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ATA64 Conference Preview: Business Practices Education at ATA64

By Next Level | October 18, 2023

In about a week, ATA’s annual conference will begin, this year in sunny Miami, Florida. As always, attendees will have to choose how to split their time among networking opportunities, social activities, job-hunting, and educational sessions. With so many options and so little time, how do you choose? You could just wander the halls and drop in on any session that sounds interesting. Or you could throw darts at a printout of the sessions and attend the ones you hit. But to make the most of a conference experience, making a plan is your best bet. I tried planning for…

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Understanding Worker Classification: The ABC Test, Misclassification, and Tips for Professionalizing Your Language Services Business

By Next Level | September 20, 2023
Understanding Worker Classification The ABC Test, Misclassification, and Tips for Professionalizing Your Language Services Business

Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only. Consult a reputable professional for financial, legal, and tax advice related to your situation. Translators, Interpreters, and Worker Classification: Why Now? Translators and interpreters have existed ever since humans have spoken and written. The first recorded proof of language interpretation dates back to Ancient Egypt in 3000 B.C.E. If translators and interpreters…

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How to Make More Money Fast – the 80/20 Principle for Freelance Translators

By Next Level | August 9, 2023
How to Make More Money Fast – the 80/20 Principle for Freelance Translators

This post is a reblog, originally published on Marketing Tips for Translators. It is reposted with permission from the author. Do You Know the Easiest Way to Make More Money Right Now, With the Least Effort? I often listen to audiobooks through Audible on my phone when walking the dog, exercising or driving in the car. I recently started listening…

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A Bid Too Far – On Reaching For and Losing Projects

By Next Level | June 28, 2023
A bid too far – On reaching for and losing projects

This post is a reblog, originally published on Tip of the Tongue. It is republished with permission from the author. The question of when a price proposal is too high is quite complex. Last week, I submitted a bid for a specialized service to an experienced professional. In my proposal, I took into account my investments in terms of time…

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The Scammers’ New Clothes

By Next Level | June 14, 2023
The Scammers' New Clothes

I may be wrong, but scam activities seem to be inversely proportional to the economic cycle. Whenever there is the threat of an economic downturn, there seems to be an uptick in scam activities. At least that’s what I have noticed in my own business and in my capacity as webmaster of the Northern California Translators Association (NCTA). Therefore, I…

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Impressive Time Management for Translators: The Time Diet

By Next Level | May 24, 2023
Impressive Time Management for Translators: The Time Diet

This post is a reblog, originally published on Productivity Stacks. It is republished with permission from the author. Do you often feel like your business is running you instead of the other way around? Do you wonder why you constantly feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? This is your chance to figure out where your time is…

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5 Tedious Non-Translation Tasks ChatGPT Can Do Amazingly Well

By Next Level | May 10, 2023
5 Tedious Non-Translation Tasks ChatGPT Can Do Amazingly Well

Odds are you’ve heard the hype around the futuristic artificial intelligence-based tool currently taking the world by storm. But what is it and what can it really do for translators? The answers may surprise you. What is ChatGPT? ChatGPT is a large language model (LLM) designed and developed by OpenAI to generate human-like responses to prompts. LLMs are a type…

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How to Plan Large Projects to Minimize Stress

By Next Level | April 19, 2023
How to plan large projects to minimize stress

This post is a reblog, originally published in the Tool Box Journal on September 16, 2022. It is republished with permission from the author. Large work projects can be a boon and a bane for a freelance business. It’s exciting to have a large chunk of income to look forward to, but accommodating parallel work volumes from other clients can…

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Get More Done as a Freelance Translator – How to Plan Your Work and Become More Productive

By Next Level | March 15, 2023
Get More Done as a Freelance Translator How to Plan Your Work and Become More Productive

This post is a reblog, originally published on Marketing Tips for Translators. It is republished with permission of the author. Scheduling and planning are fundamentally important things to consider if you hope to build an effective freelance career. In any field, time management is of the utmost importance. If you are a freelance translator, your productivity – and therefore your…

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Should You Start a Translation Agency?

By Next Level | February 15, 2023
Should You Start a Translation Agency

You have been freelancing as a translator for a few years now, and you have settled into a good rhythm. You have some steady clients and are feeling confident in your abilities. You start to wonder: should I be starting my own translation agency? Is that the next step? You might notice colleagues going this route: incorporating as a business,…

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8 COVID-Era Online Language Practice Sites

By Next Level | January 25, 2023
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This post is a reblog, originally published on Carlie Sitzman’s blog. It is republished with permission of the author. As they venture off into unknown realms of the internet, some language learners may become overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of offerings out there. What works? What doesn’t? Where am I likely to run into personages with dubious motives? This week,…

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