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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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ProZ.com Podcast: Working from home and parenting with Lu Leszinsky

December 19, 2020 / by Mike Donlin posted in freelancer, translator, staff, women in translation, COVID-19, podcast

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This latest ProZ.com podcast covered working from home and parenting with ProZ.com director of platform Lu Leszinsky. ProZ.com head of training Paul Urwin chats with Lu about how to manage being a parent and working from home with your family. Leszinsky shares some great, practical tips for reducing stress and helping your kids get more involved, while still working effectively.
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Translation Postcards: Lan Hoang Bao in Hue, Vietnam

December 14, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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There are some places in the world where life just seems slower… Far from the frenzied bustle of Ho Chi Minh City (which locals still refer to as Saigon) – the economic powerhouse in the South – or Hanoi, the political capital in the North, Hue in Central Vietnam is a city of peace and quiet, palaces and pagodas, tombs and churches. The strains of gentle melodies waft around as you sample the spicy cuisine at cosy restaurants, or while away the time at coffee shops that once served as classrooms for the princes of the long-since deposed royal family. 

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Translation Postcards: Parastoo Khoshpasand in Karaj, Iran

December 7, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Iran is one of those countries that get a bad press internationally – we’re bombarded with images of fundamentalist mullahs, or women covered from head to toe, and dire warnings about nuclear programs… To such an extent that we tend to forget how multilingual and cosmopolitan its people are, not to mention the historic contributions of Persian culture to art, poetry, and civilisation.

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Translation Postcards: Dachiny Ewekengha Okana in Brazzaville, Congo

November 30, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Kombo na nga Dachiny, naza mwana ya Congo pe napesi bino banso mbote bisika bozali!
 Of course you recognised immediately, didn’t you, that this is Lingala, one of the languages of the Congo Republic, and that it means “My name is Dachiny, I'm Congolese and I'm greeting you, wherever you are!” ?

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Translation Postcards: Sayda de Pineda in Las Vegas, USA

November 23, 2020 / by Andrew Morris posted in freelancer, translator, translation postcards

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Welcome to the city of lights, dancing, and fun. Glitzy Las Vegas is only 115 years old but is fabled around the world for its glamour and casinos. Founded as a stopover on the railroad between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, the desert city was originally a settlement for farmers, mostly from Utah, But they soon became aware of the pulling power of gambling, and in a mere century of existence, Vegas has attracted hundreds of millions of visitors and trillions of dollars to Southern Nevada. The city is now not just a centre for nightlife but also for business, conventions, and hospitality.

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