Proz, Translators Café, and Other Freelance Translation Sites: Are They Worth It?

Many freelance translators, particularly when they are just starting out, opt to create accounts on sites like Proz, Translators Café, and others. When I first started freelancing, I also opened Proz and Translators Café accounts. While some translators report success using these platforms, I have not once received a legitimate job offer through either of … Continue reading Proz, Translators Café, and Other Freelance Translation Sites: Are They Worth It?

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The Best Accounts to Follow for Translators New to Twitter

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

Translators and Specializations: The Chicken or The Egg?

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?

What Are CAT Tools and Why They Should Interest You

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