12 July 12, 2023

Using Upwork to Look for Interpreting or Translating Work

2023-07-12T11:56:03-07:00

Have you thought about using the freelance marketplace website Upwork to look for interpreting or translating work? A translator colleague of ours, Dania Habib, tried the site. Here’s what she experienced with the first contract she landed.

Using Upwork to Look for Interpreting or Translating Work2023-07-12T11:56:03-07:00
13 July 13, 2022

Inflation Is “Running Hot”—Should You Increase Your Rates?

2022-08-12T10:03:17-07:00

We all know that prices are going up—that’s inflation—but what do the inflation rates mean for us? It means we have to make changes.

Inflation Is “Running Hot”—Should You Increase Your Rates?2022-08-12T10:03:17-07:00
18 May 18, 2022

Signing Legal Documents—Like Contracts

2022-05-18T15:43:13-07:00

Signing a contract with a new client is usually a good thing, but many interpreters approach it with a mixture of fear and confusion. I constantly advise interpreters to review contracts calmly and take the time to think through each section, including the recitals and signature block.

Signing Legal Documents—Like Contracts2022-05-18T15:43:13-07:00
15 December 15, 2021

A Time to Celebrate, Plan, and Forgive

2021-12-15T20:01:38-08:00

I like this time of the year as the world seems to slow down, at least a little. Christmas is a big reason for this in the U.S., but there are several other observances at this time of year where people traditionally take time to reflect and be with family. There’s a lot going on in the world right now with ...

A Time to Celebrate, Plan, and Forgive2021-12-15T20:01:38-08:00
10 May 10, 2017

The Professional Linguist Perspective on Independent Contracting – Part 1

2021-09-16T14:40:59-07:00

This study was conducted in response to an idea that was raised recently, to eliminate the opportunity for professional linguists—translators and interpreters—to work as independent contractors. Instead, professional linguists would need to be employees for whomever required their services. They would have taxes deducted from their paychecks, receive whatever benefits might be afforded and generally be subject to traditional employer controls. We wanted to understand the professional linguist perspective on this idea related to the conduct of their profession and also their interest in performing work as an employee versus an independent business person.

The Professional Linguist Perspective on Independent Contracting – Part 12021-09-16T14:40:59-07:00
10 May 10, 2017

The Professional Linguist Perspective on Independent Contracting – Part 2

2021-09-16T14:42:35-07:00

Report: Some in government view translators and interpreters as low-wage workers, commonly abused by employers who misclassify them as contractors in an effort to escape taxes. While this behavior happens in some cases, this study found little evidence to support the idea that this is an intentional and widespread behavior or that it is applicable to the mainstream of the language industry. Some government agencies are auditing language service providers and applying fines and sanctions on small companies which find it difficult to navigate a sea of obscure and conflicting regulations.

The Professional Linguist Perspective on Independent Contracting – Part 22021-09-16T14:42:35-07:00

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