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101 things a translator needs to know

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When to say noIt’s tempting to accept every job out of customer loyalty, but it’s better to say no than to agree to an unrealistic deadline, or if you are ill or too busy to do a tip-top job. Clients can be fickle – one translation that isn’t up to scratch and they’ll take their business elsewhere. Saying you were rushed is no excuse.Raising your price for a rush …

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Don’t pile it – file itRecord-keeping is boring, and most of us will find excuses to avoid it. But staying on top of it reduces stress and frees up time for the more creative aspects of translation.How you keep your records is entirely up to you, but be systematic. Ideally update them after every job or payment, and at least once a week. Little and often really is less …

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