After a long day of translations, I got a call from one of my friends and business associates and he handed the phone over to his client, for whom I had just finished translating 3 legal documents after she agreed on the price the day...
I came across this text a while ago when a colleague shared it on his Facebook page. This brilliant analogy on how some customers treat translators was originally written by a translator named Gary Smith.
“Can you repair my car? I need it for tomorrow.”
Let me start by stating the facts:
1- Lebanon is a highly proficient trilingual country.
2- Many translators graduate each year to find themselves struggling to make a good buck in their field of work.
3- This results in charging awful rates to make a living, or simply...
Let me start this blog post by breaking down the facts that make up the case:
Client contacts me for a job, asks for a quotation.
I check the material, assess it and set the quotation accordingly. The rate...
They say ignorance is bliss.
For us translators, I believe it’s good that some clients do not fully understand how we work and how we go about producing professional translations and managing our business. There are, however, 3 major things which I hope all clients would...
Happy International Translation Day! On this day, I would like to wish my fellow translators and interpreters:
A more prosperous career
A good night’s sleep!
A well-deserved vacation
Deadlines that are easier to meet
Well-written source texts
To be paid on time
To be able to say “no” without ever...
If you are a Lebanese translator working on a freelance basis, the odds are at least 75% of the following happens to you:
As far as your career is concerned, you are not doing really well. The Lebanese freelance translation marketplace is not that good, with...
Spring is here at last! Although winter in Lebanon was a very mild one (barely any rain and just a couple of storms throughout winter), just hearing the word “spring” fills my heart with joy. After all, I consider myself a creature of the sun.