Starting to work as a translator, gaining experience, improving services provided, spreading the word

Formats: Webinar presentations
Topics: Getting established in the translation industry
Business of Translation and Interpreting
Software, tools & computing
Productivity tools
Translation project skills
Services and specialization
Overview of translation tools
Business skills for translators
Marketing for translators
Personal branding
Grow your translation business
Risk management for translators

Course summary
Start time:Jan 22, 2015 14:00 GMT     Add to calendar

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Language:English
Summary:A summary of initial steps that should be taken in order to enter the translation industry successfully. You will learn what is required to start your translation business; how to approach your first customers, and what the market seeks.
Description
You will need to prepare properly for your successful translators career start. The main points on which you should focus on are described in this course in order to facilitate your transition into the market as an active translator.


The main points which you should focus on are the following:

- Everyday Tools (technology in order to get organized initially)
- CAT-Tools (what you will really need, what is offered free of charge - what do clients ask for)
- Promotion (how, where and how much will it cost you)
- Potential customers (translation agencies, companies, direct clients - who, when, at what price)
- Pricing policy (where to start on the right foot)
- Experience (how to obtain experience as a new freelancer)
- Differentiation in the market (what makes you stand out from the crowd)

Here is some feedback from others on these course's trainer:

"I was extremely satisfied with the way Mrs. Irene Koukia made her presentation. She gave a thorough and easy to comprehend introduction for beginner translators. I especially enjoyed her frank manner and the encouraging comments at the end of her presentation."
Eleni Polychronidou

"Irene was extremely generous with her resources and was willing to provide additional information upon my request. Couldn't have hoped for a more co-operative trainer!"
Vicky Nikolaidou

Target audience
Newcomers in the Translation Industry
Learning objectives
Tips, tools and ideas to get started!
Prerequisites
none
Program
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You will need to prepare properly for your successful translators career start. The main points which you should focus on are the following:

- Everyday Tools (technology in order to get organized initially)
- CAT-Tools (what you will really need, what is offered free of charge - what do clients ask for)
- Promotion (how, where and how much will it cost you)
- Potential customers (translation agencies, companies, direct clients - who, when, at what price)
- Pricing policy (where to start on the right foot)
- Experience (how to obtain experience as a new freelancer)
- Differentiation in the market (what makes you stand out from the crowd)
Virtual platform system requirements
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Virtual platform system requirements
For PC-based Users:

• Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
• Required: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
• Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
• Recommended: Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB of RAM (recommended)

For Mac®-based Users:

• Required: OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite
• Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
• Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
• Required: Intel processor (1GB of RAM or better recommended)

To Use VoIP (microphone and speakers or headset):

• Fast Internet connection (384 kbps or more recommended)
• Speakers or headset (USB headset recommended)
• NOT required: Microphone - attendees can communicate with the trainer through incorporated chat.

Recommendations

• For the visual section of the training course, we recommend that you have a 64kbps link. This means using an ISDN line or Broadband. Wireless connection is NOT recommended.
• For the audio section of the training course, we recommend that you have a headset or speakers.
• We recommend that you log in 30 minutes in advance of the start time to prepare for the training course.

Courses will be open half an hour before the start time. Please login before the start time to ensure that everything on your system is working correctly.
Registration and payment information
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Participation fee includes:

• access to webinar session.
• unlimited access to the webinar recording.
• powerpoint slides to remind participants of the key points and lessons learned.
• certificates of attendance.

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How do I access the online platform?

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Trainer
 Irene Koukia    View feedback | View all courses
Bio: Irene Koukia is a freelance Translator, Trainer and Business Coach. She used to be an International Travel Consultant since 1989, working for many international companies as a Branch Manager. She also used to be a German teacher in her free time. Irene has also taught for two semesters at IEK Naxos in the Hotel F&B Department, providing students with theoretical and practical skills in Tourism. In September 2008 she changed her career to follow the job she always wanted: Translation. Since Irene had no other relation to Translation, she managed to grow her business successfully on her own, using and implementing managerial and marketing skills obtained during her former occupation. She obtained her certificate in Translation in 2010 and became a certified Business Coach in 2015. She is currently studying Business Administration at the Hellenic Open University. After a lot of study and efforts, she is making a living as a Freelance Translator, working with a large number of clients and linguists all over the world, as well as a Tutor at Metafrasi School of Translation.
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