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 skills for translators
Grow your translation business
Personal branding
Marketing for translators
Overview of translation tools
Services and specialization
Translation project skills
Productivity tools
Software, tools & computing
Business of Translation and Interpreting
Marketing tools for translators
Risk management for translators

Course summary
Start time:Aug 11, 2015 14:00 GMT     Add to calendar

The session has already taken place. A link to the video will be added for purchase within one working week after the session at http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/8402

If you purchased the webinar please find the video at your My videos page http://www.proz.com/videos/my_videos

A certificate of attendance can be downloaded at http://www.proz.com/profile/?show_mode=standard#trainings

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 to 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 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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Click on the buy button on the right to purchase your seat

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.

How do I purchase my spot?

To purchase your seat at this session please click on the "buy" button. Available slots are limited and will be assigned to registered and paid participants as soon as payment is reported. Early payment is advised in order to secure participation. Allow some time for payment processing if you are paying by wire transfer.

After your payment is received, your status will be changed to “registered and paid” and your spot for the session will be secured. An invoice and receipt of payment will be sent to you for your records.

How do I access the online platform?

72 hours before the webinar takes place, you will receive an invitation to join the session. Please, click the registration link or button provided in the invitation email and complete the registration form.


Important: Those that purchase a seat in advance may be able to pay an "early bird" or cheaper price, and those that confirm participation later or last minute, may likely get to pay a higher fee. In some training sessions a price increase based on the number of registrants may also apply, i.e. the first 15 registered pay one price, the next 10 pay a a slightly higher price etc.

Early payment is advised in order to secure participation and help reach the course minimum participation - unfortunately, courses may occasionally be cancelled or rescheduled, if the confirmed participation in advance is very low.

Trainer
 Irene Koukia    View feedback | View all courses
Bio: Irene Koukia was born in Germany.

She obtained the Travel and Tourism Consultant Diploma from IATA/UFTAA in 1992 and successfully completed the One-year translator training program at meta|φραση School of Translator Training in 2010. She also obtained a diploma as a Personal & Business Coach from ILS GmbH in April 2015, and she is studying Business Administration at the Hellenic Open University.

She is working as a Technical Translator, mainly from German/English to Greek, at her own company, Metafrasma Ltd, since 2008. She also works as a Trainer for ProZ.com since 2011, and as a Tutor for meta|φραση School of Translator Training since 2015. She is the National Representative of STEMG for Greece, following the nomination by the HASDIG, providing training and certification for ASD-STE100.
Comments about this course

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

RosaGS
Brazil
Local time: 12:13
Portuguese to English
About the dateJul 25, 2015

Hello, I wanted to know if this course will only be taught on day 4 or it might be taught on another day also. Thank you!

 
Training will be recordedJul 28, 2015

RosaGS wrote:

Hello, I wanted to know if this course will only be taught on day 4 or it might be taught on another day also. Thank you!


Hello RosaGS,

Thank you for your interest in the training.

Another session will take place in November:
Nov 5 2:00pm GMT http://www.proz.com/translator-training/course/12281

Please note that the session will be recorded and even if you do not attend the live session you will get unlimited access to the video and handouts, a certificate of attendance will be issued as well.

Hope this helps.

My bests,
Helen


 

Hielyna Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:13
English to Portuguese
+ ...
TimeZoneAug 1, 2015

Hello!
I am having trouble converting the time zone that this webinar will happen. Can you please tell me what time it will start in California.
Thank you so much!
Hielyna


 
TimeZoneAug 3, 2015

Hielyna wrote:

Hello!
I am having trouble converting the time zone that this webinar will happen. Can you please tell me what time it will start in California.
Thank you so much!
Hielyna


Hello Hielyna,

The session will start at 7:00 PDT (GMT-7).
Hope this helps.

My bests,
Helen


 

Adrienne Stinson Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:13
Spanish to English
Very interested - Not able to attend sessionAug 9, 2015

Dear Irene,

I am very excited about getting into translation and feel your course is exactly what I need to take the next step. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend your session on Tuesday. Is there any way to have access to your video lecture, or a summary of the points you make during the live session?

Thank you,
Adrienne


 

Irene Koukia Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:13
Member (2008)
German to Greek
+ ...
Very interested - Not able to attend sessionAug 9, 2015

Adrienne Stinson wrote:

Dear Irene,

I am very excited about getting into translation and feel your course is exactly what I need to take the next step. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend your session on Tuesday. Is there any way to have access to your video lecture, or a summary of the points you make during the live session?

Thank you,
Adrienne


Hi Adrienne,

You shall receive the Webinar recording and Q&A within a week from the day it takes place. Should you have any additional questions, you are always welcome to contact me, any timeicon_smile.gif

Best regards,
Irene


 

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