Social media is playing an increasingly important role in how everyone, from translators to truck drivers, access industry information, market their skills, and find potential customers. This is especially true for those of us who are self-employed. One tool that many independent professionals have been leveraging for years is Twitter. I only joined Twitter a … Continue reading The Best Accounts to Follow for Translators New to Twitter
Photo Credit: PexelsTwo great blog posts this past week, one by Corinne McKay over at Thoughts on Translation called Accepting the constraints of the market(s) you’re in and one on the ATA’s Savvy Newcomer blog entitled Tips on Getting and Keeping Agency Clients, inspired me to share my experiences working at and with translation agencies. … Continue reading Make Working with Agencies Work for You
In a previous post, I outlined some of the various types of services that various translation buyers might be looking for, including transcreation. Earlier this week, I shared an article about transcreation written by David García Ruiz of Trust Your Brand that incited some lively debate on Twitter. Most of the debate centered around this … Continue reading The Great Transcreation Debate
Whether you have been a translator for decades or are just starting out, having a specialization is critical. Why, you may ask? Simply put, customers want subject-matter experts working on their content. Though it may seem like a good idea to have a laundry list of “specializations” in order to find more work, especially when … Continue reading Translators and Specializations: The Chicken or The Egg?
Hat man sein warum? des Lebens, so verträgt man sich fast mit jedem wie? “He who has a why to live for can endure almost any how.” –Friedrich Nietzsche Like many of you, I am a translator. I am also a business owner. In fact, all freelance translators, whether we like it or not, are business … Continue reading What’s Your “Why?”
Thanks to developments in technology, the translation landscape has changed immensely in the past 20 years. Long gone is the translator working with pen and pad and flipping through paper dictionaries. The modern translator is an IT whiz, deftly analyzing various file types, searching online terminology databases, and even working simultaneously with teams of translators on the … Continue reading What Are CAT Tools and Why They Should Interest You
Even though professional translators are language experts and are often highly specialized, that does not automatically mean that they know exactly what to do 100% of the time. Language can be subjective and sometimes there may be multiple correct answers. As the translation buyer, your instructions will likely be able to provide a wealth of information … Continue reading The Importance of Good Instructions
Feeling a little lost? Picking the right translation service can be tricky. Sometimes translation providers are not upfront about the process that goes into producing a translation of quality, and sometimes industry terminology can be confusing. How do you choose the service you need? Below is a list of services and processes to give you … Continue reading Which Translation Service Do You Actually Need?
This past week, I was asked if I was worried about technology rendering the profession of translator obsolete. While artificial intelligence and other technological advances have the potential to eliminate most human jobs, for the time being, we can't worry about things that are out of our control. Instead, we can work on securing our jobs … Continue reading Will Translators Ever Be Obsolete?
You’ve determined that you need a translation and you’ve decided that you’re going to hire a freelancer. That’s great! But what should you do next? Large companies with substantial translation needs might have internal translation project managers who find vendors and allocate projects. If you don’t have that luxury, here’s a step-by-step guide to finding … Continue reading How to Find the Perfect Translator