When you joined ATA, you tapped into great networking and professional development opportunities. Are you making the most of them? In this webinar, we will help you mine the wealth of knowledge in past ATA Chronicle issues and learn how to network, find clients, and get the mentoring you need. Learn how to specialize and stand out in the crowd. Make your ATA membership work for you!
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About the Presenters
Naomi Sutcliffe de Moraes is an ATA director, chair of ATA’s Translation and Computers Committee, and treasurer of the Portuguese Language Division. Mary David is ATA’s Membership Benefits and Project Development Manager.
Part 1: Increase Income
To get more work, build relationships with other translators. To get more money for the work you do, learn more about the business and specialize. Become a better translator. (We all can improve!) Work for more direct clients.
- How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator (Corinne McKay, CT)
- Getting There Is the Fun of It! Janice Becker. The ATA Chronicle 32, no. 1 (January): 37-39, 51
- E-mail Marketing for Translators Jill R. Sommer. The ATA Chronicle 38, no. 6 (June): 12-15
- Grow Your Client Base, Increase Your Rates, and Make LSPs Love You: A How-to Terena Bell, Madalena Sánchez. The ATA Chronicle 38, no. 3 (March): 12-15
- Résumé Writing for Freelancers Beth Podrovitz and Jiri Stejskal. The ATA Chronicle 35, no. 2 (February 2006): 16-18
- Effective Freelancer Résumés Marian S. Greenfield, Teresa S. Waldes. The ATA Chronicle 31, no. 11 (November/December 2002): 19
- ATA Client Outreach Kit
- The ATA Chronicle: Business Smarts Series
To ensure you get paid, vet translation agencies/companies before you accept the job.
- Payment Practices—25% discount for ATA members
- The Translator Client Review List
- Ensuring Payment Ted R. Wozniak. The ATA Chronicle 34, no. 4 (April 2005): 19-22, 27
- And Furthermore … Still More Things Freelance Translators Can Do to Ensure Payment Wendy Griswold. The ATA Chronicle 34, no. 11 (December 2005): 19-20
- Dun and Bradstreet Collection Services—ATA business-sponsored service
Part 2: Build Relationships
- Never Eat Alone Keith Ferrazzi. Crown Business publisher (February 22, 2005)
Part 3: Learn
- ATA Division Liservs
- ATA Business Practices Community
- ATA Annual Conferences
- ATA Professional Development Seminars
Resources: Formal Training
Resources: Translation Tools
- Jost Zetzsche’s Translator’s Tool Box and The Tool Kit
- Jost Zetzsche’s Translators Training
- ATA Language Technology Division
- Taking the Plunge: Part 1 Naomi Sutcliffe de Moraes. The ATA Chronicle 36, no. 6 (June): 29-31
- Taking the Plunge: Part 2 Naomi Sutcliffe de Moraes. The ATA Chronicle 36, no. 7 (July) : 34-37
To Do List
- Create/update your professional listing in ATA directory
- Plan your marketing strategy
- Become a voting member
- Volunteer for a division
- Write an article
- Propose a talk
- Start vetting your clients
- Meet people—especially in person
- Interact with people—volunteer, follow-up
- Make friends—be helpful
- What questions do you have about the profession?
- Where can you find the answers?
- Who might have the answers?
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