Translator Talk

Tracking Non-Billable Time

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I say it a lot, but I like things to be easy. That’s not to say I’m lazy (okay, maybe it says I’m a little bit lazy), but I think we can all do with getting on with the stuff that makes us feel on fire and alive and, importantly, earns us money. I think we waste a lot of time (especially online) and if we only realised how much, we might be able to figure out some tricks, or get some help, to focus on the stuff we love. Read More

Yes We Canva! CVs & Proposals

By | Branding, Business Blog, Design, Image, Latest News, Marketing, Translator Talk | 2 Comments

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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10 Ideas for Getting New Clients

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Happy New Year!

How has 2017 been for you so far? Have you been rushed off your feet with new clients? Or enjoying a leisurely easing back into working after the holiday season? Maybe you’ve been busy planning for the year ahead. Lots of colleagues I know fall into that last category – myself included. I’ve had several new projects, but mostly I’ve been using my time to work out my goals and plans for the coming year, and figuring out how I’m going to achieve everything I want. Read More

Colleague corner – client strategy

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During last month’s Let’s Talk Clients live chat, I trialled a new approach. As well as having panellists share their experiences and answer my (rather nosy) questions, I decided to gather some anecdotes and stories from colleagues about their client strategy. Funnily enough, despite all the different approaches, one of the common themes was colleagues’ reluctance to even call their strategy a strategy, and in my chats with them prior to the session, words that often came up were “luck” and “contacts”. Read More

Let’s Talk Clients – the podcast

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We did it again!

Last week, on 17th November, we had another live chat, and this time we talked about all things…client! And there wasn’t a technical hitch challenge in sight! (Unless you count my cough…) We looked at the different mix of clients that translators have; from 100% agency to 100% direct, and everything in between.

So what did we learn? Just like with the rates chat, we learnt that it’s a personal thing. What works for one translator might not work for another, and, above all, we came to understand that that’s okay. It’s good to be different, and each combo has its own merits. Read More

Let’s Talk (Direct) Clients – live chat announcement

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Do you work with direct clients?

Or do you shudder at the thought? Maybe you have a mix of direct and agency clients (that’s cool too.) When I started out as a translator, I thought that everyone just worked with agencies. It didn’t occur to me, at least at first, that I could go direct. I’m not sure why, I guess I just assumed that if it were a possibility then surely someone would’ve told me. (Yes, I did believe in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy for a considerable portion of my youth…) Read More

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