbox kept as a to-do list? Often, people leave “to-do” emails in their inbox until they are completed. After completion, the email is categorized or deleted, thus removing it from the inbox.


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Changing Places 3: Mahdi Abdulbasit from Ethiopia to Egypt

May 3, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, ProZ.com, changing places

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Many are the reasons we change countries in the course of our lives. For the majority of us, those reasons are innocuous enough – we are drawn to different cultures, or climates, or lured by romance. And yet such life choices are sometimes far harder, as we’ll see in the case of translator and interpreter Mahdi Abdulbasit, who fled Ethiopia for Egypt in 2016.

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