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Thread poster: Ana Honrado

Ana Honrado
Portugal
Local time: 05:40
English to Portuguese
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Oct 2, 2013

Dear all,

I am writing you this post in order to get your opinion on something! What do you believe should a beginner freelance translator do in order to attract more clients?!

1 - Create a website
2 - Create profiles in Proz and TranslatorsCafe
3 - Apply for jobs in this both sites

What else should we be doing?

Thank you all!!!


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Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 06:40
English to Polish
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... Oct 3, 2013

APCH wrote:

Dear all,

I am writing you this post in order to get your opinion on something! What do you believe should a beginner freelance translator do in order to attract more clients?!

1 - Create a website
2 - Create profiles in Proz and TranslatorsCafe
3 - Apply for jobs in this both sites

What else should we be doing?

Thank you all!!!


http://wantwords.co.uk/school/
http://prosperoustranslator.com/

And a tip from me: go where your clients go, be where your clients are.

[Edited at 2013-10-03 01:56 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 06:40
Member (2009)
English to German
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You are headed in the right direction. :) Oct 3, 2013

Hi,

one of the things that really pay off is to complete your ProZ.com profile. Make sure that your SEO is complete to reflect all the services you offer, including your language pairs. You might also consider becoming a ProZ member.

You can also participate actively in KudoZ. Quite a few outsourcers look at the questions you've answered or asked. The same applies to the forums.

Translator Cafe is only serving your purpose when you become a paying member, because all jobs are for members only. By the time they will become avaiable to you (as a non-paying member) they are either closed already or the number of bits for these jobs is so high that your chances of getting "chosen" are almost zero.

A website is not necessarily a top priority for someone starting out in the industry.

You might also conduct some research in your fields, e. g. search for companies that are in need of your special services.

Good luck and much success!


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Daniela Zambrini  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 06:40
Member (2005)
English to Italian
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there is a free webinar on today Oct 3, 2013

Hello!

There are many paying and free training options and webinars available, on ProZ.com and on other blogs and websites.

You can find a list of training formats on ProZ.com at http://www.proz.com/translator-training/format/

There is a free webinar on today "Meeting clients at ProZ.com" at 17:00 GMT

http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/9007-meeting_clients_at_prozcom

Good luck

Daniela


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