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Yes We Canva! CVs & Proposals

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In today’s post on getting to grips with your graphic design gofer (that’s Canva, rather than me, just to clarify), we’re going to talk about using it to produce some PDFs. Which PDFs? Specifically your CV and your pricing proposals. I’m guessing you use both of these document types regularly, so they’re pretty important.

I’m guessing they’re pretty boring too.

Now, whether they’re boring for you to produce or look at….that’s your business (and no judging if it’s the latter), but they don’t actually have to be either of these things.

They can be documents you’re proud of.

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Sharing is…scaring (me)

By | Business, Business Blog, Health, Latest News, Translation, Translator Talk, Translators | 4 Comments

I’ve never been one of those oversharers *disdainful sniff* I don’t particularly like people knowing my business, it brings up lots of thoughts on dirty laundry being aired in public, support groups and crumpled hankies. That said, I hate secrecy (as you probably gathered from the Let’s Talk Rates live chat!) When it comes to being open and transparent and helpful, I am on it like a car bonnet. Providing resources, blogging and sharing information is totally my bag (baby) – and I love it when people I admire provide a bit of behind the scenes insight and show what really works for them….and what doesn’t. But when it comes to the emotional side of things, and a lot of the touchy-feely stuff behind the scenes, I’ve always shied away from *that sort* of sharing. Read More

Experience counts: pre-flight

By | Business, Business Blog, Latest News, Translation, Translator Talk, Translators | 2 Comments

At first glance, the title of this blog post might appear to be discouraging to newer translators (or for more experienced translators wanting to make a next step, or big leap.) I assure you, it’s not. This isn’t a post about how you have to have years of experience before you can “make it” as a translator (whatever your definition of “make it” might be.) It’s about the experience your clients have with you, and how it can make all the difference in their decision to work with you…and keep working with you. Read More

Fear Factor – A Business Model

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I’m naturally a bit of a worrier. I used to think this was a good thing – I mean, surely if I worried about all the potential (negative) outcomes of a situation then that would somehow cushion the blow when things didn’t turn out as I’d hoped, right? Sending a new pitch letter to a client? The fear would kick in with “Oh they’ll probably not even respond”…so if they didn’t, I could tell myself “I knew that was going to happen”.  Submitting a proposal for a new job? My response…same as above. I’m not sure why I found such comfort in being a negative know-it-all. Confirmation of my fear didn’t make me any less disappointed, that’s for sure. Perhaps by feeling like I knew the outcome I thought I could trick fate/the Universe into surprising me with good news. But really?

I was absolving myself of the need to challenge myself.

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Mini-masterclass: Linkedin profile

By | Business, Business Blog, Content, Latest News, Marketing, Networking, SEO, Translator Talk, Translators | 2 Comments

Linkedin can be pushed down the priority list for freelancers. I often hear colleagues say that a Linkedin profile is “for employees” or “jobseekers” and not for self-employed individuals who are looking for clients, rather than cushy 9-5s.

I don’t agree.

Linkedin, when used correctly, can actually be an extension of your website, providing information that you perhaps won’t include there, and, contrary to popular belief, can be customised considerably; giving it your personal touch. You’ll notice I said it’s an extension of your website, not an extension of your CV. Read More

Upping your audience – Part 1 (Guest Blogging)

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“Every crowd has a silver lining.”

P.T. Barnum

How does that quote make you feel? Does it make you feel a bit icky, what with the inference that good things (or monetary gain) only come to those who are followed by a crowd or an audience? The very thought can bring up a lot for the average business owner – maybe you want to rage against the “popular kid” machine. Maybe you’re an introvert, or an agoraphobic, and the idea of crowds really freaks you out. Perhaps you think that fame and money are always linked (rightly or wrongly.) Well, we all know my thoughts on money, and how it’s not wrong to want it, ask for it and deserve it. But what about how it links to your audience?

In this post, I want to talk about using guest blogging as a tool to up your audience – if you want to skip the theory and just get the guest blogging guide, click here to download it

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8 (or was that 7?) changes to make today

By | Business, Business Blog, Latest News, Marketing, Networking, Translation, Translator Talk, Translators | One Comment

Has anyone seen my comfort zone?

I seem to have misplaced it.

As you might have picked up from the extreme close up of my face below, today’s post is different. Yes, today’s post is a video post. And it’s all about changes. For those of you who prefer good old fashioned reading to this modern YouTube stuff, the transcript is below. Enjoy!

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Why It’s Not Wrong to Say ‘Show Me the Money!’

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After years of freelancing, I officially launched Silver Tongue in 2013. I had a grand reason for it. The grandest. The greatest. I was going to set an example. I was going to be a role model. I was going to…cringe, thinking of all the people I fervently preached at. Because although the thought behind it was solid, and certainly authentic to the person I was at the time, it was complete and utter bol…ognese. Read More

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