Blog Articles - Sherif Abuzid

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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How Many Roles a Freelance Translator Plays Daily

I think the freelancer is a superhero, if he takes his job seriously. In our daily life as freelance translators, we play different roles/jobs at the same time, but receives only the compensation of one job, a translator. In this weekend, I thought about the jobs we do daily, and was amazed at what I …

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How Freelance Translators Should Do Sales

You know that having the business mindset is an important factor for the success of your freelance translation business. You realise that working as a freelancer involves many business-related tasks that you should be doing, even if you hate them as they are essential. The point is how you do them in a way that …

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