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Una D.

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  1. Hi! Yes, that's USD 250 for the full course. Let me know if you have any other questions! Best, Una
  2. Thanks for your comments, the course is due to start early to mid-October, running through to December. We're just organising a payment plan and dates, but the live webinars will be scheduled according to the participants' availability.
  3. Hello everyone! Many of you might know me from my webinars on Smartcat Academy. Based on these webinars and the discussions that followed, I’m planning to launch a paying online course to help aspiring translators who need a little more personalised guidance and motivation to set up their freelance translation business. The free webinars we recorded will still be available, but this course takes things a step further by including live group coaching and feedback sessions each week, as well as concrete tasks and worksheets to be completed. The aim is that each week, participants will be making specific steps towards becoming full-time freelance translators (and getting feedback and guidance on their progress from me). So it would be like participating in 8 weekly coaching sessions but at fraction of the price that individual coaching sessions would normally cost. I’d like to put some feelers out there and ask you, as part of the Smartcat Community: Would you be interested in attending such an exclusive, paid course? We’re still determining the specifics, but the idea is: The full course would cost $250. It would include 8 weekly sessions, to be completed before the end of the year, including: Pre-recorded, concise presentations (30 mins max.), one for each weekly topic, An online group coaching session with participants that includes discussions, feedback and specific advice (live with replay available), Tasks or worksheets to be completed by the participants each week and reviewed by me before the next session. The group would be made up of a maximum of 10 participants, with at least 3 needed to run the course You can find further information on my new website. I would love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions regarding this course, or if you think you might be interested in participating. If you could take 30 seconds to vote in the above polls or leave a comment below, that would be great!
  4. Great, I'm looking forward to it, I aim to get involved in the next session if I can! :-)
  5. When it comes to working with big clients, I think the first step is absolutely crucial: “Your first objective is to make contact with individuals inside large corporations who can become your champion." Sending out a general cover letter and CV to dozens of communications departments won't work, it will be treated as spam. Existing personal contacts and networks play a really important role, and you can use LinkedIn to your advantage in this case. But going to networking or sales events where your potential clients will be, shaking hands, leaving business cards and a good impression are also great methods for the less introverted amongst us. Just don't forget that while big clients can mean high-quantity, better-paid work, they are often also more demanding. They have a big reputation to uphold, and they'll be clear about the quality they require. Be prepared to create specific glossaries, go back-and-forth with various representatives, explain your linguistic choices and of course, always stay responsive, pleasant and professional. At the same time, be clear about payment policies (chase them up for late payment as you would any client) and your working hours. One of my mottos is "don't let big clients ruin your weekends"...
  6. Interesting discussion guys. I agree with @Virginia Monti that we should approach problems in our industry as challenges to be overcome. Whether that is using MT to our advantage, tackling new types of jobs and reaching out to clients for whom MT is not an option, or standing up for what we're worth and refusing to work for peanuts. For many translators this last issue can be hard to overcome, especially when they're just launching their careers, but I really think it's better to invest more time in marketing your services, improving your skills, working part-time in another job and producing top-quality volunteer translations than accepting any job that comes along and finding yourself stuck at the bottom of the food chain for years. The 'sad' thing for me is that many people are not good at accurately judging their own skills and their own worth. And this can go both ways. Either they are excellent linguists who are undercharging for their services because they feel insecure about their capabilities or business skills, or they are 'over-advertising' their services, for example claiming to be able to translate in multiple language combinations when even their cover letter proves otherwise. This is why working with proofreaders, mentors and just being open to advice in general from the community of translators online is so crucial. And of course, continuing to build and expand your skills, be they language or business skills. We've all got a lot to learn from each other! :-)
  7. Hey guys, hope you liked the last webinar we did! Here are the slides if you want to take a look. It was the last in the series. We're off for the summer but I hope we'll keep the various conversations going on the forum. Take care! Una :-) Presenting Yourself.pdf
  8. Hey guys, here are those slides from the webinar, hope you enjoyed it! :-) Direct Clients.pdf
  9. Hope you all enjoyed the webinar - here are the slides! :-) Agencies&Aggregators.pdf