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Mental Health in Freelance Translation: Setting Boundaries

By Next Level | June 22, 2022
Mental Health in Freelance Translation: Setting Boundaries

This post is a reblog, originally published by Zingword on November 5, 2020. It is reposted with permission from the author. I recently had a brief discussion on mental health with an acquaintance who also works as a freelance translator, and they said something that really stuck with me: “No one ever taught me that you can say no to a translation project.” This phrase really got me thinking about why freelance translators have such a hard time setting boundaries. For many translators, this often has to do with the way our local market works or the way many of…

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Ready to Plan for a Mid- to Long-Term Medical Leave? Part 1

By Next Level | January 5, 2022
Thoughts on Planning for Medical Leave

The idea for this post was born on my most stressful day in recent memory: the day I took three of my children to the doctor for COVID-19 tests. If even one tested positive, all three would need to skip school and spend up to two weeks at home with me. Along with my fears for my children’s health, my…

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How to Get Approved for a Mortgage as a Self-Employed Person

By Next Level | December 8, 2021
How to Get Approved for a Mortgage as a Self-Employed Person

Imagine if you could freeze your rent payment forever. Now imagine that it could disappear by the time you retire. That financial advantage is a major reason why people take the plunge to become homeowners. Being a homeowner means that your “rent” will never increase unless you authorize it. Sure, taxes will increase, but never as much as rent tends…

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Teamwork: The Pros and Cons of Being a Lone Wolf or a Pack Animal

By Next Level | November 24, 2021
Teamwork: The Pros and Cons of Being a Lone Wolf or a Pack Animal

This post is a reblog, originally published on Nikki Graham’s blog, My Words for a Change, and later published in the ATA Chronicle. It is reposted with permission from the author. From the outside looking in, most translators probably seem like lone wolves, happily working at their desks all day with hardly any social contact. In fact, many freelancers highlight…

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How’s Your English?

By Next Level | November 10, 2021
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Most of us have heard it before: To be a good translator, you have to be a good writer. Today this maxim is truer than ever. Successful translators have always sought to provide high-quality copy to their clients as a way to add value and stand apart from the rest, but the increasing popularity of machine translation gives us even…

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Enhanced Productivity with Text Expansion

By Next Level | October 27, 2021
Enhanced Productivity with Text Expansion

This post is a reblog, originally published in the Audiovisual Division Part of the American Translators Association’s Deep Focus Newsletter, Issue 7 in 2020. It is reposted with permission from the author. I haven’t typed my full name or email address in years. Instead, I type abbreviations that get expanded after I type a punctuation mark or press a trigger key,…

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How to Use Your Website to Get Translation Clients

By Next Level | October 13, 2021
How to Use Your Website to Get Translation Clients

This is a summary post from Tess Whitty’s ebook Quick Start Guide: 10 Steps to an Optimized Website, published in 2019. Having a website is one of the best ways to maximize your online presence. Your website serves as the hub for all your marketing activities and is a good place to store information about your products and services. When…

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Scams and Default to Truth

By Next Level | September 29, 2021
Scams and Default to Truth

This post is a reblog, originally published on the Austin Area Translators & Interpreters Association blog. It is reposted with permission from the author. If you’d walk into a major bookstore today, one of the first books you see on display will have Malcolm Gladwell’s name on it. In one of his books, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know…

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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:…

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

By Next Level | July 12, 2021
When School Comes Home: Making Room in the Day for Distance Learning

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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