Tag: Working practices

09 Mar 2010
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Tips for a smooth home office move

Hello blog, it’s been a while! The main reason for my woeful silence is that I recently moved home and office, and have been focusing on the practicalities of setting up and running my business from a new location.  I know, I know, excuses, excuses! I thought I’d share with you some tips for ensuring […]

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21 Aug 2009
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Contingency planning for your freelance business

Céline over at Naked Translations wrote a post yesterday about back-up systems for freelancers, and invited others to share how they guard their businesses against data loss. Céline, if you’re reading, this post is my answer! I actually have what some might call a fairly paranoid approach to how I back-up my work, and have […]

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29 May 2009
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ITI Sustainability in Translation Conference – my experience: day 2

After a delightful evening meal at the library of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (the main conference venue), we reconvened early the next morning for another day of presentations, chat and lots of coffee. I felt that there was a perceptible shift on the second day towards the more practical, day-to-day aspects of translation and […]

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20 May 2009
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ITI Sustainability in Translation conference – my experience: day 1

Having now recovered from last weekend’s ITI Conference ‘Sustainability in Translation’, at which I co-presented with Sarah Dillon, I’d like to share some of the key points I took away from it. At the conference I attended last November, I decided to ‘live tweet’ from the event. But this time somehow the mood just didn’t […]

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25 Feb 2009
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We’re all tweeting nuts

Traditional media in the UK seem to be working themselves up into a frenzy over social media websites lately, and Twitter in particular. It’s almost like they just realised that the internet exists beyond Web 1.0. Disappointingly, almost without exception they woefully misunderstand Twitter even more than other social media tools, which they more or […]

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28 Jan 2009
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The well-balanced freelance translator

As I approach the landmark of my 12th month of full-time freelancing, it’s a good time to reflect on the successes and challenges of this first year, and look at the future of my business.  To that end, I’ve made a mental note to dust off and update the business plan I wrote months ago.  […]

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01 Oct 2008
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Remote working using Wi-fi

I’ve just returned from a short holiday in the Devon countryside. Living in London I tend to lust after the peace and quiet of remote countryside. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be quite as ‘remote’ from my work as I’d hoped. I hadn’t quite managed to complete all of my translation jobs before going away, […]

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