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My resolutions for 2013: some things stay the same, but there will be a few changes in my business and in this blog!

'New Year 2013' photo (c) 2012, Steve Evans - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/I think it's the first time when I decided to write proper New Year resolutions. You see, I don't normally write any resolutions. Instead, every year I write my personal letter to the Lord with some very specific requests. And then, at the end of the year I open that letter and rejoice when I see some (actually, quite a few this time!) of my prayers answered. But this time I also felt it was time to voice some decisions I've made. So, here are my resolutions:
1. I want to become a member of a professional translator association. Haven't yet decided which one. Still investigating it. But I have come to the point when I realize that I need it for my business. I used to be very skeptical about this whole issue of membership, but last year my opinion started to change. I still have doubts, but I am willing to give it a try for 1 year and see whether it will have any impact on my business and on my growth as a translation professional.

2. I want to make this blog a helpful tool for beginning and maybe even seasoned freelance translators where you'd find useful information regarding freelance business, marketing, networking, translation and linguistics. I am not going to publish as much new content about learning languages, because I want to concentrate more on the art and business of translation. That also concerns guest posts.
3. I am getting better at financial planning, budgeting etc., but I know I still have a long way to go. And I am planning to learn as much as I can this year and put my knowledge to practice. So financial side of freelance business is also going to be present in this blog from now on.
4. I am going to back up not just work-related files, programs etc, but also personal files, pictures etc. If you are a freelancer and you don't back up your data, you might find this post helpful. It has a lot of useful links.
5. I became a part of Sharp End Training team exactly a year ago with a goal to help freelance translators learn more about networking and marketing their services. And I am going to continue doing my very best this year. By the way, you might want to mark February 15th and 16th in your calendars. Why? You'll find out soon ;)

Have you made any decisions or plans about your business this year? What are they? I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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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: