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The Savvy Newcomer aims to serve newcomers to the translation and interpreting professions by publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed content on a weekly basis. We strive to provide you with the answers to the many questions you face as a new or aspiring translator or interpreter.

How to Use Video to Attract New Clients to Your Website

By The Savvy Newcomer | January 10, 2023

This post was originally published on Successful Freelance Translator. It is reposted with permission. Hey, guys! Many of us have personal websites (if no, check one of my posts to learn why you should) and you may wonder how to attract new visitors and convert them into clients. In this posts, I will show you how to use video to attract new clients to your website. Content Marketing In short, I use content marketing as one of the approaches for this purpose. Today a lot of people use search engines to learn about products or services before buying something. The approach…

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Savvy Diversification Series – Copyediting 101: What It Is, What It’s Not, and Who Needs It

By The Savvy Newcomer | July 12, 2022
Savvy Diversification Series – Copyediting 101: What It Is, What It's Not, and Who Needs It

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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The Devil is in the Details: Why You Need to Start Using a Corpus to Localize and Translate Better

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 28, 2022
The Devil is in the Details: Why You need to Start Using a Corpus

This post was originally published on Ana Lis Salotti Translations. It is reposted with permission. Do you know what a CORPUS is? Have you ever used a corpus before in your translation career? Have you ever felt stuck with a simple phrase in your source language and can’t find an equivalent that runs as smoothly as your original? If you…

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Healthy Relationships with Translation Agencies and Project Managers

By The Savvy Newcomer | June 7, 2022
Healthy Relationships with Translation Agencies and Project Managers

This post was originally published on A Translator Thinking Outside the Box. It is reposted with permission. December’s always been a crazy month for me. Work pours in ahead of the Holiday Season, the house and the pool get more crowded and noisy than usual with my two teenage boys out of school, not to mention preparations for Christmas’ Eve,…

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Editing Translations: Tips for Cultivating a Collaborative Mindset

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 31, 2022
Editing Translations: Tips for Cultivating a Collaborative Mindset

Most translators I know also work as editors. There seems to be an industry assumption that translators do both by default. This makes sense, of course: the translator-turned-editor knows the source and target languages and is also an excellent reader and writer. However, revising one’s own work is different from revising someone else’s. And without training or clear expectations for…

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Make Yourself Ridiculously Referrable

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 24, 2022
Make Yourself Ridiculously Referrable

This post was originally published on the 15 Minute Freelancer Podcast. It is republished with permission.  Tell me, is there any better feeling as a freelancer than getting that little ping in your inbox from someone saying they need someone who provides your services, and they heard from someone else that you were the number one person to ask? I…

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Global Talent Networking Session: Acing the Application Process Edition

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 17, 2022
GALA Global Talent Networking Event

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is planning a series of events for students on soft skills. The second event is May 20th and focuses on interviewing and CV prep. Standout as a Job Candidate Are you ready for a career in the language industry? Students and new professionals are invited to learn how to create a compelling CV and…

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Self-Published Authors: Another Option for Literary Translation

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 10, 2022
Self-Published Authors: Another Option for Literary Translation

A lot of us first became interested in translation because we wanted to translate books, or more specifically, novels. Even if we ended up specializing in marketing, insurance, or patent translation, we never quite gave up that literary dream. The thing is, if you don’t already have a track record as a literary translator, the chances of a publisher emailing…

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ATA’s Back to Business Basics – Entrepreneurial Habits for Freelance Translators and Interpreters

By The Savvy Newcomer | May 3, 2022
Entrepreneurial Habits for Freelance Translators and Interpreters

ATA launched its new Back to Business Basics webinar series in September 2020. These webinars focus on a small, practical piece of business advice for translators and interpreters at different stages of their careers. The series quickly became popular: there are usually a few hundred people attending each live session. Members can access these webinars free of charge, and non-members can purchase each…

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Savvy Diversification Series – Offering Consulting Services to Other Freelancers

By The Savvy Newcomer | April 26, 2022
Savvy Diversification Series – Offering consulting services to other freelancers

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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Should Translators Work for Free?

By The Savvy Newcomer | April 19, 2022

This post was originally published on Holly-Anne Whyte’s blog. It is reposted here with permission. I work in the international development sector so this question is very close to my heart. I know that my clients do fantastic work and do, in some cases, rely on volunteers to make that work happen. But the very fact that my clients work…

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