Small business is an important part of any modern economy. In recent years freelancers have been enthusiastically joining the ranks of entrepreneurs. Perhaps not all of us take freelance seriously, and in certain countries some freelancers even prefer not to register their activity officially. Personally I do not support this practice. I am sure that freelance can be successful only in case of a serious attitude. It means that you should look at it like at your business. It follows herefrom that your business is not only your narrow profession, but also some side activities such as marketing, accounting, and invoicing, of course.
Today let’s talk about different ways to cope with invoicing. Obviously, the best thing is to make the process maximum well-ordered so that it doesn’t require too much time, money, and efforts. That’s why each freelancer chooses the way responding to his/her own principles and business style. Continue reading Invoicing in Freelance: Choose the Right Tool for Yourself →
There is an opinion that business and money can ruin even best friendship. When you cooperate with your friends or relatives, it is indeed too hard to decide which course you should follow — the one based on business standards or the other based on moral principles.
In my life, I’ve had a chance to try both office and freelance work. My experience taught me 2 things: think twice when you hire a friend (or become your friend’s service provider) and never ever become friends with your boss. Perhaps it would seem straight-out to you, but believe me, I have grounds for deciding this. Continue reading Business and Friendship — a Killer Combination? →
Some time ago in one of my posts I declared my love to freelance. I really love it, and 7 years of purely freelance life haven’t disillusioned me. However, there is nothing ideal in our world, so I am aware of the other side of the story, and I think it’s time to look at it a little closer. Perhaps this post will be useful for those who are still hesitating whether they should move to freelance or stay in a corporate world, and I think it can give some food for thought to current freelancers too.
So I sat down and tried to recall any minuses of freelance. And you know, the more I was thinking about it, the more I understood that these are not minuses but challenges and difficulties. Some people love challenges, so these “minuses” could even turn into pluses for them. So let’s call it the hard side of freelance. Continue reading The Hard Side of Freelance →
Time-management is probably among the hottest topics for any freelancer. Tons of posts about productivity and effective time-management are published every week on the Internet.
Today I’d like to discuss a problem of long-term projects with flexible or too comfortable deadlines. Someone may ask me: “Where is the problem? All of us dream of big projects without any rush”. Yes. And no. When you receive something good, you often receive new challenges. I don’t know how about you, but for me it’s been a real problem not to procrastinate and not to put away work for later. When you know that you have plenty of time at hand, you start doing other things or let yourself have more rest than it makes sense. The end is classic: you suddenly realize that time is running out and finish your “flexible” project in a rush. Continue reading How Not to Turn Comfortable Deadline Into a Disaster? →
The problem of most freelance translators, who are not satisfied with their rates, is that they are more likely “price takers” than “price makers”. When we try to find the reason for dumping prices on the translation market, first of all we should think about our own rate policy.
In her article Marcela Jenney gives seven recommendations by Benson P. Shapiro on how to learn to “make” your own price. Check them out, and I am sure that you’ll decide to implement at least some of them into your business practice.
“Making the price” of your translation services (as opposed to “taking the market price”)