Business and Friendship — a Killer Combination?

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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?

The Hard Side of Freelance

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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

How Not to Turn Comfortable Deadline Into a Disaster?

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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?

“Price Taker” Is Not Your Role

tulips-175605_1280The 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”)

Stop Freelancing If You Are Not Happy With It Anymore

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I have been freelance for 9 years already, and for now I love it. But it may happen that in future my attitude will change. As long as I enjoy what I do, I am not going to change my life drastically. But in case my work brings me more stress than enjoyment and satisfaction, in case I lose my “joie de vivre”, I will definitely start thinking about changing my way.

The post I’d like to share with you is a very interesting story of a freelancer who stopped his freelance career, cut his income in half, opened his agency, and became happier than ever.

Why I cut my income in half and stopped freelancing