Health insurance for US-based freelancers

Note: this post originally appeared as a newsletter to my mailing list, but I received so much feedback on it that I decided to publish it here as well. Thanks to all the readers who responded with your own stories about health insurance! Here in the US, it’s health insurance open enrollment time, which means that …

“I feel like a cog in the machine!”–What to do?

Here’s an issue that several readers have asked about lately: What to do when a client treats you like a cog in the machine? A podcast listener recently referred to this as “dehumanization” in our profession. Examples may include: Applying to work with a client without ever interacting with a human–the application process is a series …

Guest post: Client-side conferences as a marketing tool

This is a guest post by Michèle Hansen, a French to English translator specializing in medical, global health, and international development translations. Michèle took my direct client marketing course a while back, and has since capitalized on her love of continuing education (and travel!) to build her direct client business by attending client-side conferences and educational …

ProZ Community Choice awards: thank you!

Thank you to everyone who nominated or voted for my blog and books in this year’s ProZ Community Choice awards. The winners have been announced, and I’m excited to see that Thoughts on Translation won for best blog about translation, and Finding and Marketing to Translation Agencies won for best book about translation. After almost 11 …

2019 courses open for registration

I’m excited to announce that my Winter/Spring 2019 online courses are open for registration. Ahead of this “semester,” I surveyed my subscribers and asked what you’d like to learn about. You answered, and the lineup reflects the four most popular choices, plus my flagship course for beginning translators. All courses are four weeks long, $365 early …

New podcast: ATA59 wrapup

Eve Bodeux and I released a new episode of Speaking of Translation this week. It’s a wrapup of last month’s 59th annual American Translators Association conference. We discuss our favorite sessions at the conference, how the conference is planned, and some tips for anyone who’s never attended an ATA conference and would like to. Here it …

Marketing to Direct Clients: starts Monday

The next session of my online course Marketing to Direct Clients starts Monday. We have a good group signed up, and there’s room for three more people. This is a four-week class for translators in any language combination, and includes self-paced videos, live question and answer sessions, and individual feedback on four homework assignments. Registration is …

Freelancing parents: looking for feedback

I’m still recovering from spending all of last week in New Orleans at the 59th annual ATA conference, so here’s a topic for all of you while I catch up on work and sleep: A colleague is weighing the options for working (or not) with small children, and specifically whether to take a sabbatical (stop working …

Sidelines: Smart business strategy, or distraction?

One of my all-time favorite quotes about freelancing comes from Walt Kania of The Freelancery: “Multiple prongs of income is a fine thing. (…) A few prongs is good. With twelve prongs you have a manure fork.” The question for us as freelancers is: Where do we cross the line between multiple prongs and the manure …

Speaking of Translation: Ask Us Anything

Speaking of Translation recently recorded an Ask Us Anything podcast episode. Thanks to all of our listeners who submitted topics for us to cover. Here’s the lineup: -How do translation partnerships work? How do the hosts of Speaking of Translation work together? -How can translators maintain skills in their second (third, etc.) languages that they don’t …