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Savvy Diversification Series – Online Language Teaching

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 22, 2021

The Savvy Newcomer team has been taking stock of the past year and finding that one key priority for many freelance translators and interpreters has been diversification. Offering multiple services in different sectors or to different clients can help steady us when storms come. Diversification can help us hedge against hard times. With this in mind, we’ve invited a series of guest authors to write about the diversified service offerings that have helped their businesses to thrive, in the hopes of inspiring you to branch out into the new service offerings that may be right for you! When the pandemic…

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Getting Started: 10 Tips

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 1, 2021

This post originally appeared on Translation Times and it is republished with permission. We oftentimes get questions about how to get started in the profession, and that’s a long answer. Actually, part of this blog is dedicated to answering precisely that question, and we have a long list of articles that we’ve marked for beginners. However, a dear friend of…

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Savvy Diversification Series – From Text Translator to Film Subtitler in Just a Few Months

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 25, 2021

The Savvy Newcomer team has been taking stock of the past year and finding that one key priority for many freelance translators and interpreters has been diversification. Offering multiple services in different sectors or to different clients can help steady us when storms come. Diversification can help us hedge against hard times. With this in mind, we’ve invited a series…

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Setting a Fair Price: It’s All about You

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 18, 2021

This post originally appeared on The ATA Chronicle and it is republished with permission. We are freelancers. We don’t need to maximize profits for invisible stockholders, who tend to only care about their dividends or capital gains and not a whit about language or what we do. For us, the definition of being rich is not to want for anything.…

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Savvy Diversification Series – Translator Training

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 11, 2021

The Savvy Newcomer team has been taking stock of the past year and finding that one key priority for many freelance translators and interpreters has been diversification. Offering multiple services in different sectors or to different clients can help steady us when storms come. Diversification can help us hedge against hard times. We’ve invited a series of guest authors to…

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The Translator as an Editor

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 4, 2021

This post originally appeared on The ATA Chronicle and it is republished with permission. When it comes to reviewing copy, translators are often at what I like to refer to as “the very end of the line.” By the time copy is deemed ready for translation, it has usually been reviewed and edited by a plethora of people, including a…

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Savvy Diversification Series – Monolingual Editing

By The Savvy Newcomer | April 27, 2021

The Savvy Newcomer team has been taking stock of the past year and finding that one key priority for many freelance translators and interpreters has been diversification. Offering multiple services in different sectors or to different clients can help steady us when storms come. Diversification can help us hedge against hard times. With this in mind, we’ve invited a series…

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Four Myths about ATA’s Certification Exam

By The Savvy Newcomer | April 20, 2021

This post originally appeared on The ATA Chronicle and it is republished with permission. ATA’s certification exam was instituted in 1973. Its purpose is “to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify translators who demonstrate professional level translation skills.”1 Every year, a large number of professional translators and aspiring translators take the exam in one of the 27 language…

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Language Access in the Spotlight – Meet Yasmin Al-Kashef & Piyawee Ruenjinda

By The Savvy Newcomer | April 13, 2021

As we are all trying to navigate our way through the disruptive changes that have taken place in our lives in the past year, it is particularly important to highlight the efforts of those making a difference in the day-to-day. In this article, the focus will be on two interpreters from Oregon working on language-related initiatives within their communities and…

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Small Talk Tips for Translators

By The Savvy Newcomer | April 6, 2021

This post originally appeared on The ATA Chronicle and it is republished with permission. The old industry adage might be spot on: most interpreters are fairly extroverted, while most translators tend to be introverts. That’s an oversimplification and I know that there are always many exceptions, but during my years in the industry, I’ve noticed that translators struggle more with…

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ATA’s Back to Business Basics – Effective and Pitch-Perfect Marketing during and after COVID-19

By The Savvy Newcomer | March 30, 2021

Marketing is a task that even experienced translators and interpreters dread, and it can feel especially daunting during difficult times, like the current pandemic and financial crisis. Should you still be marketing your services to clients? And if so, how can you do that without coming off as salesy and opportunistic? What if your clients are in an industry that…

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