Treadmill desks hit prime time

The treadmill desk seems to be getting a lot of media time lately, and none other than the New York Times featured an article on treadmill desks (entitled “I Put In 5 Miles at the Office”) in its “Well” column. I’ve been using a treadmill desk for about four months, and I think that the

If you want to feel good about your job

…click on over to Ryan Ginstrom’s post entitled “Seven things I love about being a freelance translator.” Bravo to Ryan for this excellent post. Like any job, being a freelance translator has its annoyances, and it’s often fun to vent and commiserate about them. At the same time, I think that it’s important to maintain

New in the translation blogosphere

There are some new blogs and good posts on the translation scene this week, here are a few that I noticed: Identical twin translators (no, really!) Judy and Dagy Jenner, whose business (Twin Translations) I profiled a while ago have started a blog. It’s called Translation Times and is a great new addition to the

Getting the names straight

One of the great things about our industry is the variety of people we get to work with; people from all different countries, cultures and ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. The other side of this coin is that we have a lot of clients and colleagues who aren’t named Bob or Janet, which brings up a

Registration open for Juvenes Translatores 2008

The European Commission’s translation department is once again offering its Juvenes Translatores (Young Translators) competition; the 2008 edition will be held on November 27 and the registration is open to any secondary school in Europe (deadline October 20). On November 27, the student contestants will all translate the same text (last year’s was on sustainable

Some thoughts on setting goals

Goal-setting is a critical element of running a freelance business, but many translators ignore it. Not surprisingly, this type of passive attitude can lead to job stress and low job satisfaction, because instead of feeling that you’re actively progressing toward your ideal freelance business, you feel like your clients are dictating how, when and at