Having looked before at the topic of feast and famine, today I am digging a little deeper into the subject with the help of English-Czech translator Marek Buchtel. Marek recently gave a presentation on managing fluctuating workloads and rates at the popular BP16 conference for freelance translators in Prague.
Important things covered in this episode:
- What to do when we have more work than we can handle
- What to do if we get a great job when we’re already fully booked
- Categorizing our clients – how and why to do it
- Recommendations for increasing our rates
Useful links mentioned in this episode:
Categorizing clients is a brilliant way of working out what to focus on to give ourselves even more motivation and job satisfaction. For those of you who are interested in finding out more about the BP16 conference, please visit bp16conf.com, where you can also get recordings of the presentations. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you in the next episode!
Marek Buchtel is a freelance translator (English/Czech) with almost 20 years of experience in the industry. His specialization includes business, marketing, legal and IT translations as well as website/software localization. He majored in information technology and philosophy at the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic, and studied English/Czech translation and interpreting at the Institute of Translation Studies – Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Information and communication technologies are both his job and hobby, and as the key Czech language reviewer for one of the largest ITC companies in world and a regular translator for major software and hardware brands, Marek is always in touch with the latest development in the industry. In addition to translating, he occasionally holds sessions and trainings on topics related to increasing productivity of translators, and new technologies in the translation industry.
A special thanks to Catherine Metcalfe for editing the show notes.
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