Women’s Day 2020

Hi everyone!

We have just celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day, and we are still celebrating Women’s History Month.

But it feels like a day or even a whole month is not enough to appreciate the awesomeness of women.

I pride myself on knowing amazing women, including my mother and my closest friends. Without each other’s support, we’d be not standing where we are today.

Women are referred to as the “weak sex,” but there’s no weak bone in our bodies. We are stronger than we seem, even amid our tears. We believe in change and in becoming better persons.

We want to share and spread our happiness with everyone around us and be a beacon of light for those in darkness.

But we also need that light, that encouragement from other women in our lives. We need the inspiration of those trailblazers who opened doors and paths for us, as we continue in their footsteps for the future generations.

We are hardworking, loyal, sensitive, all wrapped into one. We are free to live our lives as we see fit and fight to make sure our rights are granted and respected.

We lose loved ones and battles along the way, but we don’t lose hope. We keep going nonstop for as long as it takes.

We give away our hearts completely, even to those who don’t deserve them, but we don’t let that discourage us. We mend, we heal, we move on.

I am proud to be a woman, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Share with the women and men in your life; let’s all stand together!

3 Tips for Freelance Translators

Hello everyone!

This time I want to give you some tips I’ve learned along the way about being a freelance translator.

I probably don’t have the answers to everything, but I thought I could give some advice, from my own experience to those struggling to be freelance translators.

One of the first things you need to learn as a freelance worker (translator or otherwise), is to be disciplined, primarily if you work from home. The transition from working in an office to working at home can be difficult if you don’t commit yourself to a routine.

So, let’s talk a bit more about discipline:

You need to set a schedule. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean that you can slack around. Establishing a program will help you commit to your work.

Avoid distractions. You are bound to get distracted when working at home, so you need to find a private space where you can focus. You should also keep away any distractions like your phone (for no business-related matters), tablets, games, etc.

Make sure you have everything you need in your space. This will help you avoid more distractions by getting up and look for something and you end up being gone for more time than you should have.

Now let’s move to being organized.

Before you start your day, make sure that you have a plan for it. I know things can change out of nowhere, but having a schedule helps you to accommodate better anything that was not planned for the day.

What are your tasks for each day? What should you accomplish by the end of the week? Writing all this down will make you feel you have more control over your work and your goals. You can do this on your computer calendar, or if you prefer, in a notebook.

By the end of the week, you should go through your daily and weekly plans. Mark as done those you accomplished, and make sure to reschedule the ones that you weren’t able to meet for the next week. This won’t take long and it will help you stay focused on your goals.

My third and final tip, for today, is being persistent.

Set your goals and your plan to achieve them. This will help you to figure out what actions you need to take.

Starting in this business is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work, rejections, and failures, but you will learn a lot from this, and you need to turn the negative things into positive learnings.

Don’t give up. Sometimes, especially when you’re not landing any projects, you’ll undoubtedly feel like quitting. But this happens to everyone. It occurred to me, and now I can assure you that my persistence paid off.

I might return with more tips; in the meantime, I hope you find these helpful. Also, check out my blog posts about What Not to Do with Clients and How to Say No

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Social Media for Translators

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well. Recently I have started using social media in a more professional way to promote my services as a translator.

I opened an Instagram business account for starters. I must admit that although I am not a huge fan of social media, I have rather enjoyed creating new content every day to post on this account. I thought I would not find enough material to publish, but it is incredible how many tools you can find to help you do this.

I have been using apps like Canva and Later. I especially love Canva! They offer so many amazing designs and they are so easy to edit and use! You can visit my account @translation_expert

And, although I started the account in order to get more clients, and therefore, more work, it has also been a great way to connect with colleagues around the world! I still haven’t really found new clients, but I know it takes time to get your brand to be truly noticed and I have been at it less than a month.

So, my journey will continue…and shall I dare to use Facebook? Only time will tell 🙂 but I’d love to hear your comments about how social media is working for you, and any pointers you may have.

Have a wonderful day!