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Poll: Do you have a website for your freelance business?
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Aug 11, 2008

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s_hokama
Japan
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Not yet... Aug 11, 2008

I'm planning on open one soon, but I'm not sure where should I put it (space allocated by the ISP, get free service or rent a space from a company).

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Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
Germany
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No Aug 11, 2008

It's something I've been considering. Would be interested to hear from people who do have one as to whether they think it helps.

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Αlban SHPΑTΑ  Identity Verified
Albania
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Indispensable these days Aug 11, 2008

Luckily I have a brother who is a great web designer and had it professionally done for free as a favour (even though he charges "Eastern European" prices) I only had to buy the domain and pay hosting, which cost me merely peanuts.

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Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
Germany
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A must for any freelance translator Aug 11, 2008

I was more than surprised to see that more than 40 percent of all poll participants (according to the present statistics) don't have a website for their freelance business.

Having a business website is really a must - it's not only indispensible, it's also a very cost-effective marketing tool for presenting yourself and your abilities and reaching out to your potential clients, around the clock, around the world.

With carefully defined search tags in your website, the clients can find you even easier. There are even professionals out there (who charge high prices) who only deal with optimizing your search tags.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Yes Aug 11, 2008

I created my own site through Synthasite (www.synthasite.com). It was very easy, and is a simple, nice-looking site. I do think having your own site is helpful. I have gotten jobs through mine.


Amy


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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
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Part of ProZ membership package Aug 11, 2008

Not to mention the fact that free website hosting is a benefit of ProZ membership.

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writeaway  Identity Verified
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But if you leave Proz, you may well lose access Aug 11, 2008

Jeff Whittaker wrote:

Not to mention the fact that free website hosting is a benefit of ProZ membership.



Unless things have changed, if you leave Proz you will no longer have access to your own website. So an independent website may be a safer solution.


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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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I was also surprised... Aug 11, 2008

Erik Hansson wrote:
I was more than surprised to see that more than 40 percent of all poll participants (according to the present statistics) don't have a website for their freelance business.


Although I have never received business directly from my website and don't even bother to perform search engine optimization, I'm convinced that having a website, e-mail addresses on my company's domain, etc. are key to a successful freelance business, whether or not you intend to get your customers directly through your website.

My (very) small company does not only provide language services but also IT services, for which having a website is even more important.

BTW, I think it's great to know about my colleagues' experiences, so thanks to all for sharing!

Laureana


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Sharon Sarah Schmitz  Identity Verified
Germany
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Having a website is important Aug 11, 2008

While it may not necessarily generate direct revenue, it serves as a contact point and proves - to some extent - that you're running a serious business.

Fortunately, my own website came for free since in addition to translation, web design is another segment in my extensive business portfolio


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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
Peru
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Yes Aug 11, 2008

I used to have a very simple web site before and I never got a job through it, so I never bothered to maintain it. Then I started outsourcing in other languages and working with other translators so I decided to revamp my website. The first week it was "officially" online I got a small job, then another medium job the next one. It's not a lot of business but it's something. I'm actually proud of my website because I wrote it from scratch, so even though the code has a lot of errors, I was able to learn a lot.

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Elena Carbonell  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 01:18
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Learning Dreamweaver and HTML Aug 11, 2008

I just bought the domain name, the hosting, learn Dreamweaver and HTML and did mine.
I liked the process of learning, I just love computer programs (I am here on the verge of "nerdiness").
I would recommend to have a webpage not only to every translator but also to every freelancer, it's your business card but only with more information. It shows more than a CV who you really are.
From a client point of view I look many times for different services on the yellow pages on internet (paint, books or whatever) and I tend to trust the ones that have a webpage. My guess is that you can apply that to the customers when looking for translators.


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Lisa Roberts  Identity Verified
France
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Spanish to English
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Will do soon... Aug 11, 2008

Currently in the process of writing the content for mine, and very excited about it too. Fortunately, I have a computer geek for a boyfriend to do all the technical bits, which I have neither the time nor inclination to get involved with. And even if just a small amount of work is generated through my site, it will more than compensate for the expense of setting it all up - which amounts to peanuts, as somebody mentioned.

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Fernando D. Walker  Identity Verified

Local time: 21:18
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Yes Aug 12, 2008

A few months ago, we launched our web site. Although no one has contacted us yet, I know that it is a new window that we opened. You never know...
Best wishes,
Fernando


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Venkatesh Sundaram  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 05:48
German to English
Also 'not yet' - considering various options Aug 12, 2008

s_hokama wrote:

I'm planning on open one soon, but I'm not sure where should I put it (space allocated by the ISP, get free service or rent a space from a company).


This poll is quite apt; I think there are several of us who voted 'no' but are actually considering various options like s_hokama, and are watching the discussion intently to get inputs for making a decision!


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