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Setting Goals for Your Freelance Business: An Important Job Satisfaction Tool

By Next Level | September 15, 2021
Setting Goals for Your Freelance Business

I have been teaching business classes for freelance translators for about 15 years, so I’ve seen “under the hood” of many freelancers’ businesses. The truth is, when we talk about goal-setting in our freelance businesses, many freelancers have amorphous goals (“earn more money,” “find better clients”) or no goals at all, because their business management strategy consists of two steps: Translate what falls in the inbox Hope that, at the end of the year, that work adds up to enough money This sounds like an extreme example, but I can assure you, it’s not. Most freelancers are not actively pursuing…

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When School Comes Home: Making Room in the Day for Distance Learning

By Next Level | July 12, 2021

This article originally appeared in the ATA Chronicle-Online. Once upon a time, in a land that now seems very far away, many parents were able to work as freelancers from their homes. They did this in part by sending their children to another, much larger building five days a week. The children would gather with friends and adults called “teachers”…

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What the Business Practices Education Committee is Doing for ATA Members

By Next Level | June 9, 2021

An earlier version of this article appeared in The ATA Chronicle. Have you ever asked yourself: What’s the Business Practices Education Committee up to these days? Probably not. In fact, you are more likely wondering: What is the Business Practices Education Committee? For the uninitiated: The Business Practices Education Committee was established in 2005 to provide ATA members with information…

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What are ATA’s Mastermind Groups?

By Next Level | April 6, 2021

Mastermind groups are small peer-based groups formed to learn more about a specific topic. The members of Mastermind groups help each other solve problems and develop their professional objectives by sharing input and advice. The groups’ core value is the synergy of energy, motivation, and commitment, as well as everyone’s willingness to learn and grow together. The ATA Mentoring Committee…

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EIDL and PPP2: 2021 Edition, Part II

By Next Level | January 25, 2021

Disclaimer: This article does not constitute professional financial, tax, or legal advice, and neither the author nor the American Translators Association (ATA) assumes any warranty, implied or expressed, for the accuracy or applicability of any information contained therein. It should not be relied on to make financial or other decisions affecting your business or personal situation. Before taking any financial,…

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EIDL and PPP2: 2021 Edition, Part I

By Next Level | January 15, 2021

Disclaimer: This article does not constitute professional financial, tax, or legal advice, and neither the author nor the American Translators Association (ATA) assumes any warranty, implied or expressed, for the accuracy or applicability of any information contained therein. It should not be relied on to make financial or other decisions affecting your business or personal situation. Before taking any financial,…

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