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Translation Postcards: Lina Berova in Munich, Germany

June 29, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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For someone who loves a combination of city life and natural beauty, Munich is perhaps the perfect place. But that wasn’t the impression Lina Berova first had of the city. Having moved aged 14 with her family to the town of Doebeln in Saxony, she visited Munich in 1998 to see her grandparents, who were already living there. She found it dark, cold and unfriendly…

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Watch the #LocNowAndFuture recordings on ProZ.com/TV

June 24, 2020 / by Rocío Tempone posted in video, freelancer, translation company, translation events, conference, networking, translation, translation industry, language industry, COVID-19, translation agency

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On June 15, ProZ.com/TV hosted the first #LocNowAndFuture, a virtual event centered around the changes COVID-19 has brought and the challenges that will arise in the localization sector in this “new normal”.

 

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Video: ProZ.com membership benefits

June 18, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in video, freelancer, profile, directory, membership, translator tools, networking, ProZ.com membership, online presentation

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Professional membership puts ProZ.com to work for you as a marketing tool that helps freelancers connect with outsourcers - even when you are not working.

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The importance of taking the time to create a great professional profile

June 10, 2020 / by Mariano Marchesini posted in freelancer, profile, professional development, directory, infographic, marketing for language professionals, ProZ.com, SEO, online presentation

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As a freelancer looking for opportunities on ProZ.com, your professional profile is your most important tool —but you may not know it yet! Here are some ideas to take your profile from good to great, and attract clients' attention at a higher rate.

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Translation Postcards: Dhanashri Bhate in Pune, India

June 8, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Milk delivery vans driving by in the early mornings. The thud of newspapers being flung across the fence. The roar of school buses thundering past. Elderly people chanting stotras (hymns of praise) on their morning walks, or with transistors pressed to their ears. Not to mention the speakers blaring out loud music during the many religious festivals. Silence and solitude are rare commodities in India – there’s always someone round the corner, and there’s always hundreds of sounds filling the air.

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Translation Postcards: Ilse Heyrman in Rome, Italy

June 2, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Coffee, style, history, fare bella figura, fine dining and excellent wine, art on every corner, winding shady streets, palaces and fountains. Beauty everywhere you look, and above all, light. There’s a moment, just before sunset, when the light in Rome becomes golden. More than a mere sunset, the air itself takes on a different hue, and bathes everything it touches in shades ranging from pearl to amber.

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Translation Postcards: Joshua Parker in Ensenada, Mexico

May 26, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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The first thing that hits you is the colour. There’s just so much of it about. Just imagine: one day you wake up and suddenly realise your house or business would look better in lime green and shocking pink. Well, there’s nothing stopping you. Meanwhile in this kaleidoscopic town, the kerbs are painted yellow, red, green and blue to denote different parking zones. It’s quite a shock if you’ve just arrived from grey Brittany in the northwest of France, where your parents had an alpaca farm. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…

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What are the challenges of working with direct clients?

May 24, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, directory, membership, translation industry, facebook, marketing, rates, finances, direct clients

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Editor's note: This blog post was written by Andrew Morris - and posted as part of the Translators and Interpreters (ProZ.com) group on Facebook. It has been edited for use here. Direct clients also might be known as end clients or end customers. They provide language work directly to the translator without use of an agency, LSP or other intermediary.
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What are the benefits of working with direct clients?

May 19, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, directory, membership, translation industry, facebook, marketing, rates, finances, direct clients

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Editor's note: This blog post was written by Andrew Morris - and posted as part of the Translators and Interpreters (ProZ.com) group on Facebook. It has been edited for use here. Direct clients also might be known as end clients or end customers. They provide language work directly to the translator without use of an agency, LSP or other intermediary. 
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Translation Postcards: Nikola Ivanov in Sofia, Bulgaria

May 18, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Sofia is full of unexpected surprises. Today’s city of 1.68 million people was but a small town of 11,000 when Bulgaria became independent in 1878, after 500 years of Ottoman rule, and the presence of a colossal quartet of Orthodox church, Catholic cathedral, mosque and synagogue in the centre bears silent witness to its colourful history as a crossroads of cultures, with a reputation for tolerance.

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Translation Postcards: Bonita Kapitany in British Columbia, Canada

May 11, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Two owls strike up a conversation on either side of the house – an altogether gentler sound than the honking of Canada geese flying overhead as they prepare to land in a nearby lake. In the distance there’s the faint buzz of a neighbour’s chainsaw, while the rumbling of a passing truck or train is carried by the wind from far below. But mostly, you hear the sound of the wind itself, whispering in the trees, but at times whipped up into a howling frenzy, accompanied by a chorus of yipping coyotes. Otherwise, all is absolute silence.

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Translation Postcards: Marlys Estrada in Cardenas, Cuba

May 4, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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It’s early morning. You wake up to the smell of newly baked bread, and the cries of peddlers hawking their merchandise. Living right on the edge of the official economy, they ply the streets on foot or by bike, laden with bags or wooden boxes containing anything that’s worth selling. “Fresh garlic and onion!”, “Clothespegs, brooms and mops!”, “Bleach!” and “Mattress Mender” are among the most common cries.

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Join weekly Thinking Out Loud virtual powwow every Thursday

April 21, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, training, Powwow, translator tools

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The weekly "Thinking Out Loud" virtual powwow is brought to you by Andrew Morris for ProZ.com, every Thursday at 3pm CEST (1pm GMT). Morris moderates ProZ.com Facebook group is a French to English translator, Translation Mastermind founder, and has a language agency with 40+ direct clients.

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My client still hasn't paid me! What now? —Part 2

April 12, 2020 / by Andrea Capuselli posted in freelancer, jobs, payments, invoicing, Blue Board, ProZ*Pay

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This post is Part 2 of a two-part guide on how to deal with non-payment issues.
If you haven't read it yet, find Part 1 here.

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CafeTran CAT tool available to all paying members during pandemic

April 12, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, membership, translator tools, CAT tools, COVID-19, CafeTran

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Now, and during the Covid-19 pandemic, CafeTran is available in its unlimited version to all ProZ.com paying members, regardless of membership level.

Many thanks go out to Igor at CafeTran for agreeing to make this benefit available to all members. The ProZ.com site team hopes that access to this program will be of use to those who are looking for a CAT tool now.

If you are just getting into translation, or find yourself looking for a new CAT tool at the moment, you may want to consider CafeTran.

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