Guest post: Paula Ribeiro on APTRAD’s 2nd international conference (May 17 – 19) Reply

Translation challenges over the next decade and how to address them

Today’s guest post was written by Paula Ribeiro – president and co-founder of the Portuguese Association of Translators and Interpreters (APTRAD). Paula is a long-time ProZ.com member and part of the Certified PRO Network. APTRAD will be holding its second international conference on May 17th, 18th and 19th in Porto, Portugal.


APTRAD, the Portuguese Association of Translators and Interpreters, was established in February 2015 by a group of freelance professionals in response to a perceived need for a modern, creative and innovative approach in order to achieve greater cohesion and exchange of information at a national level within the profession. After almost one year of hard work we are proud of achieving some of the important goals we initially set.

APTRAD’s motto – Interpreting the present to translate the future – reflects the Association’s aim to promote and foster the growth of its professional members, and to support the integration as professionals of all future translators and interpreters into the market.

Pursuing this thought, APTRAD is to hold its 2nd International Conference from 17 to 19 May 2018 in Porto, Portugal – a bilingual event full of opportunities to explore, learn, share, and of course network! The conference, based on the theme Translation challenges over the next decade and how to address them, will explore the challenges of a professional freelance translator and/or interpreter during the next decade and how to address and overcome them.

As in 2016, where we welcomed more than 300 participants from all over the world, we are all trying to turn this event into a big party for translators, interpreters and linguists in general joining us in our beloved hometown – Porto.

The organization of this event becomes much easier with the valuable help of our partners, in which ProZ.com is included as an essential reference in the career of so many professionals. Thank you for your support!

Feel free to visit our website at and more specifically the conference website and drop us a line if you need help or some extra information about the event!

And if you are still considering, see what participants had to say about APTRAD’s 1st International Conference in 2016 here.

Also, and because an event is just not work time, be sure to check out the amazing fringe events awaiting you in Porto

See you this May! We promise you an unforgettable event and lots of fun!

For more information:

APTRAD website: www.aptrad.pt

APRTRAD conference: www.aptrad.pt/conference/conference

Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/2019483394940324/


About Paula RibeiroPaul Ribeiro

Paula Ribeiro started translating in 1997, and since then she knew that this was the career she wanted to pursue! She graduated in 2006 with a Master’s Degree in Specialized Translation and Interpretation with English and French as her working languages, and later Spanish as her third language. She is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Computer Assisted Translation.

In 2010, Paula decided to create her own company – Crossingwords – and to undertake translation and interpretation as her main occupation, always maintaining her education and training as a key part of her professional and personal development.

As an event organizer, Paula has planned several conferences on both a national and international scale, including the 2013 ProZ.com International Conference.

Since February 2015 Paula has been one of the founders and the President of APTRAD, the Portuguese Association of Translators and Interpreters, a formally constituted non-profit organisation based in Porto.


Participate in this new survey on CAT tool use 1

There is a new survey on CAT tool use open now. It is designed in part as a follow up to a study on CAT tools that was released in 2013:

  1. CAT tool use by translators: who is using?
  2. CAT tool use by translators: what are they using?

If you have a few minutes to share your input, it would be appreciated.

Participate in the survey here >>

Thanks!

Guest post: Reflections on 2017, my first $US 100,000+ year from translation 12

DJHartmann is a NAATI Certified Thai-English Translator specializing in the translation of issues relating to applied anthropology, international development, NGO’s, refugees and migration, human trafficking, indigenous peoples’ rights, the effects of mining and resource extraction on local communities, social impact assessments, land tenure and environmental management.

He is a ProZ.com member and member of the ProZ.com Certified PRO Network.

 

He shared this success story last week in ProZ.com forums.


We don’t normally share our successes here on ProZ.com. Most often we hear about issues that aren’t so hopeful such as bad clients or non-payment, problems getting established or a slow workload. I’d like to share my 2017 experience with everyone and what I’ll do differently in 2018.

To start off, I’ve only been a full-time translator and ProZ.com member since mid-2014. At the start of 2017 I had been fully dedicated to translation for a mere 2 1/2 years (having translated part-time since 2011 while studying and working).

The year 2017 was the first calendar year that I earned over $US 100,000 from translation, around $130,000+ if including other services. I think that this story is possible for anyone here on ProZ.com, that’s why I wanted to share.

What did I do differently to previous years?

Translation and my business came number 1.

What does that mean? Everything else got put behind me:

Family, wife, children, socialising, cycling and fitness, health, alcohol, holidays, anything that might’ve been deemed a waste of time…placed number 2

Saying this, I didn’t just take translation and my business seriously, I “became” DJHartmann Translation. Work became my existence. I generally would wake between 2-3am and work through till 6pm, in bed normally by 7-8pm, 7 days/week. This was the routine until the regular big projects would come through and I’d work for 20 hour + sessions, at least a couple of times/month. This lasted through till NYE, when I was pushing to finish a 40k word job that was previously due on 26 Dec but I got an extension…

I only had a handful of clients, most work coming from 2. Big projects (150,000+ words) were the norm and I said goodbye to the nagging, undercutting multinationals who wanted me to work for less than 1/2 my rate. I became very close with the project managers that I worked with and we built an excellent level of understanding and great professional relationships with one another. While these big projects occupied my month-long vision, I would of course have daily, well-paid jobs that didn’t take too much time at all (certified TRs etc). I never refused these and delivered ASAP.

Quality was paramount. As I mentioned above about needing an extension, if the job didn’t meet my own quality standard expectations, I wouldn’t deliver it. This was in no way regular but when it did happen it would frustrate the PMs who were being hounded by their clients to deliver. Upon seeing the delivered project, which was often more extensive than they’d first thought (Thai source WC is often underestimated), they’d always thank me. I built up a reputation with all in the process chain: proofreaders, quality assurance, project managers and end-clients. This kept those big jobs coming.

I stopped sub-contracting translations. Running on from the above point, with quality being my priority, and a complete lack of time to proof others’ work, it was not in my best interest to use sub-contractors. Instead, I branched out my service offerings to one ‘almost’ passive-income pursuit and one ‘easy money’ task. Without giving too many details, the passive-income task involves a team working for me in Thailand and the easy-money task is a job that most others refuse to take! Neither of these are translation but are both assigned to me by translation agencies. The agencies also have full knowledge of the team working for me, which I’ve helped to screen.

I’ve strengthened partnerships. Some colleagues in this industry are out to get you, ready to stab you in the back or undercut you at their first opportunity! Others are worth keeping close and worth building a mutually-beneficial future together. In the past I would’ve just sub-contracted work to them but for the reasons above I stopped doing that. Instead, I gave opportunities and shared their names with clients who needed desperate help. Everyone is happier in this situation and it promotes trust and friendship, better quality work and more money going to the right people!

I became accredited. For my language pair, there are only a very few translators who are accredited or certified. Most are non-natives and those who are natives (bar one or two) didn’t learn the source language at a higher-educational level. This is not a criticism of all translators without degrees, I’m just trying to show that on the whole, Thai-English translation has very poor quality. There are even varying levels of bad translations in this pair. Becoming accredited through testing gave all those I work with a level of assuredness that my translations were good. It also gave me a renewed confidence, which helped my own work. NAATI accreditation was expensive and very hard but I have no regrets after doing it.

After saying all of this, I also moved my wife and two daughters back to Australia with me. We packed our whole lives from Thailand into a shipping container, sold the car and moved onto my family’s farm here in Australia for 9 months, living in the spare bedroom. My intent throughout 2017 was to save money for a house deposit. This was the driving force for all those above-detailed accomplishments…but I found out afterwards that internationally-sourced funds cannot be deemed ‘secure’ financing for a loan. Instead of buying a house, I’ve moved my family into a rental in one of the nicer suburbs of Brisbane that is near a good, well-known school. We’ve forgotten about buying a house because we couldn’t ever afford to buy the place we’re living in now!

Come January 2018. What has changed? I no longer have the ‘save money for a house’ mantra driving me like a madman. I burned out, seriously burned out after New Years and one of my main resolutions was to say “No”. I am unavailable on weekends, as these are now set for my family, wife and kids. I’ve prioritised health and fitness and am cycling most mornings once again (eg. prior to 2017). I’m back to enjoying cider and wine!!!! And now am glad to start work at 9am! I’m back to loving my job, loving my lifestyle, and my family is loving me for it! My income might’ve taken a cut but it was that extra 20% effort that caused all the pain. My feeling is now that this level is sustainable, whereas the other max-effort nearly killed me.

I thought this experience was worth sharing and hope that others can gain something from it.

Finally, it’s worth noting that I am the sole income provider for my family. My eldest daughter is 6 and youngest nearly 2. My wife stays at home caring for #2 and helps look after me through those long work-stints. Much of our success is thanks to her continual support and I couldn’t have done half of it without her!!!

Regards,

DJH


This post was originally made in a site forum.

Participate in the forum discussion, or leave your comment below!

ProZ.com hackathon in 2017, and the site team bids farewell to one of its key members 5

There was a bit of a flurry of activity in the third week of October as various members of the ProZ.com site team gathered in Syracuse for a second hackathon.

The team gets together to brainstorm, discuss, plan and work on the hackathon projects.

For those not already familiar with the term, a hackathon is short event where developers and others get together to work intensively on one or more projects, with the goal being the creation of usable software, services, or other features. The first ProZ.com hackathon was held in July of 2016, and resulted in the creation of the What I am working on feature, in which to date just over 19,000 entries have been made.

This year, the team broke off into smaller groups to tackle four different potential services:

* The announcement of this project was made to the Certified PRO Network forums and will only be accessible if you are a member of the network.

A big thank you goes out to all the ProZ.com site members who made themselves available on short notice to participate in testing some or all of these potential services, and provided feedback which will help determine the value and direction of each.

Group photo. We’re not a bad-looking bunch, for the most part.

A hackathon is a lot of work for everyone involved. For a group as culturally and geographically diverse as the ProZ.com site team, it is also an excellent opportunity for team building, to work face to face with coworkers who are usually in another country and/or time zone, and to get to know each other better, both professionally and personally. And it is a lot of fun! Despite the long days, the team still made room for other activities: group breakfasts, lunches, dinners and drinks, a bit of walking and talking around the town of Syracuse, and some team members might have been spotted in impromptu ping pong and football matches (not at the same time).

There was still time to get together at the end of the day, socialize, and talk plans for the next day.

In addition, this hackathon included the celebration of the impending retirement of Enrique Cavalitto, who many may know from his seventeen years on ProZ.com as site user, member, moderator, conference speaker, powwow attendee, and staff member of eleven years.

Enrique’s retirement party. There may have been a tear or two in the room.

Enrique helped start and oversee the Argentine office of ProZ.com, spent years coordinating with Translators without Borders, and more recently has been coordinating the development of the ProZ.com translation center, a service available to Business members on the market for ways to improve the management of their translation projects. As part of the celebration, Enrique was inducted into the ProZ.com Hall of Fame. I don’t think you’ve seen the last of him on ProZ.com, though. Best wishes in whatever comes next, Enrique!

Enrique and Jared at the Tech Garden, home to the Syracuse offices of ProZ.com.

 

ProZ.com Mobile is ready for outsourcers Reply

Since its release in June 2016, ProZ.com Mobile –a native app developed by ProZ.com for use on mobile devices– has been widely used by freelance language professionals to browse jobs, submit job quotes, search for translated terms, participate in KudoZ, polls and forums directly from their phones and tablets.

Now, as announced via ProZ.com forums, the app has been expanded to include a set of outsourcing tools and so give potential clients the option to find service providers on the go.

This new app version allows outsourcers to:

Outsourcer benefits

By using ProZ.com Mobile, outsourcers can significantly improve project management times by finding service providers and assigning projects –especially urgent ones– anytime, and from anywhere.

Freelancer benefits

For freelance translators and interpreters, ProZ.com Mobile is perfect for getting the best out of ProZ.com at any time. Language professionals get and respond to jobs offers while shopping, they participate in forum discussions at lunch breaks, and they even earn KudoZ points that will later help them to stand out in the directory by answering KudoZ questions while waiting for a bus!

Also, in order to facilitate the passing of jobs not only for the agencies that use ProZ.com regularly, but also for end clients out there, new account registration and non-member login have been enabled.

Download ProZ.com Mobile for Android via the Google Play Store, and for iOS via the Apple Store:

 


Inviting service providers to the translation center powered by ProZ.com Reply

This article describes the tools for inviting service providers to your instance of the translation center powered by ProZ.com.

Inviting providers from ProZ.com

  • You can select your providers by means of a directory search performed at ProZ.com with the option Providers → Invite from ProZ.com

  • You enter and submit your search criteria, and you get a ProZ.com directory page in line with the data sent.
  • On this page you select the professionals you are interested in, and then you can define, for each of them, one, several (or all) of the language pairs declared in their ProZ.com profiles.
  • When you submit this page, all selected translators will be invited.

Inviting providers via email

  • By selecting Providers → Invite via email, you will be able to invite translators by their contact data, including providers who do not have a ProZ.com profile.

  • You can invite several translators in one go, and select several language pairs for each translator.

Personalized invitations

  • In the Administration → Settings → Notifications you will find the diverse notifications sent from the translation center.
  • In particular the Invitation to a new service provider option will display the message sent to invited translators, and by clicking on Edit you will be able to create an invitation message better suited to the realities of your company.
  • Besides, each time you send an invitation through the system you will be able to add a specific personalized message.

 

The landing page for invited providers

  • When invited service providers click on the link included in the invitation, they will be brought to a landing page packed with marketing information on your company, including your logo, company name, tag-line, “established in” information, links to your web page and ProZ.com profile and your Blue Board badge.
  • You can view the marketing content on this page by clicking on the bottom-left corner of your instance of the translation center.
  • Below this area, providers will find your recruiting message, described in the next section, and then the buttons for accepting or declining the invitation.
  • If the invited providers’ emails are associated with ProZ.com profiles, the system will connect them with the new translation center profiles.

 

The message presented to invited providers

  • In the page Administration → Settings → Company settings you will find the recruiting message presented to invited providers described in the section above.
  • By clicking on Preview and then on Edit, you will be able to edit this text in line with your recruiting policies.

 

The translation center powered by ProZ.com is used by Translators without Borders and several commercial translation companies to deliver millions of translated words every month. This platform is made available to all ProZ.com Business members. If you want to learn more about this platform, please submit a support request and I will contact you.

A new channel and other improvements in the translation center powered by ProZ.com 2

New features and tools have been added to the translation center powered by ProZ.com and made available to ProZ.com Business members

New Contact us! channel

  • A new channel has been added to the translation center for communications with the site administrators. This new Contact us! feature, accessible from the top Support menu option, will be visible to all the players, including non-logged in visitors.
  • This will close a communications gap in the platform, as there were dedicated channels for issues related to jobs, invitations and assignments, but no messages were possible outside these areas.
  • In particular, there were no ways of communication open to non-logged-in visitors. A CAPTCHA feature has provided in this case to prevent the misuse of this feature by automatic spammer devices.
  • It will be possible to reply directly via email to the messages received through this new channel.

 

Editable invitations and new page on notifications

  • As part of a general overhaul of the translation center’s notifications and invitations, a new ‘Administration’ → ‘Settings’ → ‘Notifications’ page displays several of the messages currently available, with an explanation and a preview feature for each one.
  • In particular, the invitations sent to service providers can now be edited to better adapt them to the needs of the company managing the translation center. To this end, an edit feature has been added, together with the ability to restore the original version in case of need.
  • This page will evolve to include all the notifications in the system, taking into account the many valuable requests for improvements received. Some of the notifications will be editable, and in some cases their use will be personalizable.

Other improvements

  • Email headers were modified for notifications and invitations sent from the site, to get them in compliance with the Sender Policy Framework (SPF)
  • When a message sent through the translation center has an attached file, it is now possible to download the file directly from the corresponding notification email.
  • It is now possible to store default instructions that will be presented as a template each time work order is created, while retaining the ability to overwrite them if needed.

The translation center powered by ProZ.com is used by Translators without Borders and several commercial translation companies to deliver millions of translated words every month. This platform is made available to all ProZ.com Business members. If you want to learn more about this platform, please submit a support request.