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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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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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Translation Postcards: Ezliana Zainal Abidin in Mallorca, Spain

February 15, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Long before it became a package-holiday destination, or the darling of the low-cost weekend-break generation, the island of Mallorca was known as a favourite summer getaway for royalty, as well as a splendid refuge for artists, writers and musicians in search of inspiration. Golden and turquoise coastlines, magnificent mountain views and rolling hills dotted with vineyards, almond, olive and citrus groves. Away from the glamour of the beaches, the rural backwaters are full of orange trees and donkeys, small villages and traditional ways of life, folk traditions and religious feast days, bonfires and dancing demons, all under clear Mediterranean skies…

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Translation Postcards: Natalia Slipenko in Kyiv, Ukraine

February 8, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Let’s start with a pronunciation lesson: it’s Kyiv (rhymes with peeve), not Kee-eff. Got it? At least that’s what your modern internationalist in the know says. Problem is, not many people are in the know when it comes to Ukraine. From the media we might glean snippets about wars, orange-coloured revolutions, and political turmoil, not to mention the infamy of Chernobyl. And yes, there’s a territorial war with Russia going on as we speak in the East of the country. But that’s a long way from Kyiv, a vibrant city with a great deal to offer, and where everyone’s in a hurry, whether in bright summer sunshine or crunching over a thick layer of snow.

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Translation Postcards: Retno Damajanti in Bali, Indonesia

February 1, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in translator, translation, translation postcards

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The air is heady with incense. Wherever you look there are colourful offerings – in the middle of a busy street, on the pavement, in little shrines in front of houses, in paddy fields, on the beach and of course at the feet of statues. Dressed in traditional lace tops, multi-coloured sashes and sarongs, women bear these offerings on trays – sometimes even riding a motorbike at the same time. Amid these timeless scenes, the sound of Hindu chanting alternates with the Muslim call to prayer floating in the air.

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Freelancers need to set your payment terms

January 27, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, interpreter, payments, invoicing, ProZ*Pay

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As a freelancer, one of the most joyous parts of the month is getting paid. However, when you work for yourself, it can get a little more complicated than just cashing a monthly check. Here are our strategies for how and when to get paid as a freelancer as well as how to set payment terms.

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Translation Postcards: Kristina Wolf in Canberra, Australia

January 25, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Not many translators wake up every morning to the sound of cockatoos. Or find possums in their back yard. Or set out for a picnic, only to be joined by kangaroos, wombats or spiny anteaters. And don’t forget those sturdy shoes when out hiking in snake season. But then again, not many translators live in Canberra in Australia.

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Have you subscribed to the ProZ.com podcast?

January 21, 2021 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, staff, podcast

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Have you added podcasts as a way to pass the time, or for targeted personal growth this year? If you have not done so already, I would suggest subscribing to the ProZ.com podcast hosted by head of training Paul Urwin.

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Translation Postcards: Kelvin Zifla in Tirana, Albania

January 18, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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These days, the most oft-cited example of an isolated country ploughing its own furrow, cut off from the rest of the world, is North Korea, but there were long decades in the aftermath of World War II when Albania was a strong contender for the title…


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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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Translation Postcards: Thomas Chahweta in Harare, Zimbabwe

January 11, 2021 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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It was a humble beginning. One of eleven children, nine of whom are still alive, Thomas Chahweta grew up in a rural village in Zimbabwe. As in many countries in the South, children were seen by the previous generation as an investment. His parents were subsistence farmers and he and his siblings worked hard in the fields growing crops, selling the excess harvest to pay for school fees.

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Traveling the world from my home office, the translation postcards of 2020

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

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In March 2020, perhaps inspired by the fact that travel was fast becoming a thing of the past amid a global lockdown, I came up with the idea of a series of Translation Postcards for ProZ.com, featuring colleagues from all around the world — a chance to share an insight into their localities, lives, professional ups and downs, and even habits and diets.

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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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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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Translation Postcards: Nagehan Carroll in Plymouth, England

December 21, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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When you’ve spent many years of your life in two world cities: London and Istanbul, then a move to Devon certainly represents a change. But on those occasions when you miss the brightly lit skyscapes, the cosmopolitan hubbub and the busy shops and cafés, the bucolic countryside, spectacular coastlines and quaint streets of Devonian market towns and villages offer plenty of consolation.

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