Are you looking for clients? The majority of job offers that go through ProZ.com happen when a potential client searches the directory and contacts service providers that match their job requirements directly through their profiles. This is why having not a good, but a great profile becomes really important. What do you want them to see when they visit your profile? What makes you different from the rest? What is your expertise? What credentials have you earned? Clients are just a mouseclick away. Get ready to welcome them.
To have a great profile you should start by focusing on the three main pieces of information that a potential client will see first when visiting your profile page:
These are the most visible portions of your profile, information that everyone will see even without opening your profile page, that is, in your directory listing, from quotes you submit through the job posting system, in KudoZ, forums, and other areas of the site.
Subscribing to ProZ.com makes good business sense. Why? Because members enjoy the following benefits:
Meet new clients at 4 times the rate of non-members.
Appear before all non-members in the directory.
Outsourcers that post jobs see quotes from members first.
Submit quotes to member-only jobs.
Unrestricted access to the Blue Board record of outsourcers and profile visits.
Exclusive access to content and networking opportunities.
Create, send, and track invoices online at ProZ.com.
And more, much more...
ProZ.com Pools are specialized groups of screened experts who are vetted, organized and made available for job opportunities. Pools makes it easier for potential clients to discover freelance professionals like you who are experts in a given service or field:
Share information about what you are working on to promote the work you do and track your project history over time.
Outsourcers using the ProZ.com directory are able to search translators using the keywords in "What I am working on" postings that have been made public, or even limit their search results to those translators who have used the "What I am working on" service.
ProZ.com's Translator Development Center helps linguists learn skills and earn Continuing Professional Development to demonstrate knowledge and confidence in their abilities. ProZ.com's training includes e-learning or distance learning courses, videos, webinars and more, all specifically designed for language professionals.
Take our industry-recognized training courses and keep you skills up-to-date.
Take part in the ProZ.com community while promoting your expertise, and stand out from the rest:
Give and receive terminology help »
Unless you are new to the translation industry, you should be able to collect a few feedback comments from clients to display in the upper right corner of your profile and other site areas such as the ProZ.com directory.
Client feedback conveys trust to potential clients (if you are getting started in the industry, don't worry! There are still other ways of conveying trust in the meantime. Learn more ») If you opt to show feedback from previous satisfied clients, you may be better positioned to turn potential new clients into actual ones, to justify above-average rates, to mitigate the need for performing test translations, etc.
Having WWA entries is also one of the search criteria that can be used by potential clients to find freelancers in the directory since this is useful information that outsourcers can use to manage risk when locating new service providers.
Request feedback comments from previous clients and even from colleagues. They don't even need to create an account at ProZ.com to be able to leave entries for you!
Your ProZ.com profile is your public face at ProZ.com, it is the first impression that potential clients and colleagues will have of you. When building a professional looking profile, you should think as your profile visitors. You build your profile for them, not for you.
Ask yourself: is it clear from my profile information the services I offer? Are my top fields of expertise shown on top? Do my tagline and bio clearly state what makes me different from the rest? Is the information in my profile written in the language of my potential clients? If the answer to any of these is 'no', the it's time for a profile review.
Looking for new clients? Make sure you are notified when they are searching for service providers like you!
Set your job notification references to receive email alerts when outsourcers post jobs in your language pairs, fields, rates and more. You may even choose to be notified of jobs from any client or end customers only. An email notification will be sent to your primary email address if the job criteria matches the information you have reported in your profile.
When looking for new clients, it is important that you get ready to do business with them.
Start by familiarizing yourself with ProZ.com Invoicing, a tool that allow you to create, send and track invoices online. Also, set up your payment preferences to receive payments through ProZ*Pay, a ProZ.com payment service that even allows you to get paid before the agreed upon date!