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What makes a good translator? - Part 1. Motivation

You may have already noticed that I am this kind of person who likes to meditate (in the Christian sense of this word) on different issues. So I've been thinking about this concept called "a good freelance translator". From a client's point of view. I intentionally avoid the term "successful translator" because I think it describes the translators' point of view. I've noticed that my clients don't quite care about how successful I am. All they care about is how good I am. So I decided to try thinking like a client and figure out what makes a good freelance translator. And the first thing I thought about was motivation.

When your clients see that you put your whole heart into their project they will trust you more. If you are interested in the project your motivation will help you achieve the best possible results! A little tip for clients: Your appreciation, respect and friendly attitude can work miracles. I've had a few cases when marketing texts were so tricky that it was really hard to express the same meaning in Russian and preserve the style of the original text (or change the style so it could meet the client's expectations). But my clients showed their respect and trust in me, thus giving me an impetus to do my very, very best.

There are other factors that motivate me:

  • My Facebook fans and Twitter followers. I feel responsible to provide them with valuable information. Thus I keep learning and moving forward in my career. Besides, their kind words and links they share are so valuable! I often save those links in order to read them again and again and to learn from them. I didn't do the #followfriday on Twitter today but I will gladly share with you a few names of my favourite linguistic Tweeters: @wordyrama, @SJCParis, @lingocode, @acgtranslation, @LinguaGreca, @transliteria, @PaulEdgar1, @erik_hansson.
  • My colleagues. I enjoy networking! I learn a lot from my colleagues and enjoy the process :) Besides, I met some wonderful friends and made some great connections!
  • My dreams and goals. In order to reach many of them, I simply need more money (let's be realistic: while we're in this world we all need it). And more money comes with working smarter (not always working more, but always trying to work smarter and provide my clients with best results and my husband and daughter with my love and care).

These are my main motivation factors. Dear translators, what motivates you?

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Time for another update about guest posts, business, blogging and more!

Hi everybody! First of all, thank you for reading my blog. I love to see that the number of my subscribers is growing every week. That's so inspiring!
I've got some news for you. I am amazed with the way my work and business are developing. Life is getting more and more interesting and, hopefully, these changes will be good for you, too! So, here are my news: