Have you ever used AI-assisted designing tools? Well, today I want to talk to you about a designing tool I discovered recently, called Designs.AI.
As the name suggests, this desktop tool uses Artificial Intelligence to create different designs by just choosing your favorite colors, fonts, graphics, etc.
The services they offer are these:
With Logomaker, you can generate hundreds of logo variations tailored to your brand, and create an entire branding kit with the help of AI.
It is as easy as writing the name of your brand and select the font and color scheme you like. You also get to choose the design of the logo and whether you want to add a motto or catchphrase to it.
Logomaker will automatically generate hundreds of options for you to scroll through and choose the ones you like the most and make any changes to them until you find the logo that is right for your brand.
Experience AI-powered text-to-video tool. Generate stunning videos easily with the intelligent online Videomaker. No installation is required.
Simply input your text or URL for a video. You’ll have millions of videos and images to choose from.
Get videos made with voiceovers in ten different languages and make changes to your video using their user-friendly editor.
Font Pairer: Choose the best font combination for your designs.
Graphic Maker: Customize illustrations to match your brand identity.
Color Matcher: Easily generate thousands of beautiful color palettes.
Calendar: Includes a complete calendar of all social media holidays, so you don’t miss a thing!
You can try all of these for free but you have to pay for the Logomaker and Videomaker. They offer different subscriptions, including one which you can pay as you go. That means that you only pay for the design you are working on right now, without having to make any monthly payments.
They also offer blog posts with tips and more information about their tools, including some promotions and freebies!
Click on any of the banners in this post to find out more about Designs.AI and whether it can help you with your branding. I’d love to know if you use it and what do you think of it, so don’t be shy and leave me a comment.
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Today I want to share some of the apps and tools I use to design, edit, and schedule my social media posts.
I post daily on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn, I use the same post for the three platforms. I also publish daily at least one Story on Instagram and Facebook, and at least two blog posts each month.
But this is not an easy task; it is like having another job on top of my translation work! This is why I use some apps and tools that help me make it a lot easier to deal with, and I hope it helps you the same way in case you are not using them or other similar ones already.
So, let’s get started!
First, I want to talk about design/edit apps:
This is, by far, my favorite designing/editing app. I only started using it when I opened my IG business account, and it is the best thing I ever discovered!
I have a free account, not a premium one, but still, Canva offers tons of great designs and elements that you can use to make them your own.
It is definitely user friendly, and you can start designing right away. I highly recommend it.
This is another great app for designing posts. It doesn’t offer as many options as Canva with a free account, but you can make the most of it.
It is straightforward to use, and one thing that Adobe Spark offers for free that Canva doesn’t is that you can resize the design you chose! This is a big deal because you might find a design that you love, but it’s not originally in the size you wanted. When that happens, you just go to the “resize” option and pick from the menu the size you want, and voilà! It is ready!
I haven’t used Over that much, but even as a free user, you can find a high number of fantastic designs both for regular posts and Stories. I might start using it more, so keep an eye on my Stories for some changes.
I use InShot mainly for creating videos out of images. This is the one I use to create my top nine posts videos every month! It is effortless to use, and you can add different effects, stickers, and music.
This is the one I use for making my IGTV videos based on my blog posts! Lumen5 uses AI to create videos from a link to your blog post or a script. The result is excellent but you still can edit it after the AI finishes creating it. You can change the media, the captions, music, and pretty much every element until you are satisfied with your video, and it’s for free! There’s a premium account, but I haven’t needed to use it.
This one is mainly for IG Stories. It adds movement and music to your stories. The free version offers many templates that you can work with to add a little extra something to your Stories.
This one, I also use it mainly for IG Stories, but you can use it for other posts since it offers different sizes for their templates. Their designs are immaculate and easy to edit and adapt to your needs.
Now, let’s talk about scheduling apps!
This one by far is my favorite scheduling app! The free version lets you post to three different social media accounts, and you get 30 free posts per month! It has a very user-friendly interface, and what I like the most is that you can schedule the post for the three different accounts at the same time! You don’t need to schedule the content for each social media account separately unless you are using different materials.
Later is the first one I tried. It is nice, but the free version doesn’t offer as much as Hootsuite does. The main issue for me is that you can’t schedule the same post on the three accounts at the same time! You have to schedule them one by one, which takes more time.
This one is only for IG, and I’ve used it for scheduling big square posts because it lets you see the post beforehand and check if the order of the images is correct. You can use it to schedule Stories posts, but only if you join the premium plan.
Creator Studio (from Facebook)
This one is only for IG and FB, and it is free. The only issue I’ve encountered with it is that sometimes it doesn’t publish your scheduled posts either on IG or FB, so you need to go into the account and post it manually, which is what you were looking to avoid in the first place. It is suitable for being free, but if you decide to use it, beware that it might not work correctly sometimes, so be prepared for it.
Finally, let’s talk about Project Management tools (yes, Project Management for social media!).
Asana is a fantastic Project Management tool. I was introduced to Asana through #FluentU since this is the PM tool they use for work, and it never occurred to me that I could use it for managing my social media posts until Elise Darma made a video about it! Then it hit me…this is a great idea!
You can create projects and tasks within those projects and give them different layouts. For my “Social Media Posts Project,” I use the “board” layout because it allows you to see all of your posts in one place! This is helpful for when you are planning your content, and you can go back and check if you already used a particular image, quote, or post. For each post, I create a task, and there I include the image or video to be used, as well as the caption and hashtags. Then when I schedule my posts on Hootsuite, I only have to copy/paste the caption and look for the image in my PC, and it’s ready to go!
You can also create templates. I have one for my blog posts, in which I have included all the steps necessary to publish my new blog, so when I am working on a new blog, I only duplicate the template into my “Blog Posts Project,” change the title and add due dates for each step or subtask. Asana sends you reminders for the tasks you have to accomplish each day until you finish the primary task (in this case, the new blog post), and then you mark the task as complete, and that’s it!
Do you use any of these apps and tools, and what has been your experience with them? Do you use other apps and tools not mentioned here? Let me know in the comments; I’d love to hear about your experiences and maybe about new apps and tools that I haven’t tried yet! Also, don’t hesitate to contact me through the contact form below, in case you want to know more about these apps and tools and how to use them.
I don’t know about you, but I love to learn new things and improve my languages, translation, and marketing knowledge.
There are great and free resources online that we can use to learn more. Here are some examples of the ones I use.
Podcasts are such a great free resource for getting tips for your business. As a translator, I find them helpful. They have provided me with such incredible insight, and it’s always great to hear about the experiences of other translators.
My favorite podcasts are:
Smart Habits for Translators
Marketing Tips for Translators
Freelancers & Entrepreneurs by Paul Urwin
You can find them all on different podcast platforms like Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
There are thousands of free webinars out there that you can watch either live or recorded, with incredible content. You just have to search for the subjects you’d like to learn more.
When it comes to marketing, specifically for Instagram, I love Elise Darma’s videos. They are short but packed with useful information. I could say that almost everything I know about IG marketing, I learned it from Elise! You can find her videos on IGTV and YouTube.
Of course, I also look for webinars about translation. There are great ones on ProZ TV, both recorded ones and live ones. ProZ is always putting together live webinars for translators that talk about current issues and how to improve yourself.
I recently started participating in webinars organized by Tess Whitty and Virginia Katsimpiri. Virginia has a Facebook page group; she mentors translators to get better at what we do. Tess focuses more on marketing for translators; she has a vast experience in that field and knows how to apply it for translators.
Other sources of free webinars are Later and Hootsuite.
Not the same as webinars, they refer to longer courses (with several lessons) that you can take on different subjects.
I just finished a Digital Marketing course at Shaw Academy. I took and advantage of the free month you get when you subscribe, precisely the time I needed for the eight lessons (two per week) of the course.
I think the primary free resource for tutorials is YouTube. With millions of videos at your disposal, you are sure to find a tutorial that interests you.
From how to use Google Ads to how to set up your Wi-Fi router, there is no excuse for not learning something new with all the content available. The only problem might be where to start? Just make sure that you search for content that interests you.
Can you think of more free learning resources for translators and freelancers in general? If so, leave the information in the comments, and I will share them on the following blog post.
I hope you find this information useful, and don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog!
So, nothing has changed much since my last post. Most of us are still in quarantine because of Covid-19, and this might continue for a while.
Which brings the question: What to do during the quarantine?
There’s plenty to do, depending on everyone’s circumstances, but here is a list of things that have helped me through this time.
I’m lucky enough to be a freelance translator and to have been working from home for over two years. This means I didn’t need any time to adapt to remote work, but I’m sure this not the case for everyone.
Regardless, it is vital to fall into your work-from-home routine. Make sure to work as if you were in the office (same schedule), don’t waste too much time and set daily tasks and goals.
Remember that you’re not a remote worker, you are just trying your best to work from home due to extraordinary circumstances.
Being at home all day could make you fall into bad habits, like eating unhealthy snacks. I know this one is hard to follow, but make sure to have plenty of healthy snacks like fruit, yogurt, and nuts. Also, drink lots of water.
Whether you had a workout routine or not before the quarantine, you should start one. Working from home is very sedentary, so we need to move! It doesn’t have to be something too complicated or elaborate, just standing up to stretch out and walking around the house can get your heart rate going.
This one is for those of you who like to read. I love to read, and lately, I’ve also been listening to audiobooks, which you can do while you work out or take a break. If you enjoy reading, I highly recommend Scribd, it has a wide selection of books and audiobooks, and it offers a 30-day trial period.
Catching up with podcasts, webinars, and tutorials
Do you need to catch up with lots of podcast episodes? Have you been putting off some beneficial webinars and tutorials? Then go ahead and start catching up with them, you’ll probably learn some interesting tips related to your industry while being entertained.
Video chatting with family and friends
Being apart doesn’t mean not communicating with our loved ones. We have plenty of apps to choose from to video chat with anyone in the world, so use them and make sure to stay in touch and show love.
If you are spending the quarantine with family, make sure to spend time with them, you could play games, watch movies, play in the garden or outside if allowed.
Also, remember this is not a productivity challenge; you don’t have to do right now everything you haven’t been able to do. You also need to rest, so take it easy.
This won’t last forever, so let’s try to make the best out of it! You should check out my previous blog post Work in the Time of Covid-19 to learn more about remote work during this pandemic.
Until next time, stay safe, and don’t forget to subscribe!
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!
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 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.