Monthly Archive:: March 2017

An Oxford comma worth $10 million?

By now, you may have seen the story of the $10 million dollar Oxford comma. In essence, a Maine-based dairy company may be on the hook for up to $10 million in overtime pay to truck drivers, and the culprit is a comma in a state law. At the heart of the dispute lies a

Advanced coaching group: starts April 3

The next session of my five-week advanced coaching group for experienced freelance translators starts April 3; the inaugural (January) session of this group filled up, and I’m anticipating that this one will as well. Participants in the January session commented: “The class definitely gave me a strong incentive to work on marketing every day because of

Surviving and thriving as a freelancer and mom

This is a guest post by Jennifer Nielsen. Jennifer is a freelance Spanish>English translator, interpreter and project manager specializing in law, business, cogeneration power plants and official translations. She recently returned to her home state of Colorado after spending the last seven years in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, during which time she obtained her

Creating and managing a translation team

This is a guest post by Michelle Bradley. Michelle began her career in translation 26 years ago after earning her M.A. from NYU in Madrid, Spain. Some of her first assignments as a newly-minted project manager included searching the Yellow Pages for Arabic translators, and fixing dial-up modem settings to meet late-night deadlines. It’s no