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How to create a great professional profile and why it matters

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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Making a living during COVID-19

April 4, 2020 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, interpreter, Powwow, translation events, marketing for language professionals, jobs, networking, translation contests, clients, events, meetings, invoicing, translation, ProZ.com, translation industry, Blue Board, community, language industry, COVID-19, ProZTV

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By now, the entire world knows that the current Covid-19 outbreak has --and will continue to have--  an enormous impact on freelance financial lives. However, language professionals who usually work on-site --interpreters, project managers, teachers-- don't necessarily have to live off savings during the current quarantine. ProZ.com has a few tricks up its sleeve to make money starting this weekend and while at home, and supplement your income during these uncertain times.

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Improvements to "What I am working on", Project History, keyword directory search

September 19, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in marketing for language professionals

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Some recent minor improvements have been made to better connect the What I am working on  feature (WIWO) with the Project History feature in profiles, and to help you better market yourself in your areas of expertise to potential clients and collaborators through both. In relation to these improvements, an adjustment has been made in the Find directory to help clients find you based on the projects you have worked on.

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New feedback card widgets for ProZ.com Plus subscribers

September 18, 2019 / by Rocio Palacios posted in freelancer, profile, marketing for language professionals, Plus package, SEO, feedback

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Do you have your own website? Now, if you're a Plus subscriber, you can show your visitors the feedback you've received from clients and colleagues on ProZ.com without ever having to leave your page.

"WWA" (Willingness to Work Again) feedback is a ProZ.com feature that provides translators, interpreters and other service providers with a means of requesting, collecting and displaying in their profiles feedback from outsourcers and colleagues with whom they have worked.

The translator feedback page provides a dedicated interface to those willing to request or provide translator feedback, and with this widget, you can embed your WWA feedback card on your own website. You can find it under the Tools menu at the top navigation bar of the site:



ProZ.com's web widgets allow you to generate a code that you can easily add to your website. This widget will automatically be updated whenever somebody makes a WWA entry to your profile. Your site visitors and potential clients will be able to see your full feedback card, sorted by the most recent to the oldest entry.

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Twenty years of fair play: thank you all, moderators!

September 6, 2019 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in freelancer, profile, professional development, marketing for language professionals, fun, networking, translation, anniversary, moderators

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ProZ.com the website has been around since 1999, and so have those who have volunteered to foster and protect the positive, results-oriented atmosphere of the site: the moderators.

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Most popular blog posts of 2018

December 21, 2018 / by Mike Donlin posted in Netflix, subtitling, freelancer, interpreter, membership, translator tools, business membership, marketing for language professionals, translation

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Blogs started to appear in this format at the start of 2018. The content at ProZ.com has been used to discuss language industry trends, inform of site enhancements, and sometimes just to share a laugh. 

Of the 98 posts shared in 2018 from 12 different authors, here are the 10 that were most read.

 

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ProZ.com community choice awards 2018: voting now open, pick your favorites

October 4, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in interpreter, marketing for language professionals, fun, networking, translation

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Thanks to everyone who made nominations for this, the sixth annual ProZ.com community choice awards. Voting is now open, so be sure to check out the nominees and cast your votes for your favorites in the categories for translation and interpreting at https://www.proz.com/community-choice-awards

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Who are 2018's most outstanding translation and interpreting professionals? You decide.

September 4, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator, interpreter, marketing for language professionals, networking

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Every year since 2013, the ProZ.com community choice awards are held to place a spotlight on language professionals who are active, influential or otherwise outstanding in various media, in both translation and interpreting. Nominees and winners are determined entirely by the ProZ.com community.

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Improve your ProZ.com profile from your mobile phone

April 27, 2018 / by Lucía Leszinsky posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, profile, translator, tagline, marketing for language professionals, iOS, Android, mobile, mobile app

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ProZ.com Mobile, the application developed by ProZ.com for use on mobile devices, now offers the possibility of updating basic profile information even when your are away from your computer.

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Marketing for freelance translators and interpreters who hate marketing

March 23, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator, interpreter, marketing for language professionals

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A recent survey of freelancers centered around their marketing efforts showed some interesting finds:
  • 55% of freelancers spend 3 hours a week on their online marketing efforts
  • 51% of respondents considered marketing too time-consuming, and 41% felt marketing was too costly
  • 83% are investing financially in online marketing of some sort
  • 72% say they are spending less than but up to 100 USD a month in marketing (those who spend more than that report earning more)
  • The average survey respondent had reached their income goal within two years of starting out

The survey sample were some 2,000 US freelancers of all types, so it is reasonable to expect those numbers to be somewhat different if we narrow it down to translators and interpreters, expand the sample to other countries, or both.

One number in particular that caught my eye was the monthly investment in marketing. 100 USD a month sounded pretty steep to me, but maybe I'm wrong. 1,200 USD in freelancer marketing a year. Do you spend that much on your marketing? If so, drop me a line, I'd be very interested in hearing about it and if you find it to be a good investment.

If you are already a paying ProZ.com member, you are spending between 12 and 18 dollars a month on marketing through your membership, though you get all the rest of the tools and opportunities available along with it. It's a kind of marketing that is easy to do, what we'd call passive marketing.

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Translators Plus part 4: On proofs and puddings

March 21, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in freelancer, language jobs, translator tools, marketing for language professionals

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ProZ.com Plus membership comes with all the benefits members have come to know over the past nineteen years, plus a lot of new tools and opportunities designed with the serious freelance language professional in mind. This series takes a look at these additional benefits, one at a time.

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"The proof is in the pudding," I've heard, in response to the question "How do you show potential clients you can deliver what they are looking for, at the quality they seek?"

 

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