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One of the great things about freelancing is that you are queen or king of your own office, can choose your own throne, can decorate according to your own tastes and, most importantly, you can give it the functionality YOU want.

My original intention was to come up with an article outlining what I think is essential to a translator’s office. As I started thinking about it, I realized it would be a pity to limit the article to what I find useful. So, I figured that if this article is going to REALLY be useful, it has to include some of the best ideas and practices out there. My plan is to Continue Reading…

A gimper is someone who cannot settle with mediocre or even standard performance. When they look at the expectations other people have from them, their first concern isn’t whether they can meet the expectations, or whether they can getaway with substandard. They want to overachieve and they will spare no effort until they’ve exceeded all expectations. Continue Reading…

In a world with an ever expanding need for multilingual communication, translators are looking ahead with above-average optimism. Whether you partner with agencies or have your own clients, the translation industry seems to be one of the best to work in. But if you’re a freelancer, I bet you would like to see your business increase. Getting direct translation clients, is one way of doing it.

For the sake of fairness, I will mention that this article was inspired by a discussion on Linkedin, and I owe a great deal to the contributors to that discussion, like Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz or Matt Bulow among others. I decided the discussion brought up many great ideas that are definitely worth a summary. So here’s a few things that might help you to get direct translation clients. Continue Reading…

Time has taught me that I’m most effective in an environment that contains a minimum amount of distractions. A silent environment is especially important on this job, especially if you aim to increase daily work speed, accuracy and output. Therefore, working from home where you may have massive distractions (unexpected guests, TV, kids, fridge) could easily reduce your productivity by 50%. Continue Reading…