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If you’re a translator who enjoys learning about habits to improve your business and lifestyle, then this is the podcast for you.

Smart Habits for Translator‪s‬ Veronika Demichelis and Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo

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If you’re a translator who enjoys learning about habits to improve your business and lifestyle, then this is the podcast for you.

    Smart Habits for Managing Your Finances with Pamela Capalad

    Smart Habits for Managing Your Finances with Pamela Capalad

    In today’s episode, we’ll talk about the mindset shift and strategies that are necessary when you’re ready to take your freelance translation or interpreting business to the next level. Whether you aspire to make more money as a freelancer or you simply want to reach the stage where you’re only working on ideal projects for ideal clients at ideal rates, you may find yourself with more questions than answers on how to get there.
    When possible, we like to step outside of our professional bubble and talk to colleagues in other fields, especially creative ones, to get their perspectives and advice.
    So, to discuss this topic with us today, we’ve invited a special guest: a six-figure freelance writer, coach, author, and fellow podcaster, Laura Briggs.
    Laura Briggs is a teacher turned entrepreneur. She has coached over 11,000 freelancers and is the author of How to Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business (2019) and The Six-Figure Freelancer (2020.) Her third and fourth books will be released in 2022.
    Here’s a summary of our conversation with Laura:
    • How Laura started her freelance career and how her business evolved over time
    • Who she serves and what services she offers
    • What her typical workday looks like and what changes she had to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • How her books and her podcast came about and the topics she covers
    • Laura’s tips for freelancers on how to manage imposter syndrome, especially when you try to grow your business
    • How one plans for growth in their freelance business, and more importantly, how one actually implements those plans
    • Strategies for dealing with variable income and the lack of stability that freelancers often struggle with
    • Laura’s advice on specializing and choosing a niche
    • How Laura protects boundaries between work and personal life
    • What other smart habits have been crucial in her career
    Resources we mentioned in this episode:
    • Learn more about Laura’s freelance coach business: Better Biz Academy
    • Connect with Laura on LinkedIn
    • Join Laura’s Facebook group: Mastering Your Freelance Life with Laura: Becoming A Six Figure Freelancer
    • Get a free copy of the first two chapters of Laura’s book, The Six-Figure Freelancer
    • The Deliberate Freelancer podcast by Melanie Padgett Powers
    • ClickUp: A project management tool
    • Focus@Will: Personalized focus music to help you get stuff done
    • Boomerang: A productivity app for your inbox
    • Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself by Mike Michalowicz

    Get a full list of links and resources for this episode:
    https://smarthabitsfortranslators.com/podcast-episodes/39

    Smart Habits for Growing Your Freelance Career with Laura Briggs

    Smart Habits for Growing Your Freelance Career with Laura Briggs

    In today’s episode, we’ll talk about the mindset shift and strategies that are necessary when you’re ready to take your freelance translation or interpreting business to the next level. Whether you aspire to make more money as a freelancer or you simply want to reach the stage where you’re only working on ideal projects for ideal clients at ideal rates, you may find yourself with more questions than answers on how to get there.
    When possible, we like to step outside of our professional bubble and talk to colleagues in other fields, especially creative ones, to get their perspectives and advice.
    So, to discuss this topic with us today, we’ve invited a special guest: a six-figure freelance writer, coach, author, and fellow podcaster, Laura Briggs.
    Laura Briggs is a teacher turned entrepreneur. She has coached over 11,000 freelancers and is the author of How to Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business (2019) and The Six-Figure Freelancer (2020.) Her third and fourth books will be released in 2022.
    Here’s a summary of our conversation with Laura:
    • How Laura started her freelance career and how her business evolved over time
    • Who she serves and what services she offers
    • What her typical workday looks like and what changes she had to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • How her books and her podcast came about and the topics she covers
    • Laura’s tips for freelancers on how to manage imposter syndrome, especially when you try to grow your business
    • How one plans for growth in their freelance business, and more importantly, how one actually implements those plans
    • Strategies for dealing with variable income and the lack of stability that freelancers often struggle with
    • Laura’s advice on specializing and choosing a niche
    • How Laura protects boundaries between work and personal life
    • What other smart habits have been crucial in her career
    Resources we mentioned in this episode:
    • Learn more about Laura’s freelance coach business: Better Biz Academy
    • Connect with Laura on LinkedIn
    • Join Laura’s Facebook group: Mastering Your Freelance Life with Laura: Becoming A Six Figure Freelancer
    • Get a free copy of the first two chapters of Laura’s book, The Six-Figure Freelancer
    • The Deliberate Freelancer podcast by Melanie Padgett Powers
    • ClickUp: A project management tool
    • Focus@Will: Personalized focus music to help you get stuff done
    • Boomerang: A productivity app for your inbox
    • Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself by Mike Michalowicz

    Get a full list of links and resources for this episode:
    https://smarthabitsfortranslators.com/podcast-episodes/39

    Smart Habits for Managing Freelance Work and Parenthood

    Smart Habits for Managing Freelance Work and Parenthood

    In today’s episode, we’re having a conversation on the topic that we briefly discussed in several previous episodes and that many of our listeners often ask about: being a parent and a freelancer.
    Those of us who have kids know that parenting is a full-time job. But running your own freelance business can also take a lot of time and energy. So, how do you combine the two without crashing and burning in the process? We don’t have all the answers, but we’ll share our experience and what has worked for us.
    Here’s a summary of our conversation:
    • How old our kids are and how old they were when we started freelancing
    • What we did to prepare and set ourselves up for success in that first year with a baby, how much time off we took before and after birth, and how we transitioned back to work after that
    • How we manage to take care of our kids and run a freelance business, whether we have help, and how our typical day looks, considering our family’s schedule and needs as well as our work and other commitments
    • How we prepare for and deal with sick days, half-days at school, school holidays, and emergencies
    • How we handle long holidays and extended periods of time when our kids have to stay home while we work
    • Our tips for overcoming family vs work guilt
    • What our kids say about our work as translators and what they think we do all day

    Resources we mentioned in this episode:
    • Our on-demand webinar Smart Habits for Marketing Your Business in Unexpected Ways (Don't forget to use the code SMARTHABITS at checkout for $10 off!)
    • Madalena’s course with Training for Translators: Copywriting for Translators: Identifying and Targeting Your Copywriting Market
    • Madalena’s T&I Website Blueprint course
    • ATA’s virtual workshop “Interpreting Idioms and Cultural References” (in Russian; March 13, 2021)
    • Episode 7: Overcoming Family vs. Work Guilt
    • Outschool: Virtual classes for kids
    • Podcast episode by Speaking of Translation: Self-care and mental health in the pandemic
    • The app we use for meditation: Calm
    • Elizabeth Gilbert on distinguishing between hobbies, jobs, careers, and vocation
    • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    https://smarthabitsfortranslators.com/podcast-episodes/38

    Smart Habits for Improving Your Online Research With Elizabeth Adams

    Smart Habits for Improving Your Online Research With Elizabeth Adams

    In today’s episode, we’ll talk about one of the most important tasks in our workflow. Whether you’re a translator, an interpreter, a copywriter, or if you offer any other language-related services, you have to do your fair share of research. In fact, when we don’t do our research, it shows in the final product.
    So, today we’ve invited a colleague to join us. She really impressed us at the last two ATA conferences with her knowledge and smart tips on improving your online research.
    Elizabeth Adams graduated with a degree in Russian in 1998 and moved to Moscow. It was an interesting time and place to be looking for work as a translator, and she ended up translating and editing for a wide range of companies, reading constantly, and learning on the job. Twenty-two years and three children later, her translation business focuses on plain English translations of Russian legal texts, from laws and court rulings to contracts and discovery documents.
    Here’s a summary of our conversation with Elizabeth:
    • How and when Elizabeth started her freelance translation career, how it has evolved over time
    • What her typical workday looks like and what changes she had to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • What smart habits help Elizabeth draw boundaries between work and personal life
    • What other smart habits have been helpful in her career
    • How to ask clients the right questions when it comes to the research you need to do for a translation
    • What steps translators should take when it comes to analyzing our translation projects to guide our research strategy better
    • How to decide what tools and resources to use for our research
    • What to do if you lack the time to conduct proper research for your translation projects
    • Elizabeth’s tips, tricks, and favorite tools for better online research
    Resources we mentioned in this episode:
    • Elizabeth’s website
    • Connect with Elizabeth on LinkedIn, Twitter, and ProZ
    • How to set up a Google alert
    • PerfectIt: editing and proofreading tool
    • WordRake: editing for clarity
    • Copernic: desktop search solution
    • Join our email list to receive a free guide from Elizabeth Adams: “Search Tips for Translators”

    For a full list of resources, visit the show notes page for this episode: https://smarthabitsfortranslators.com/podcast-episodes/37

    Smart Habits for Building Lasting Relationships with Your Clients with Amanda Calvin

    Smart Habits for Building Lasting Relationships with Your Clients with Amanda Calvin

    In today’s episode, we’ll talk about something that, as freelancers, we all aspire to achieve: building lasting relationships with our clients and leveraging those relationships to build our referral networks.
    To discuss this topic, we invited a special guest to join us. She’s not a translator or an interpreter, but she works in a creative field, and we think it’s extremely valuable to look outside our profession and see what other freelancers are doing so we can learn from their approach.
    We’re excited to welcome Amanda Calvin, an experienced graphic designer and business owner.
    We have experienced Amanda’s work firsthand (she designed our podcast logo for us!) and have been impressed with her thorough and positive approach.
    We know you'll learn some great tips from Amanda that will help you create positive experiences for clients so they’re eager to come back and refer other translation and interpreting clients to you!
    Here’s what we talked about:
    • • What services Amanda offers, what kind of clients she works with, and what her typical workday looks like
    • How she started her freelance business and how her career has evolved
    • What her client onboarding process looks like and how she builds her clients’ trust in her expertise and the solutions she offers
    • What she does to understand her clients’ needs and priorities and how she creates an ongoing dialogue with them
    • How she set up her project delivery process and what she does to invite clients to share feedback on their experience working with her
    • How she expands her client network through referrals
    • How she protects her boundaries between work and personal life
    • What smart habits have been crucial in her career
    Resources we mentioned in this episode:
    • • Amanda’s website: A.Calvin Design and her design services for translators and interpreters
    • Connect with Amanda Calvin on Twitter and LinkedIn
    • Motion graphics developed for American Translators Association in honor of International Translation Day in 2019 and 2020
    • ODISTAR Desktop Vacuum Cleaner
    • The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret by Catherine Bailey
    • Join our email list to receive Amanda’s e-book called “Designing for Your Business (A Guide for Non-Designers)”

    For a full list of resources, visit the show notes page for this episode: https://smarthabitsfortranslators.com/podcast-episodes/36

    Maintaining Healthy Boundaries between Work and Personal Life: Another Joint Episode with Speaking of Translation

    Maintaining Healthy Boundaries between Work and Personal Life: Another Joint Episode with Speaking of Translation

    This episode is another collaboration with our colleagues Corinne McKay and Eve Bodeux, co-hosts of the popular podcast, Speaking of Translation.
    We’ve already had the pleasure of speaking with them before—Corinne was our guest in Episode 20 and shared about creating professional partnerships, Eve joined us in Episode 30 to talk about maintaining your second language, and we discussed handling the winter holidays with Corinne and Eve in Episode 29.
    In this episode, we invited them to discuss a topic that many of us often struggle with: maintaining healthy boundaries between work and personal life.
    Here’s what we talked about:
    • How we manage difficult situations that arise in our professional lives, specifically paid work and interactions with clients: late payments, low offers, lack of communication, or negative feedback
    • Our thoughts on managing difficult situations in volunteer settings
    • What we do to maintain calm and not let difficult situations affect our self-confidence or spill over into our personal lives
    Resources we mentioned in this episode:
    • Speaking of Translation podcast
    • Eve Bodeux’s website and Global Reads Book Club
    • Corinne McKay’s website and Training for Translators courses
    • Madalena’s course for Training for Translators: The T&I Professional’s Online Presence Roadmap
    • ATA62 Call for Proposals
    • Translation Scammers Directory
    • Madalena’s blog posts: Three Ways to Follow Up with Clients on Overdue Payments and Five Ways to Ensure Clients Pay on Time
    • Corinne’s blog post: Five Ways to Minimize the Risk of Not Getting Paid
    • Ed Gandia’s podcast and blog

    For a full list of resources, visit the show notes page for this episode: https://smarthabitsfortranslators.com/podcast-episodes/35

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