How to hire a professional translator

How to hire a professional translator

If you want to do business across borders, help out foreign immigrants on home soil, or study or work abroad, at some point you’ll need to hire a professional translator. Why? Because leaning on a bilingual friend or employee has some advantages, but it doesn’t guarantee accuracy in translation. Continue reading

Interview with Kürşat Özel, CEO at Saylon

We’re lucky to work with the brightest talents: Interview with Kürşat Özel

In June, we announced that Smartcat had partnered with Saylon, one of the leading LSPs in Turkey. Shortly after, we contacted Saylon's CEO Kürşat Özel asking him to share some of his personal experiences of working in the industry — from his early days as a freelance translator to running a success business. Read on for some first-hand insights into the Turkish language market. Continue reading

How to manage your payments as a freelance translator

How to manage your payments as a freelance translator

“Yay, I got my first order in Smartcat! This is awesome but I need to get a few things straight... My client is from Berlin. He seems reliable, we chat and he answers any questions I have about terminology. The deadline is in a week. I can do the job but how do I get paid? Will I need to send him an invoice? Should I send him my bank details? Or maybe I should ask him to pay some of the money up front? How do I calculate the total price for the job? I live in Beijing/Pattaya/Anchorage. Will that be a problem?” Continue reading

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Translation business Argentina-style: Interview with Cecilia Maldonado

In January, we heard the news that two well-known Latin American translation industry players, SpeakLatam and Two Ways Translation Services, both based in Córdoba, Argentina, had merged. We got in touch with Cecilia Maldonado, formerly the CEO of SpeakLatam and now Business Development Manager at the joint venture called Latamways, and scheduled an interview. But it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that Ivan Smolnikov and Jean-Luc Saillard got on a Skype call with Cecilia to talk about the translation business in Argentina. Continue reading

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Why SEO translation?

Many companies underestimate the need for SEO translation and miss out on a whole lot of opportunities. In this post, we share some basic but helpful SEO tips from David García Ruiz, an IT/EN>ES translator specializing in marketing and SEO translation. Make sure to share it with your customers! Continue reading

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“If you feel you have what it takes, just go for it”: Interview with Magnette Coetzer

In our second Smartcatters interview, we talk to Magnette Coetzer, who came back to the translation profession after a long career in TV production. Her example shows that there is no such thing as "too late" for becoming a translator, and that existing specialist experience is not a dead weight, but something you can leverage in your work. Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the last week of December and the end of the year is heading our way at a fast pace. No matter if it concerns personal or business matters, we are looking back at this time of the year. We try to remember and relive the best things that happened and forget the worse ones. At the same time we look forward somewhat cautiously, not yet ready to accept the stress of a new year. So this is the right moment to talk about a somewhat uneasy subject: New Year’s resolutions. Continue reading

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Smart Ways #8: Constructed Languages, Translapreneurs, and more

In this issue of our weekly newsletter, we'll dive into Arrival's Heptapod, Game of Thrones's Dothraki, and other fascinating constructed languages of our days. We will also talk about some translation technology myths, going from freelancers to entrepreneurs, and more. Read on! Continue reading

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Smart Ways #7: Giving Thanks

As you could guess, this week's digest is dedicated to Thanksgiving, which is celebrated in the US today. We'll make a linguistic journey into gratitude and turkeys — but also into the challenges faced by aboriginal languages and the measures aimed at improving their fate.  Continue reading

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7 Smart Ways to Get More Email Replies

Love it or hate it, but writing emails is an inevitable part of being a freelancer or running a translation agency. And the more email replies you get, the higher your changes to get an interesting job or a well-paying customer. In this guest post, David Miralles Pérez of Circa Lingua shares the ways to make your emails more compelling and engaging. Continue reading

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Smart Ways #6: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

We dedicate this week's digest to the great translators of the past and the present with several brilliant articles on the subject. Other topics include getting started with social media marketing, translating "just to understand" orders, and top soft skills to look for in localization project managers.  Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the last week of December and the end of the year is heading our way at a fast pace. No matter if it concerns personal or business matters, we are looking back at this time of the year. We try to remember and relive the best things that happened and forget the worse ones. At the same time we look forward somewhat cautiously, not yet ready to accept the stress of a new year. So this is the right moment to talk about a somewhat uneasy subject: New Year’s resolutions. Continue reading

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Smart Ways #8: Constructed Languages, Translapreneurs, and more

In this issue of our weekly newsletter, we'll dive into Arrival's Heptapod, Game of Thrones's Dothraki, and other fascinating constructed languages of our days. We will also talk about some translation technology myths, going from freelancers to entrepreneurs, and more. Read on! Continue reading

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Smart Ways #7: Giving Thanks

As you could guess, this week's digest is dedicated to Thanksgiving, which is celebrated in the US today. We'll make a linguistic journey into gratitude and turkeys — but also into the challenges faced by aboriginal languages and the measures aimed at improving their fate.  Continue reading

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7 Smart Ways to Get More Email Replies

Love it or hate it, but writing emails is an inevitable part of being a freelancer or running a translation agency. And the more email replies you get, the higher your changes to get an interesting job or a well-paying customer. In this guest post, David Miralles Pérez of Circa Lingua shares the ways to make your emails more compelling and engaging. Continue reading

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