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Using the BlueBoard to get clients

August 31, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, jobs, ProZ.com, facebook, Blue Board

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Earlier I hinted at a more effective way (at least in my experience) to get clients via ProZ than either responding to ads or polishing your profile to a high shine – important though these are.



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What is the ground floor in your career?

August 24, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, ProZ.com, facebook

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Note: The following post appears in the Translators & Interpreters facebook group from the group admin Andrew Morris.

Look around any major world city and you’ll see plenty of high-rise buildings, of varying shapes and sizes. But however hard you look, you’re unlikely to spot a single building that has no ground floor – an edifice that just hovers in the sky.
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Everything you need to know about CAT tools in video game localization

August 12, 2021 / by Rocío Tempone posted in freelancer, fun, networking, game localization, game localizers, events, ProZ.com, translation industry, CAT tools, ProZTV, meetups

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The second Video Game Localization Meetup took place on July 29. Sara Rodríguez and Guillermo Umpiérrez from the Terra Localizations team dove into how CAT tools are used within the video game localization industry and gave attendees some tips and at the end one lucky member won a memoQ license. 

Like last time, there was a myriad of questions and our speakers couldn't answer all of them. But don't worry, we'll get to them right here and now:

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Commenting in forums brings attention to your profile

August 11, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, profile, ProZ.com, education

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For years, ProZ.com's translation industry forums have been a place for open discussion on topics related to translation, interpreting and localization. The topics are always an interesting read, they are often entertaining, worthy of hours of your time for education, and an opportunity to engage with the world's largest community of language professionals.

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Getting payout your way, choosing your payment methods as a freelancer

August 4, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, payments, ProZ.com, ProZ*Pay

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When agreeing to work with a client, it is important to discuss or understand the employer's process for sending out payroll. Is there one unified method or outside service used for sending payments? Are there multiple ways to receive your money? Can this company pay you in your country?

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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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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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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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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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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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Changing Places 2: Nawal Kramer, from Spain to USA

March 29, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, ProZ.com, changing places

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She’s a one-woman United Nations, born of Moroccan parents in Spain, now living in the USA and married to a man of British descent, who grew up in a part of the USA dominated by Pennsylvania Dutch families, who are in fact German. Today the street where she lives in New York City’s “forgotten borough” of Staten Island has the highest Liberian population outside of Liberia, plus plenty of Mexicans, Jamaicans and myriad other nationalities. And if that weren’t enough to endorse her candidature for Secretary-General, Nawal Kramer is one of those rare people who is genuinely bicultural.

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Plus and Enterprise members can manage their professional memberships

March 16, 2021 / by Rocío Tempone posted in business membership, ProZ.com, ProZ.com membership, business page, translation agency, LSP

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Among the business membership benefits included in the Plus and Enterprise subscriptions, there is the possibility to assign two professional memberships to any two profiles on the site. Before, business members needed to contact site staff to assign them, but now they can do it from their own business page. 

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How can you ensure the confidentiality of your projects?

March 9, 2021 / by Rocío Tempone posted in translation company, business membership, ProZ.com, ProZ.com membership, risk management, LSP, terms, security procedures, confidentiality

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You already know what mistakes to avoid when posting a job and how to make the most of your searches with ProZ Find, as well as how to choose service providers based on their feedback and qualifications, but what if you need to ensure the confidentiality of a project?

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Changing Places 1: Paul Urwin – from England to Colombia

February 22, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, ProZ.com, changing places

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As we’ll see throughout this series, life can take us on some strange journeys from where we started out to where we end up. In the case of Paul Urwin, who was born and grew up in the sleepy Somerset town of Street, (main claim to fame: it’s home to Clarks, the famous British footwear brand), a number of decisions and chance encounters led him to the life he now leads in Bogotá, Colombia, fluent in Spanish, a happy husband and father, and of course Head of Training at ProZ.com.

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Business Member Spotlight: GTE Localize

February 17, 2021 / by Rocío Tempone posted in translation company, business membership, ProZ.com, business page, translation agency, LSP, business member spotlight

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GTE Localize’s Journey

GTE Localize is a global language vendor, providing translation, localization, media localization , interpretation, data collection and annotation services for all major languages in the world. In 2017, it was founded in Hanoi, Vietnam with the sole focus on Southeast Asian languages in which they have a huge competitive edge of culture understanding and reasonable high-quality resources.

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