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ITI Sustainability in Translation Conference – my experience: day 2

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ITI Sustainability in Translation Conference – my experience: day 2

After a delightful evening meal at the library of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (the main conference venue), we reconvened early the next morning for another day of presentations, chat and lots of coffee. I felt that there was a perceptible shift on the second day towards the more practical, day-to-day aspects of translation and [&hellip

ITI Sustainability in Translation conference – my experience: day 1

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ITI Sustainability in Translation conference – my experience: day 1

Having now recovered from last weekend’s ITI Conference ‘Sustainability in Translation’, at which I co-presented with Sarah Dillon, I’d like to share some of the key points I took away from it. At the conference I attended last November, I decided to ‘live tweet’ from the event. But this time somehow the mood just didn’t [&hellip

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

Giving good customer service

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Giving good customer service

I recently had a bad experience with an online grocery delivery service provided by one of the UK’s major supermarkets. You may wonder why on earth a freelance translator is choosing to blog about supermarket shopping, but stay with me, my blog has not been hijacked by a consumer rights blogger. The relevance of this [&hellip

Fairtrade fortnight

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Fairtrade fortnight

Even in my modest little home office I try to make my own, small, positive contribution to the world by operating an ethical business policy. The website for the current Fairtrade Fortnight offers suggestions on how to make your workplace a little more ‘fair’ in this respect, and so I felt inspired to outline what [&hellip

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