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The well-balanced freelance translator

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The well-balanced freelance translator

As I approach the landmark of my 12th month of full-time freelancing, it’s a good time to reflect on the successes and challenges of this first year, and look at the future of my business.  To that end, I’ve made a mental note to dust off and update the business plan I wrote months ago.  [&hellip

Should we give ‘la jeune maman’ a break?

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Should we give ‘la jeune maman’ a break?

…Or not, as the case may be, given French justice minister Rachida Dati’s recent decision to take an incredibly short maternity leave. A debate is currently raging across the British media concerning this news story, and the wider issue of new mums of all ages and social statuses who for whatever reason decide to return [&hellip

Pick of the week

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Pick of the week

As we say goodbye to one year and wait with anticipation to welcome the next, the media usually adopts a more philosophical attitude, trying to make sense of the past 12 months, in a ‘what just happened?’ sort of way. It seems to me that people like that at this time of year, almost as [&hellip

The Translator as Strategic Partner Conference: day 2

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The Translator as Strategic Partner Conference: day 2

So here, finally, is my take on day 2 of The Translator as Strategic Partner Conference. This one probably will be shorter than my report on the 1st day, because my note-taking on day 2 amounted to just a few lines, partially due to being in a zombie-like stupor due to lack of sleep (trust [&hellip

Staying positive and proactive during a recession

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Staying positive and proactive during a recession

Much as I have tried to resist the constant vocabulary of disaster and fear used in the news at the moment, it seems that a recession is fast approaching, if not already upon us. It is hard for most people to stay positive and confident about parting with their fast dwindling cash reserves in the [&hellip

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