Month: May 2011

Some thoughts on volume discounts

I get lots of questions from beginning and experienced translators about volume discounts (charging a lower per-word or hourly rate for larger projects). I actually think that after “how much should I charge?”, “should I offer a volume discount” might be the second most frequently-asked question that I see. Here are a few thoughts, and feel …

Online course/Lexiophiles awards

A couple of announcements from the Thoughts on Translation world headquarters: The next session of my popular online course Getting Started as a Freelance Translator starts on Monday, and I have 3 spots left. This is a ground-up course for people with little or no experience as freelancers: you receive 6 PDF lessons, each including a …

What's next for Skype?

Out in the Twittersphere, reaction to Microsoft’s purchase of Skype (what else do you do when you have $8.5 billion burning a hole in your pocket? Buy Skype!) seemed divided between a few points of view: Microsoft bought Skype so that Google or Facebook couldn’t buy it This could be good: Skype is a great tool …

ATA-TCD wrapup

I just returned from the mid-year conference of the American Translators Association Translation Company Division, which was held this past weekend in Washington, DC. This was without a doubt one of the best conferences I’ve attended; huge kudos to TCD Administrator Rina Ne’eman and Assistant Administrator Grant Hamilton for their incredible work to organize the event! …