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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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8 freelancer profile photo tips

March 23, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, photo

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If you are a freelancer, you must choose a freelancer profile photo. It is a big decision to make as it is one of the primary draws to your freelancer profile. Your photo must inspire trust and professionalism to entice high-quality clients.

Here are 8 freelancer profile photo tips to help you make the right photo choice.

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Strategies to stand out on freelancer websites

February 9, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile

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There are millions of freelancers out there, and over 1 million registered at ProZ.com, likely with thousands within your language pairs; how can you compete? One of the top methods successful freelancers use to create a viable business is by creating a standout profile on freelancer websites. 

How do they do this? Here are some strategies for standing out from the crowd.

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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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Goodbye 2020! See top 10 ProZ.com blog posts this year

December 25, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in profile, translator, translator tools, translation, COVID-19, kudoz

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Of the 150 blog posts written by ProZ.com site staff in 2020, it is only fitting that a blog post about the disease that defined 2020, COVID-19, topped the list of most read blog posts. Other popular posts included those about how to position yourself for jobs, ways to improve profiles, explanations of some site features and the most popular from the translation postcard series.

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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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Translator and globetrotter: Elena Romero

August 17, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, profile, translator, interpreter

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The first thing that strikes you about Elena Romero is how relaxed she is. Not to mention her easy-going and fluent English. Surely it can’t all be because she spent two years in London in her early 20s? But dig a little deeper and you see why: Elena spends her life travelling, much of it in English. Having left the narrow confines of her small town in the Canaries (ironically enough, a destination coveted by most of the world), she has roamed extensively – in Europe and SE Asia in particular, and counts Bali among her favourite places of all.

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Portrait of an Entrepreneur: Yassine El Bouknify in Morocco

August 10, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, language jobs, freelancer, profile, translator, interpreter

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Ask Yassine El Bouknify what he enjoys about being a freelance translator and he responds without hesitation: the chance to work with other professionals and clients; the mobility bundled up with the job, and the ability to choose who he works for. In short, being his own boss. Just two years into his career, he’s obviously understood what makes freelance life tick. 

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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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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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Meeting clients webinar provides winning strategies to get most from site

March 16, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, training, jobs

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ProZ.com offers a free webinar on meeting clients. The webinar is offered to help members get the most out of the tools available through the site. Attend an upcoming webinar to get the most out of ProZ.com and meet more clients.

The “Meeting clients at ProZ.com” webinar is moderated by María Florencia Vita  of ProZ.com. It is part of the training available at ProZ.com.

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How to write an effective job quote

March 1, 2020 / by Andrea Capuselli posted in freelancer, profile, translator, membership, jobs, ProZ.com membership

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As a freelance language professional on ProZ.com, there are many ways for you to find work. The vast majority of the workload that flows through the site comes from clients searching the Translators Directory or ProZ Find, so a good ProZ.com profile is a must to meet new clients through the site.

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Should you publish rates in your profile?

February 25, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, translator, rates

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As a freelancer at ProZ.com, you have the option to include rates. Some do, some do not.

In a previous Facebook group discussion, Andrew Morris suggested that he always preferred not to in the early days when seeking out new clients all the time, because some clients surprise you by offering you more than you’d have naturally stated.

That seems like a simple explanation for one side of the debate.

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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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What is SEO and what is it for?

February 10, 2020 / by Andrea Capuselli posted in profile, directory, SEO

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SEO, short for search engine optimization, is a cluster of practices and techniques for increasing the quality and quantity of visits of a website or a web page by targeting search engine users. Over half of all website traffic comes from organic search —that means, traffic from search engines that you aren’t paying for. In Google alone, 63,000 searches are conducted per second.

SEO settings affect not only how you show up on ProZ.com, but how (and if) you appear on search engines.

 

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