Blog Articles - Sherif Abuzid

Four Productivity Tips for Translators and Interpreters

Four Productivity Tips for freelance translators and interpretersMany of us fall into the trap of trying to follow what works for others, and not what we need as translators, interpreters, or other language services professionals. Although language professionals and other business owners have many things in common, still our work involves a lot of mental activity. …

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How Translators Can Choose Their Marketing Strategy

How translators can choose their marketing strategyMarketing is the number one issue many language services professionals talk about. They express this in different ways, such as “I don’t have enough work volume”, “I need more clients” or “my clients do not send me enough work”. These responses mean they do not do enough marketing. With many offline and …

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The Day of a Translator in Ramadan

Last Thursday was my first working day of Ramadan this year. For those who do not know, Ramadan is the Muslims fasting month and it is a special time, with unique social and religious traditions and habits. As these are special days, I thought to write about a typical day in a life of a translator or …

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Five Reasons Why Freelance Translators Fail at Marketing and How to Fix it

I know the below may sound hard for you, but stay with me. During the last few days, I had direct one-to-one calls with 17 freelance translators. I wanted to know more about their issues and if I can help them. Marketing to translation agencies or direct clients was a hot topic. After around 10 hours …

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The Ultimate Guide to Be a Professional Freelance Translator and Find Online Translation Jobs

Working as a professional freelance translator is an attractive job these days. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that jobs for translators and interpreters will increase by 17% between 2016 and 2026. The life of a freelancer has many positive aspects, you can work from anywhere, and choose who you work with. You can set your …

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How to Write a Freelance Translator CV to Win Translation Clients

Note: This post was originally published in the Savvy Newcomer the blog here. During the last three months, I have reviewed hundreds of CVs (or resumes) from freelance translators for a new language group we are targeting at our translation agency, TranslationPartner. Some CVs caught my attention, and others were rejected within 10-20 seconds. To help you …

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Why Translators Should Stop Complaining About Their Industry

How many times do you hear translators, linguists, or interpreters say things like:          “Many clients go for cheaper, unqualified language service professionals.”        “The translation industry has been destroyed by many unqualified linguists, project managers, and agencies.”        “Machine translation will kill the translation industry.” Do you read or hear this every day? Maybe once or twice …

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Five Ways to Contact New Translation Clients in 2018

In this post, I will share my best five ways of contacting new translation clients with you. You will learn how to use each one, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method. All of them worked for me. You can use all of them or just choose 2-3 and test them out.  Let’s jump in!bookBonus: Download …

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What Freelance Translators should do and buy on Black Friday!

Yes, it is Black Friday time! You may have noticed it already as stores started to show deals and discounts expected to happen on 27th November 2017. Ah, BTW: some people in Egypt, where I was born and live now, call it “White Friday”. Black in Arabic is a color of mourning. Also, using the …

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Four Things Freelance Translators can Learn from Translation Agencies

Four Things Freelance Translators can Learn from Translation Agencies From time to time, I see discussions among translators about how translation agencies are greedy and how they take most of the profits of translation projects. You see that in social media, blog posts written by some freelance translators and on other media. But the most …

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