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Managing Personal and Work Time

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk about how I manage my personal and work time each day.

When you work from home is not always easy to separate your personal and work time.

After working for almost three years as a freelance translator, I’d say that I’ve learned a few things about keeping my time separate.

The main thing is to mention is boundaries.

Yes, you need to set boundaries between your personal and work time if you want to succeed at have them separate.

If you live alone, this won’t be too difficult, but if you live with family or friends, this might get a bit tricky to implement.

The important thing is to designate your work area inside your home. You need to choose a working space that is a bit isolated, or that has a door.

It has to be big enough to have your desk, computer, printer, and everything else you need to carry out your work.

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The important thing is to make sure that everyone else in your house knows that your working space is off-limits during working hours. I know this might sound harsh, but they do need to respect your space.

Also, make sure to leave your phone away from your office space. Unless you know a client will call or text you, your phone will only serve as a distraction mainly from friends and family.

You can check any pending messages or return any missed calls during your lunch break or any other breaks you might have during your workday. You can also do this at the end of your day and dedicate more time to the task.

Many people you know might not take seriously the fact that you work from home. That’s why you need to show them that working from home as a freelancer is a real job, just like any other, and that you have working hours and cannot tend to personal issues during that time.

If you live with family or friends, you can still spend time with them during your lunch breaks and after business hours. It is not about having time for them; it is about having separate times for work and personal matters. This way, you’ll be able to accomplish all you need in a better way.

Once your work hours are over, make sure to turn off your computer and any other devices you use for work. Also, make sure that any work-related notifications are turned off on your phone. For example, if you work for an agency or a company and use a corporate chat app, make sure to set your availability to “away” and snooze the notifications so people know that you are done for the day and won’t send you anything until the next day.

If there is something urgent, they can still ping you or send you an email. It is not about ignoring your work-related matters, but you also need to set boundaries with your clients. Otherwise, they will think that they can contact you at any time, including after business hours and weekends.

We all need to rest! Sleep is so crucial to get the necessary rest before you start a new day. If you don’t get enough sleep, your performance won’t be the same, and you’ll feel tired and even grumpy. You can even get sick from not having enough sleep, so make sure to take care of yourself.

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We also need to eat and workout. This will give us the energy we need to perform our work and will make us feel healthy and confident.

Make sure to have all your meals, preferably at the same time every day, and a few healthy snacks during the day. Also, make sure to get up several times a day to stretch out and change your position before continuing to work. This will help us to feel a lot better, and when we feel good, we perform better.

Now an issue we all struggle with: to work or not work during the weekend.

When you are starting as a freelance translator is hard to say no to working after business hours and during weekends. After all, we do not want to lose any work; on the contrary, we need as much work as possible.

But as your workload starts to stabilize, you don’t need to burn yourself up anymore. You can and should set boundaries with your clients about your working hours and whether you are available or not during the weekends.

I am lucky not to need to work during the weekends, at least for the time being. Unless it is a highly urgent and important project from an excellent client, I won’t sacrifice my weekend by working.

My weekends are reserved for my family, loved ones and friends, and myself! We all need a little self-love and pampering! It is an excellent way to unwind after working hard all week. It can go from getting a face mask to reading a book to having a walk under the sun. Anything that makes you feel like you also matter!

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It’s not impossible to manage your personal and work life separately, and if you’d like to read more about what it is like to work as a freelancer, read my post Working from Home

Let me know if you have any tips for managing your personal and work time in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Until the next time, take care and be safe!

XX

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Design Tool

Hi everyone!

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:

LOGOMAKER

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.

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VIDEOMAKER

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.

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ASSISTIVE TOOLS

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.

Until next time, stay safe and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog!

XX

PS – A few weeks ago I published my post about Social Media Tools, through a great collaboration with Italian translator Alessia di Cunto, this post now has an Italian version! Here is the link to Alessia’s translation https://alessiadicuntotrad.wordpress.com/2020/08/24/strumenti-per-i-social-media/

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LinkedIn Strategy

Hello everyone!

This time around, I want to talk about LinkedIn. I’ve been using LinkedIn for a while now, even before I became a freelance translator. I must say I never paid much attention to it until now.

There is excellent potential to find new prospective clients on LinkedIn, but it’s not easy. Even though I post almost every day, so far, that has not translated (no pun intended!) into new clients.

I have connected with a great community of translators and interpreters, but this is not my only goal. I also want to reach new potential direct clients, and that’s where I need help.

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So, two weeks ago, I started a 4-week course with Virginia Katsimpiri that teaches you how to improve your LinkedIn profile in order to have a strategy to find new clients.

Before even getting into editing our profile, we needed to identify the following information:

  • Set our SMART goals
  • Define our target market
  • Create our USP definition
  • Create our ideal client avatar

These exercises have helped me a lot to understand my main goals and how to attain them. You can’t start working on marketing your brand if you have not defined your target market, your USP, and your ideal client avatar. Who do you want to work with? And why?

As for the profile itself, there are many helpful suggestions:

  • Use a professional photo (you can even get your photo analyzed to see how popular it is)
  • You can format your LinkedIn text
  • Your banner should include your logo.
  • There is a new feature called “highlights”; here you can add your website link so that any visitor to your profile can click on it and go directly to your website.
  • In your tagline, you should offer your services and use all the available characters.
  • The summary should be benefits-oriented. It would be best if you didn’t write your CV here; it should be about what you do and why you are good at it.
  • As for the work experience, make sure to include everything. Not just your experience as a freelance translator but also any previous experience working at something else. We learn from all our work experiences, so if you used to work in the administration field, you are going to be familiar with the terms related to the business industry, and that’s a plus.
  • It is essential to ask for recommendations! You can choose to show them in your profile, and that’s important because any client that might be interested in working with you will probably check this section very carefully.
  • LinkedIn has a really cool new feature! You can now record how your name is pronounced! I think this is a great feature because let’s face it, most of the time we don’t know how some names are pronounced. My name if one of them, so I like that now people who visit my profile can finally understand how to pronounce it!

I think that LinkedIn can be an excellent resource for making your business grow; it is all about having a strategy and reaching the right clients for you.

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There are still two weeks left of this great course, so I am yet to learn many more things about LinkedIn. Next week will be all about writing messages to your potential clients. What I also like about this course is that we get a Q&A live session every week, so you can ask Virginia all your doubts from the tasks you had to complete during the week. And you get to hear other participants’ questions, which can provide great insight.

Do you use LinkedIn? Have you found new clients by using it? Did you have a strategy, or did it just happen? I’d love to hear about your experiences with the platform.

And I would also love to know what you think about my profile! And if you have a LinkedIn account, go ahead and connect with me! Let’s help our community grow! Just make sure to mention on your invitation that you read my blog post so I can go ahead and accept it.

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Until next time, take care and stay safe!

XX

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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

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post and what content you’d like to see in my blog. Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe.

XX

 

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Freelance Websites

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing fine during this very long month of August.

Today I want to talk about the websites to find job as a freelance translator. I have tried several, but the ones that have worked best for me are Upwork, ProZ.com and TranslatorsCafe.

I don’t really like the fact that some of them charge you fees for different services, still you can find new potential clients there. And you can take the risk of working off the platforms, so you don’t get charged any fees, but again, this is a risk because you don’t really know who are you dealing with.

I am also registered in Freelancer.com, but that one has been for me the most difficult to get work on. They charge even to take the credentials exams and they give a really small amount of bids if you don’t use the paid version.

Which ones are you using? How are they working for you?

Until next time, let me wish you a happy weekend in advance!