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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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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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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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Interpreter Network: application fast track for APCiTG interpreters

March 17, 2021 / by Enrique posted in freelancer, language jobs, interpreter, jobs, ProZ.com Interpreter Network, interpreting

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The ProZ.com Interpreter Network -the pool of pre-screened professional interpreters- continues to grow with new interpreters joining every day 🚀

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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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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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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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The ProZ.com 2020 annual report is out

December 22, 2020 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in translator, professional development, directory, jobs, events, translation, facebook, language industry, education

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ProZ.com annual reports give progress updates to ProZ.com members on accomplishments, improvements and new developments made on the site.

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Blue Board Applications: a way to grow your business

December 3, 2020 / by Rocío Tempone posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, translation company, jobs, ProZ.com, translation agency

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Are you a translation agency or LSP looking to expand your pool of service providers for future projects? Or a freelancer who wants to get their name out there and be contacted by potential new clients? ProZ.com applications may be what you are looking for.

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Interpreters that get the job done and more discussed in latest ProZ.com podcast

November 19, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in translator, interpreter, training, jobs, games, podcast

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The latest ProZ.com podcast episode features Dr. Jonathan Downie's conversation with with ProZ.com head of training Paul Urwin around topical issues for interpreters.

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How skill stacking can help you provide complete service to clients [video]

October 27, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, training, jobs, ProZTV

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In the recent International Translation Day event at ProZ.com, Daniel Coria took part in a "How to get more clients" panel (along with Martina Russo and Stephen Rifkind). One concept that Coria mentioned, that of "skill stacking", definitely struck a chord with ProZ.com Head of Training Paul Urwin.

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Get the best match with ProZ Find

August 31, 2020 / by Rocío Tempone posted in translation company, business membership, jobs, ProZ Find, search, LSP

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Looking for language professionals on ProZ.com for your projects? 

If you've outsourced work before on the site, then you probably have seen and even used ProZ Find to make your searches. But did you know that you can personalize your searches with many filters to find the best match?

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Language jobs from site now on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

May 14, 2020 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in membership, business membership, jobs, ProZ Find, search, clients, ProZ.com, ProZ.com membership, translation industry, facebook, language industry, COVID-19, LSP

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ProZ.com language industry jobs can now be added to social network feeds on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Are you choosing the best service providers for your projects?

May 7, 2020 / by Rocío Tempone posted in freelancer, language jobs, translation company, directory, business membership, jobs, language industry, risk management, translation agency, LSP

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OK, so you posted your job, sent private messages and now you have many quotes from potential service providers. The next step is choosing who you want to work with. Sounds easy enough, but how do you know who will be the best match, the most reliable language professional?

Here's what you should look for when choosing the best service provider:

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