Several days ago I got a sign that I've been moving in the right direction with my translation business, and that providing additional value besides just translation itself IS important. A couple weeks ago I got a project through one of my favourite translation agencies from a client who turned out to be ... hm... not very organized. So after I did the translation I had to make amends to the text and translate little additions to it, plus check the graphic files several times making sure that the client didn't make mistakes after my part was done. I was fine with that because it was a very special project and I really wanted everything to be perfect. It was a great pleasure when I opened another message from the project manager and saw that he was thanking me for being "so service oriented". Those words gave me a lot of joy. I can see that my plan is working and I am gradually becoming one of the best translators in my spheres of expertise. Why? Because I think real professional translators don't just provide high quality work, but behave in such a way that their clients want to contact them again.
By the way, I'm not bragging, I'm just sharing my joy with you! =)
Another sign came yesterday, when my mom found a brochure about Vladimir that I did a couple years ago for our city administration tourism department. I remember how hard I tried to do the best possible job with that brochure. First of all, I love my city. Secondly, the fact that the translation was for the city administration gave me additional motivation. So I made sure everything was perfect. Well, as I was reading it after 2 years I saw so many things I'd word differently! That shows me that I've grown both in my knowledge of English (that project was Russian to English) and in my translation skills.
So I'm going to make something really good for dinner now and celebrate both signs with my family! =)