I spend a lot of time explaining the merits of agencies to translators who work with direct clients, and explaining the merits of direct clients to translators who work with agencies. So, I thought I’d offer my explanation to the whole translation blogosphere and solicit your thoughts! Here we go: Translation agencies are great, because:
After “How do I find some clients?,” I think that the most common question I get from beginning (and for that matter, experienced) translators is “How much should I charge?” My sense is that most people want an answer like “If you work for agencies, charge 16 cents. If you work for direct clients, charge
Inspired by Judy Jenner’s post about her first three months of co-working, here’s an update on my own co-working situation. Brief background: about this time last year, I came to a few realizations. Next year (now this year), my daughter would be starting middle school and would be getting more independent. My husband, who used
On Tuesday, September 24 at 12:00 noon New York time, Eve Bodeux and I will host the next in our series of free Speaking of Translation conference calls. This edition’s topic is International payments: an overview, and if you send or receive payments across borders, you should definitely listen in! The call will last 30-45
Disclaimer: I’m not an accountant or an attorney; these are just some tips from my own experience and what works for me in my freelance business. Managing your freelance finances is a) time-consuming and b) absolutely critical to your survival as a freelancer. So, it’s worth taking some time to consider whether you’re optimally managing
I’m a big believer in sharing information: for example, over the last five years I’ve written 400+ posts that are available on this site for free. I’ve found countless solutions to my own questions on other people’s blogs, also for free. However, I think that there’s a place for copyrighted work too; when applied correctly,
Last year, Walt Kania of The Freelancery wrote a fantastic post called Follow your passion? Maybe not. Try this instead, and the whole “follow your passion” idea is one that I think about a lot. Some thoughts: I love translating, writing and teaching, and I can’t imagine having a job where I was just warming
I’m a big believer in taking at least one unplugged vacation per year: no computer, no work phone. I think that it’s important for a few reasons. Such as: Work gets a lot of my undivided attention when I’m not on vacation, and my family needs and deserves some undivided attention too. The mental break
Here’s a nuts and bolts post about a nuts and bolts topic: how to count words. Billing by the word isn’t always the best way to go, but let’s say you’re quoting on a project for which you will definitely bill by the word. What are some factors you need to consider?
Back in 2009, I wrote a post about living the frugal life as a freelancer. Nearly three years later, I’m still quite frugal but with some new observations, so I thought this topic was worth revisiting.