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Use updated calculator to determine your freelancing rates

March 30, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator tools, rates, finances

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More than ten years ago, ProZ.com released an online rates calculator designed to help you determine the minimum rates required to meet your objectives. Together with forum discussionsthe record of average rates reported by the community, and other useful resources such as the the article "Determining your rates and fees as a translator", the rates calculator has proved to be very helpful in answering one of the questions asked more frequently by freelance language professionals: what rates should I charge for...?

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My client isn't paying me! What can I do? —Part 1

March 18, 2020 / by Andrea Capuselli posted in freelancer, translation company, translator tools, payments, invoicing, Blue Board, language industry

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You already know how to assess a new client and decide if you're comfortable starting a professional relation with them. Unfortunately, clients new and old may sometimes get behind with payments for a number of reasons. From a change of personnel in the finance department, through an inefficient new management software, all the way to cashflow issues; there are a myriad factors that may cause a client who has long been reliable and trustworthy to leave your invoice unpaid.

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ProZ.com Plus Package benefit: Translation Mastermind on Facebook

January 27, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in translator, professional development, translator tools, Plus package, facebook

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Among the many benefits of ProZ.com Plus membership is the chance to take part in the Translation Mastermind group on Facebook. It’s an established community of professionals who enjoy sharing ideas and tips about translation, in a completely troll-free atmosphere. It’s into its fourth year now, an independent entity, but sponsored by ProZ.com from Day 1.

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The people behind ProZ.com: Henry Dotterer, President (Part One)

January 24, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in translator tools, translation, ProZ.com, staff, meet the team

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Over at the Translators and Interpreters (ProZ.com) Facebook Group,  there are plans for a series of weekly posts introducing you to the people behind ProZ.com. Some of them you may have come across, while others have remained in the shadows… until now! In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll get to know all of them in turn.
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When most of us are faced with change, or a new set of circumstances, we adapt in small ways, work round the new developments, try not to let them upset our routines too much. But there are some people who look at exactly the same situation and see the potential for a different reality altogether, even a way to change the world.
 
In 1995, a young freelance translator called Henry Dotterer was just about to leave his job at Motorola in Japan and take a trip around the world when one day his co-worker said: “Come here, I want to show you something. It’s called the Internet”.
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Celebrating ProZ.com's 20th anniversary by the sea

September 17, 2019 / by Andrew Morris posted in Powwow, translator tools, events, translation industry, Spain, staff, anniversary, Barcelona

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On Wednesday 4th September 2019, twelve translators (one of whom arrived after this photo and one of whom was holding the camera!) met in the outdoor pergola of the fine Vista Corona restaurant in Barceloneta, the leisure and marina area of Barcelona, in one of the ProZ.com 20th anniversary powwows!

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"Human response to a changing industry" talk on Monday at GALA 2019 in Munich

March 22, 2019 / by Mike Donlin posted in translator, translator tools, translation events, translation, GALA

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Heading to GALA 2019 in Munich? Henry Dotterer and Jared Tabor of ProZ.com will be giving a talk there on the future of the industry.

The talk, titled "Human Response to a Changing Industry", will be given at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 25. It is in the first session, following the welcome and keynote.

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Becoming a successful international translator

February 22, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator tools, translation, translation industry

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André Lisboa is an English - Portuguese translator based in Brazil. He is a ProZ.com member, and member of the Certified PRO Network (CPN). He has been working in the translation industry for over 25 years now, and has recently published a book, How to Become a Successful International Translator. In the book, he discusses some translation basics like resources and CAT tools, and also goes into detail on marketing, building a portfolio, time and resource management, and other subjects. The English edition of the book includes an interview with Ofer Tirosh, CEO of Tomedes Translations, on the translation industry in general, and what they look for when they hire new linguists.

I interviewed André about How to Become a Successful International Translator, and his thoughts on translation and the industry:

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CAT tool use by translators: what are they using?

February 4, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator tools, translation

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In the previous post, we took a look at CAT tool use among translators. Now we will delve into this subject some more, examining which tools are being used, how translators are deciding on those tools, favorites, least favorites, and recommendations.

And if you are a reader who likes charts and graphs, you're in luck. 

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CAT tool use by translators: who is using?

February 3, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator tools, translation

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Every now and then, the subject of the use of Translation Memories (TMs) and Computer-aided Translation (CAT) tools comes up in the ProZ.com forums and elsewhere. Should you use a CAT tool? Why? Which one? Why (again)? Are there kinds of work where a CAT tool will not be useful?

In a previous State of the industry report for freelance translators, the word on TMs and CAT tools was to take them as "a given." A high percentage of translators use at least one CAT tool, and reports on the increased productivity and efficiency that can accompany their use are solid enough to indicate that, unless the kind of translation work you do by its very nature excludes the use of a CAT tool, you should be using one.

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Survey on tech trends in translation, your input is needed!

January 25, 2019 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator tools

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There is a short survey running, about tech trends and translators. Have you incorporated any new tech in your work recently? Are there advances in technology for translation and translators that concern you, or you are happy about? Take a few moments to respond to the survey; your input will be greatly appreciated. 

See the survey here »

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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 report to members, 2018

December 4, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in translator tools, ProZ.com membership

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Dear members,

Next year marks 20 years of ProZ.com helping language professionals to expand their businesses and improve their work, while networking and also having fun. Here's a glimpse/reminder of what ProZ.com looked like back in the beginning.

Since then, ProZ.com paying members have been using an ever-growing suite of services and benefits the site provides to take their careers to the next level. They are also the reason the site has been able to offer those tools and opportunities, and the reason the site is available to everyone. So if you are a paying member of ProZ.com and are reading this, thank you! The ProZ.com site team is here to serve you.

Here is what has been going on at ProZ.com since the last report to members.

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ProZ.com members can now save 20% on books purchased at Routledge

August 27, 2018 / by Jared Tabor posted in professional development, membership, translator tools

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Through cooperation with the good folks at Routledge, ProZ.com members can now receive a 20% discount off their purchases of books at Routledge, along with free shipping. In addition, Routledge is offering a free chapter download from the book Being a Successful Interpreter by Jonathan Downie.

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More than 20,000 industry players have already tried ProZ.com Mobile

June 18, 2018 / by Lü Leszinsky posted in freelancer, profile, translator, interpreter, directory, translator tools, iOS, Android, mobile, mobile app, jobs, networking, clients

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Since its release in 2016, ProZ.com mobile for Android and iOS has already been installed and tried by more than 20,000 translators, interpreters, clients and others in the language industry --22,792 to be precise!

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ProZ.com Mobile integrates Google, Facebook and LinkedIn login

March 22, 2018 / by Lü Leszinsky posted in freelancer, translator, interpreter, membership, translator tools, iOS, Android, mobile, mobile app

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It is now possible to login to your ProZ.com accounts in the ProZ.com Mobile app using Google, Facebook or LinkedIn credentials.

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