Handling the holidays as a freelancer: a joint episode of Smart Habits for Translators and Speaking of Translation

Thanks to our awesome friends and colleagues Veronika Demichelis and Madalena Sanchez Zampaulo over at Smart Habits for Translators for this very fun joint episode on handling the holidays as a freelancer! We discuss topics such as:
-How we all handle vacations over the winter holidays; and how this very atypical year is the same or different
-How to decide whether to work or not work over the holidays
-How to take a real vacation without losing clients
-How to use the holidays to your advantage, especially if you’re actively looking for work
-How to use post-holiday marketing techniques to remind clients you’re back in the office in January
-And the dreaded topic: what to give colleagues and clients as a gift!

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Making the most of LinkedIn

Eve and Corinne discuss how to make the most of LinkedIn as a freelance translator or interpreter, including:

  • Tips for optimizing your profile (specifically for our industry)
  • How we use LinkedIn in our own businesses
  • Eve’s ongoing use of LinkedIn Premium
  • Corinne’s recent experiment with the LinkedIn Premium free trial

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Panel discussion: freelancing during the COVID pandemic

Eve, Corinne, freelance translator Karen Tkaczyk, and freelance conference interpreter Alex Gansmeier discuss life as a freelancer during the COVID pandemic, including:
-How the pandemic initially affected their businesses in March through May of 2020
-How things are looking now
-Is anything going better during the pandemic? Any silver linings?
-How to maintain your sanity and your work volume as the pandemic continues over the long term

Links mentioned in this episode:
-Karen’s professional website
-Karen on Twitter
-Alex’s professional website
-Alex on Twitter
Troublesome Terps, the excellent podcast that Alex co-hosts

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Online networking in the age of COVID

Love it or hate it, online networking is the only networking we’ve got (in the US at least) for the foreseeable future. To help you embrace the opportunities that online networking offers, Eve and Corinne discuss topics such as:

-Online training, and how to make the most of the increased opportunities we’re seeing during the pandemic
-New takes on “legacy” platforms such as LinkedIn
-How to follow up with people you meet in online networking or training sessions
-How to use video for remote networking purposes
-“Moon shot” ideas that just might work during the pandemic

Links mentioned in this episode:
-The Cambridge Conference Interpretation Course
Nimdzi’s article on planning virtual events
-Forbes article: 21 ways to network remotely in B2B
-Website for the upcoming ATA61 fully virtual conference

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Tools that keep us productive and happy

In this episode, Eve and Corinne address the topic of tools; not necessarily CAT tools, but tools of all kinds that help us work more productively and keep us happy. We talk about tool categories such as editing and proofreading, images and image manipulation, incorporating, hiring service providers to work with you, and listening to music (important during a quarantine!).

Links mentioned in this episode:

Dragon Fly Editorial Copy Editing Checklist: PDF for download at the end of the article

PerfectIt editing software

ACES (the Society for Editing) Webinars –(free for non-members too, through July 31, 2020)

How to set up the Speak feature for Microsoft Office

To access Microsoft Read Aloud from Review > Read Aloud on the toolbar in Word or type READ ALOUD in the Search button at the top of the Word interface.

TextAloud text to speech tool

https://pixabay.comm – royalty free image site

https://unsplash.com/ – royalty free image site

https://www.pexels.com/ – royalty free image site

https://stocksnap.io/ – royalty free image site

https://www.canva.com/ – to create your own graphic designs

Marion Rhodes’ article on AB5 and company structures

http://asana.com – project management tool

https://basecamp.com/ – project management tool

https://todoist.com/ – power to do list and pm tool

https://plan.toggl.com/ – project management tool

Wonderboom – Eve’s favorite portable, bluetooth speaker

AirShokz bone-conducting headphones–Corinne’s new favorite thing for phone interpreting

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Speaking of translation technique

In this episode, Eve and Corinne address the topic of translation technique, and how to actually do a translation. Thanks very much to our listener Mireille for suggesting the topic for this episode! She e-mailed us and asked, “My question is how to improve your translation in order to make it flowing, instead of literal, where to stick to the text and where to take some liberty? What tips would you give?”

We address issues such as:

  • What steps to include in your translation process
  • The tension between staying faithful to the source and wanting the translation to not sound like a translation
  • How to identify typical “sounds like a translation” constructions in your source language
  • Examples of translation technique issues we’ve struggled with
  • How to align your translation technique with the purpose of the translation

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Diversifying your freelance business beyond translation

Eve, Corinne, and special guest Madalena Sanchez Zampaulo discuss how and why (or why not!) to diversify your freelance business beyond translation. We discuss:
-Non-translation lines of work that the three of us have pursued throughout our careers
-The pluses and minuses of having multiple business lines
-Copywriting as an additional business line
-Book publishing as an additional business line
-Additional revenue streams that you might want to consider

Links mentioned in this episode:
Madalena’s T&I website blueprint course
-Eve’s Global Reads Book Club
-Corinne’s online courses and master classes

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Client-side conferences as a marketing tool: guest interview with Michele Hansen

In this episode, Eve and Corinne interview French to English translator Michèle Hansen about her experiences using client-side conferences as a marketing tool. A self-professed “introvert who hates selling,” Michèle has increased her freelance income by more than $40,000 over the past two years through this strategy.

Links mentioned in this episode:
-Michèle’s website Global Health Language Services
-Eve’s new book club for translators, Global Reads
-To be alerted when registration for Eve’s “supercharge your second language skills” challenge group opens, join the Training for Translators mailing list
-Upcoming Training for Translators online courses

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Volunteering for professional associations and groups

In this episode, Eve and Corinne discuss volunteering for professional associations and groups, at the local, national, and even international level, including:
-The benefits (to you and to the association) of professional volunteering
-How to set limits on your professional volunteering/avoiding burnout
-How to identify volunteer roles that fit your strengths and your strategic purposes
-Choosing different volunteer roles at different phases of your career

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Contracts and service agreements for translators

In this episode, Eve and Corinne discuss contracts and service agreements for freelance translators. Thanks to listener Erin Riddle for suggesting this show topic! If you have a topic you’d like us to discuss, drop us an e-mail at speakingoftranslation@gmail.com. We discuss:

  • When do you need a full written contract for a translation? When is an e-mail OK?
  • How do you specify the terms of use for a translation?
  • What about subcontracting agreements?
  • What terms should be included in a contract?
  • Should you sign indemnification clauses?

Links mentioned in this episode:

-ATA’s translation services agreement guide and model contract
-ATA’s interpreting services agreement guide and model contract
-The PEN model contract for book translations

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