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The perfect present for a freelance translator has arrived! Mox: Illustrated Guide to Freelance Translation by Alejandro Moreno-Ramos is a must-have for all the translators out there with a sense of humor who are also willing to take some time to reflect on the actors in the translation industry and the role each of them plays. It is very likely that you will also pick your favorite and least favorite characters in Mox’s book (chances are you will find some similarities between yourself and at least one of them).
Apart from numerous hilarious first-ever-published cartoons the book features thirteen articles by the following renowned freelance translators:
So if you are a translator and you have not written your letter yet, make sure you add this item to your list.
You’ll have a fun holiday season!
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Christmas and New Year’s eve are just around the corner. Are you planning to work during the holiday season? Are you ready to receive a last-minute job offer?
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What’s your reaction to this drawing? Do you think it portrays a truth about freelancing and freelance translators interpreters? Is it a myth? Share your opinion!
Also see this comic strip in Spanish.
Have you been there? Do you think that this is an accurate description of a day in a freelance translator’s life? Is it a myth or an exaggeration maybe? Is there some truth in this description?
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“In computing, a keyboard shortcut is a sequence or combination of keystrokes on a computer keyboard which invokes commands in software. Some keyboard shortcuts require the user to press a single key or a sequence of keys one after the other. Other keyboard shortcuts require pressing and holding several keys simultaneously.” Wikipedia
Using shortcuts in your work will undoubtedly help you become more productive. At first it requires a conscious effort to start using them and remember them but with time their use becomes a reflex.
I have adopted a few which I use on a daily basis. However, I’d like to start using some more as they help me optimize my time and increase my productivity.
Below there is a list of links to useful articles with detailed examples of existing keyboard shortcuts that you can easily start using in your daily computing tasks:
Some translators still seem reluctant when it comes to using social networks as a marketing tool for their businesses (see these ProZ.com‘s poll results from 2009 and 2010). Some are testing the waters, and others have already become adept at leveraging key networks with good results.
Social networking communities provide an opportunity for you to contribute your opinions, interests, and skills on the Internet. They can help you recover, maintain, and build your professional business network. Among the most frequently cited benefits of using social media as a marketing tool for your business are:
Other benefits of social networks include:
Of course, it is important to start on the right foot. Here are some tips that may help you have a pleasant online experience:
And remember, social networks can be your diary, your address book, a daily newspaper, your online ad and more. It is up to you.