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Communication Tools for Translators

Hi everyone!

Last week I wrote about desktop tools for translators. Today, I want to talk about communication tools.

Just like desktop tools, communication tools are very important for our day-to-day work.

Here are some of the most important ones:

Internet browsers. Chrome, Firefox, Safar, and Opera are the most used internet browsers. Other less known browsers like TOR Browser are also being used.

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Email software. Google’s version of browser-based email software is Gmail and it has everything you need. There are numerous other options when it comes to email such as Yahoo which are also great to use. Most usually use Gmail as there are other useful Google tools for translators that can be managed/used under the same account. Now, although Gmail is free and easy to use, I would recommend using an email with your domain name. It looks a lot more professional, and although Google has an option for this, there are other less expensive options like Zoho Mail.

Google Drive. There are so many ways you can use Google Drive, the main one being for safe storage. Drive is of great use as a collaboration tool as it allows you to share documents with others, thus making your life easier when it comes to sharing or working with others on the same project. There are other cloud-based storage options (which also allow sharing) like Dropbox, OneDrive, and iCloud.

Chat tools for translators. While there are a bunch of such tools online, the most used one is Skype. You can also use Gmail chat or Google Hangouts (which are easily accessible from your Gmail account). Other popular ones are Slack and Teams.

Password managers. Do you forget your passwords often and have to go through a lot of trouble recovering them? A password manager such as LastPass will be of great help for you as you can quickly login to any online account you have. Chrome also saves your passwords.

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Social media managers. As a freelance translator, you need to have a strong presence online if you want to get more jobs. Social media is of great use for marketing yourself but it can be a great time consumer. Software like HootSuite and Buffer are great tools for translators as they allow one to manage all social media accounts from one central location. I personally use Buffer because they still offer a good free version. HootSuite stopped offering a free version of their software.

Which of these tools do you already use? Have they helped you to increase your productivity? Please let me know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe!

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Until next time, stay safe and take care!


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