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10 Steps to the Goal, or the Tao of a Translator

10 Steps to the Goal, or the Tao of a Translator

How do you stand out among other translators, get interesting jobs and find your way to the top of search results? We brainstormed a little and came up with a few simple tips that we hope will be of help to both aspiring and experienced translators. Continue reading

Make your profile work for you

How to make your smartCAT profile work for you

How do I get orders on smartCAT, freelancers ask. That’s easy: do what you love most — translate — and get feedback from your clients. The more feedback and “stars” you get, the more orders will come to you. And you won’t even need to go looking for them. Continue reading

Pre-translation: memoQ vs smartCAT

Pre-translation: memoQ vs smartCAT

Pre-translation is an important part of the project creation process. If done properly, this process will save the translator time and, accordingly, will save the customer money on translation projects. In addition, it serves to enforce consistency as segments can be filled with approved translations and in some cases locked so that translators and/or editors cannot modify the text. The ideal process will give the project managers many options on how they want to process files and automate this step as much as possible. Continue reading

Translation jobs on smartCAT: Find and be found

Translation jobs in smartCAT: Find and be found

Summer is right around the corner. It may be a nice vacation time for some, but for translation agency managers it’s a dead season in terms of finding workers. Translators go to the countryside, embark on a canoe trip or spend time with their family. So, it’s the perfect moment for those freelancers already living someplace warm (or those not willing to rest)! Continue reading

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5 Major Challenges of Becoming a Freelance Translator (and How to Overcome Them)

Being a freelance translator is great. But becoming one requires facing a number of challenges, not all of which are obvious at first. In this post, we’ll try to identify the most prominent challenges, and provide a few clues as to how to overcome them — in the end, the solutions you implement will always be quite unique to you. 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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10 Steps to Go from Zero Clients to Fully Booked in 6 Months

Whether you are an experienced in-house translator or just starting your path in this profession, once you go freelance, you'll face the same challenge: getting clients. The worst part is, unless you have considerable savings, you don't have much time to lose. In this article and the accompanying SmartCAT Academy course, we will help you become fully booked in the shortest time frame possible. Continue reading

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Boosting Productivity with Translation Memory and Glossaries

Linguistic resources, including translation memories and glossaries, can be the most valuable part of any CAT tool. Today, we'll look into how corporate translation departments rely on these materials and how they help businesses save money. This article is best suited for people who still don't work with translation memories and glossaries or who've just forgotten how easy they are to use. Continue reading

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Collaborative work on a whole new level: The SmartCAT team at LocWorld31 Dublin

On June 9-10 the world’s largest globalization and translation industry conference LocWorld was held in Dublin. This year’s event was titled “Engaging Global Customers,” and participants focused mainly on how translation and localization can help international businesses appeal to users from all over the world. The SmartCAT team was there as well, and we’re ready to tell you all about how our platform can help LSPs increase their productivity thanks to collaborative work on a whole new level. Below are the main points we shared during our presentation at LocWorld31 Dublin. 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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