MANAGEMENT

Project Managers and Translators share many skills
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When I come to the end of my Translation Project Management courses, I usually explain to the students the main skills I expect from translation project managers. I use star ratings to illustrate what, according to me, they should mainly master in order to work as Translation Project Managers (TPMs).     Home page   […]

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Translation Rates & Prices – How Much Does a Translation Cost?
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Whether you are a company or individual, if you need to translate something from one language into another the first thing you want to know is the cost of translation. The translation market is very complex and inhomogeneous. There are many factors that can influence the translation rates and prices — from the country of […]

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Should You Specify Your Rate Range on Your TM-Town Profile?
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On your TM-Town profile, you have the option to set a rate range (both a per word range and also a per hour range). This field is optional, and when a translator does choose to show their rate range, we accompany it with the following text:                                                                                                                                                      https://www.tm-town.com

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An insight into the Translation Project Manager role
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The role of the translation project manager is mainly overseen when thinking about the translation industry, probably because it is not fully understood. In fact, when first approaching translation studies, I didn’t even know that this position existed. For this reason, I thought of writing about what I actually do at work, giving an insight […]

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How to deal with questions during a translation project
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It is never easy to ask questions. As professionals, we might fear that people reading our questions think we should have known, or found, the answer ourselves. Many of us have also experienced translation project managers (TPMs) or clients ignoring the questions we asked, or at least not paying attention to all of them. It […]

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Les facteurs de risques dans la gestion de projet
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J’ai pu voir lors de mon stage dans le cadre de la deuxième année du master TSM, que les risques émergent de toutes parts dans la gestion de projets de traduction. En effet, ceux-ci peuvent survenir autant de la part du gestionnaire de projet que des conditions de travail, du contexte dans lequel le projet […]

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Lump it and Like it
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A recent argument with an agency about the word count for a job handed in weeks previously has driven home just how sordid this practice of counting words really is. Thankfully, this type of situation doesn’t rear its ugly head that often, and this particular client is not one of my main sources of income.   […]

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Translating as risk management
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Risk analysis can be applied to translation in several ways. One application concerns the specificity of translation, where risk is primarily the probability of the translator losing a translation-specific kind of credibility; it concerns relations between people and can be called ‘credibility risk’.     https://www.academia.edu/10485092/Translating_as_risk_management  

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Technique Pomodoro : quelques tomates par jour, en forme toujours
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La technique Pomodoro : l’arme de dégustation massive qui va t’aider à  digérer des tonnes de tâches. Petit résumé de la technique, menu, et conseils du chef !   J’ai récemment adopté une tomate pour structurer mes tâches quotidiennes, gérer mes contrats et assurer un suivi simple mais précis de mes techniques de travail (donc […]

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Busy vs. productive: Finding your productivity nirvana | Looking-Glass Translations
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Business shouldn’t be busy: Marie Jackson discusses the importance of efficiency over activity and reveals how to find your productivity nirvana.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         lookingglasstranslations.com

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Finance Tips for Freelance Translators Part II
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Welcome back to my series on Finance Tips for Freelance Translators! Today I’d like to address a commonplace part of our profession: invoices. As a business owner, invoices are indispensable documents to keep track of your jobs and, most importantly, of who owes you how much money, and when do they have to pay?   […]

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Jobs Traveling In Style
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Organizing quality control on a large translation project with only 10% of the translation budget is a real challenge, especially if the customer expects 100% of the translations to be checked.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             https://theopenmic.co

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At Last! Low-Cost Fares for Clients (especially publishers) Who Want to Save Money on Translations!
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After fielding yet another “proposal” to translate a book for a fee I found offensive, I thought it might be time to start offering a special, low-cost fare to publishers and other clients who are looking to save money on translations. Details of the low-cost package:   https://nopeanuts.wordpress.com

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How to get paid on time as a freelancer
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Learn how to minimise your business risks, and make sure you get paid on time. In a freelance setting, getting paid on time is often an issue. Still, there are a few best practices freelancers can implement to minimise the risks of a delayed payment (or non-payment at all).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.mtmtranslations.com

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The One Crucial Thing You’re Forgetting When Handling Mistakes
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We are all people, and mistakes happen. Sometimes we, as translators or interpreters, are the ones at fault. Perhaps we didn’t catch a typo or mixed up a deadline. Or perhaps there was a miscommunication between you and your client that produced what your client perceives to be a mistake on your part.   Home […]

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Translation Post-Calculation with Excel
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When a translator quotes for a job, (s)he should compare the quote to the actual work when it is done. When you look at your job using numbers, you can learn to make quotes in a better way. This post-calculation Excel template can get you started.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           https://theopenmic.co

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Something’s rotten in the state of Translandia!
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Research and observations on geographical, ethnic-linguistic and geopolitical supply-demand principles dictating pricing of translations.   According to the Linguistic Society of America, referring to Ethnologue – the most extensive catalogue of the world’s languages, there are over 6,900 distinct languages spoken on Earth. Do you know which the most widely spoken languages of those are? https://theopenmic.co

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Chris Durban on translation pricing
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Are you unsure about how to price your translation services? Chris Durban shared her valuable insights on this thorny topic in her presentation on ‘Pricing issues in translation: is this where you want to be?’ for the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters in January 2016. Here’s a round-up of the key points from […]

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Why Standards Are Not the Norm in the Language Industry
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Anyone working in translation for the last 10 years will tell you: translation is big business, a practice at the beating heart of a robust and growing language industry. If you need more proof, just take a look at all the standards—a veritable alphabet soup of detailed process dos and don’ts—that have cropped up since […]

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Keeping client statistics: how organised are you?
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If the last statistics you ever came across involved the Poisson distribution at school, you may well be forgiven for running a mile from keeping any kind of statistics in your professional life. I studied A’level Maths with Statistics along with my languages (very little choice in the dark days if you didn’t want to […]

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Using Cloud Solutions for Translation: Yes or No?
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We read about the benefits of using the cloud for work—using cloud applications and storage, for example. What we don’t see are warnings of the risks. You have to look for these specifically; the information doesn’t come to you as do the claimed benefits. This morning I got yet another e-mail from my web hosting service, […]

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Pricing Strategies for Translators and Interpreters
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Pricing is a controversial and complex subject, and one that all linguists need to think about very seriously. In order to make a good living in the profession that we love, it is essential to figure out how to price our services. It is not about the price someone tells you to charge, but rather … […]

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Is Proz Dead Or Alive?
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“Proz is dead.” I bet you’ve heard that one before. This is what people say in 2015. This is what they’ve said in 2010. And I bet that this is what they will be saying in 2020. Many translators have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with Proz. With hate probably playing the key role.   […]

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Goodbye to all that
www.sjbtranslations.com

Breaking up isn’t hard when your “partner” is a cheapskate I received an e-mail last week from a long-standing and once quite important agency client. It began brightly. The company was undergoing a process of change with a view to growing and becoming a world leader in translation.   http://www.sjbtranslations.com  

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Determining your rates and fees
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If you are a freelance translator, putting yourself in a position to do high quality work on an ongoing basis requires that you approach the job from an effective commercial standpoint. While the question “What rates should I charge?” is one that ultimately only you can answer, as a professional in the industry…   http://wiki.proz.com […]

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Purchase Order Checklist
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Towards the end of September I blogged about my ideal purchase order and asked readers for your opinion. I was worried that the form might ask clients to fill in too much information. And most of your comments reinforced that view. You agreed that many would baulk at the idea of providing so many details, … […]

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