How to be more professional as a freelancer

how to be more professional as a freelancer

Operating as a sole trader or freelancer gives you a lot of freedom, but it also means taking on many roles all at once. You need to do more than be a talented translator: you must be a keen business person, IT specialist, accountant, HR department, and marketer. You have to wear all these hats as a freelancer, and if you don’t juggle them successfully, then you run the risk of looking unprofessional and losing clients.

Managing such a professional image and customer service is a challenge, and many don’t know where to start. With this guide, you’ll learn the key areas to focus on in order to become more professional as a freelancer:


How your business can use technology to streamline recruitment

streamline recruitment

There are few areas of business that haven’t been streamlined and improved by technology in recent years. Everything from administration to marketing has become significantly easier because we have technological tools that enable us to do more with less. When it comes to streamlining your recruitment process, technology can help you in a number of different ways.


Write perfect job descriptions to hire the best international candidates

How to write perfect foreign language job descriptions to reach top international candidates

Foreign-born candidates are rapidly joining the U.S. job market. Candidates who come from another country often bring the benefit of being bilingual and having an increased perspective on foreign cultures and markets, fresh ideas, alternative points of view… It’s time to diversify your workforce!

To reach potential future employees from overseas it is crucial to post job descriptions in a wide variety of languages to read the widest possible audience. But how can you rest assured that you are representing your company well in your target language? BeTranslated takes a closer look. (more…)

6 skills all high-level localization executives should have

As experts in corporate translation and localization, BeTranslated understands that having the right people in the right positions can help businesses boom.

Whether you want to hire a top executive to move your business forward or if you are an aspiring C-level exec yourself, it is important to know the key skills that a person in this position needs.

A C-Level executive is a high-ranking corporate position that involves making some of the most important decisions on behalf of a business. C-level executives include a CEO (Chief Executive Officer), CFO (Chief Finance Officer), and COO (Chief Operating Officer).

With C-level executive skills being some of the most sought-after in the workplace today, it is essential to know what these specific skills are. Keep reading to find out.


1. Leadership skills are vital

Of course, number one on the list has to be great leadership qualities. How can one be expected to make vital decisions and guide employees if they are not a leader? In fact, companies have stated that they rate leadership skills ahead of technical ones when it comes to hiring C-level executives.

Companies also want a leader that has vision. They need to be able to look forward and strategize for the future as well as dealing with issues in the present.


2. A tech-savvy exec can take a business to new heights

In today’s ever-evolving society and more specifically, workplaces, a business needs to have C-level executives that are au fait with all the latest and most innovative technologies in their field. In the translation industry, for example, this may be having knowledge of new or updated CAT tools (computer-assisted translation) or translation memories.

Even more importantly, a C-level executive should be able to identify how technology can be utilized to benefit the business and find ways to exploit this technology.


3. Businesses flourish with team-orientated CEOs

You may remember the days when a CEO’s office was off-limits; you had to wait to be called in, if you ever were, and would never take the initiative to go and speak to them without being summoned.

Thankfully, paradigms have shifted since then, and companies should look for C-level executives that are approachable and actively involved in their teams. They are actually more interested in individuals who put the development of their employees ahead of their own career aspirations.

If you need guidance in choosing the right top executive for your business, then why not enlist the help of an external firm who can carry out a thorough executive assessment for you? This will ensure that the person you hire is team-orientated.


4. Communicative leaders influence those around them

As well as being able to effectively communicate with their employees, C-level executives should also be confident and adept at presenting to board members, potential clients, the media, and even industry regulators.

C-level executives should be able to communicate:

  • Knowledgeably
  • In a friendly manner
  • Persuasively
  • Using excellent presentation skills

5. Self-awareness: know your faults and learn from them

Nobody is perfect, not even C-level executives, though many try to pretend that they are. However, the best C-level executives are able to recognize and own up to their faults, making themselves more approachable to lower-level execs.

Self-awareness is also important for personal growth; learning from your mistakes and weaknesses means acknowledging them.


6. See the bigger picture and strive to make it happen

If you want your corporation to grow, then you need a C-level executive who is ready to push your business forward; by developing a new product or service, expanding your business abroad, or seeking a new supplier that could save you money or streamline the production process. In a nutshell, you want someone who will always be striving to improve and diversify your business.

Translation plays a key role in developing businesses globally and quality translation and localization can mean the difference between failure and success. That’s why it’s essential to contract a specialized translation agency liked BeTranslated. Contact us today for more information or to get a quote.


Top reasons why Valencia is the perfect city for freelancers

Freelance Valencia

The ability to work from anywhere in the world is one of the greatest benefits of remote freelance work, and if you can choose to live anywhere, why wouldn’t you choose a thriving, culturally stimulating coastal city with beautiful weather? Why wouldn’t you choose Spain’s third-largest city, Valencia?


Use Valencia’s lively expat community to network

Valencia NetworkingValencia’s many attractions have drawn expats from all over the world, giving the city a cosmopolitan feel and excellent networking opportunities, while retaining its authentic Spanish charm. There’s a great selection of networking groups and events to help you connect with other digital nomads in the city such as Meetup and InterNations. Valencia’s startup scene is also booming, with new companies from language learning services to fintech and fashion companies regularly popping up. All this activity will give you great opportunities to network and find new clients.

Translators and language professionals will be interested to know that Valencia is home to a wide variety of translation agencies, including several big players. Whatever your industry you should be able to take advantage of these plentiful language services as translation plays a vital role in global business success. Why not take a look at Valencia-based BeTranslated’s specialized business translation services to help your business reach new international clients?


Find your perfect coworking space

Coworking space for freelancer translatorsThe coworking movement has provided freelancers worldwide with communities with which to exchange ideas, and stimulating, well-equipped places to work. Remote workers in Valencia are spoilt for choice as these spaces can be found throughout the city with many offering hourly, daily, and monthly rates. Check out Wayco in Russafa, Botánico in the historic center, and Tantam Coworking in Benimaclet, to name a few. Of course, if you prefer working in cafés or libraries, the majority of places in the city offer free WiFi and many are very work-friendly; you’re bound to see other people with their laptops out.


Save money, live well

affordable ValenciaAlthough Valencia offers many of the same benefits and facilities as Madrid and Barcelona, it’s much cheaper to live in. The strict measures imposed on holiday rentals by Valencia’s regional government are limiting holiday tourism’s influence on the rental market, meaning that the city’s rents are significantly lower than other major Spanish cities. Add to this low utilities; reasonably priced, quality restaurants; cheap public transport; and free healthcare, and living in Valencia makes great financial sense.


Traverse the city with ease on foot, by bike, or public transport

Valencia bike lanesValencia is the perfect size. It’s big enough to enjoy the advantages of any metropolitan area but small enough not to be overwhelmed. Although there are great metro and bus links throughout the city, many people choose to walk or cycle.

Valencia makes the most of being a flat city by having over 150 kilometers of cycle paths, with more being added regularly. It has an affordable city bike rental system, Valenbisi, so the health or eco-conscious digital nomad can zip from one side of the city to the other without problems. Valencia is also well-connected for international travel with many direct flights throughout Europe.


Enjoy one of the best climates in Europe

Valencia WeatherFor many people moving to Spain, the weather is an important factor in their decision and Valencia certainly delivers on that front. With a Mediterranean climate and an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, it’s a very tempting place to live. And the city offers many opportunities to make the most of the pleasant temperatures, whether in the Turia river park, which snakes through the city center and is a hive of activity; the stunning and easily accessible beaches; or the myriad of bars with outdoor seating.


Food, culture, and natural beauty…take your pick

Valencia cultureWhether you prefer wandering historic streets, trying out water sports in the warmth of the med, or sampling local delicacies, you’ll never be bored while living in Valencia. The city has some of the most famous museums in the country including the family-friendly scientific and cultural leisure complex, the City of Arts and Sciences.

Living in Valencia also means you’re never far from areas of natural beauty, such as the Albufera National Park which happens to be the birthplace of Valencia’s most famous (and delicious) local dish: paella. Valencia is also home to one of the biggest festivals in Spain, Las Fallas, an explosive event that has to be seen to be believed.


Don’t let internet slow you down

Valencia internet speedIt’s all very well enjoying the sunshine and great food, but when you need to get on with your work, practical questions like internet speeds become more important. Valencia ranks high with an average speed of 45 Mbps, so you shouldn’t have any problem wherever you are working from, be it your home, a coworking space, or your local bar. You can get your work done quickly and get back to enjoying the city.


Never worry about safety

Valencia safetyYou may be moving to Valencia as a single person or with your family, but either way, feeling safe is a priority. In Spain, it’s common for people of all ages, from pensioners to children, to stay out late so you never feel alone or unsafe in the city.

You’ll be happy to know that it’s not just a feeling; Valencia boasts reassuringly low crime rates, so you can enjoy the city day or night without worrying. You can also breathe easy knowing that air pollution in Valencia is extremely low.

Have we tempted you to make the move to Valencia? If you do decide to take yourself and your business global, chances are you’ll be in need of a professional, reliable translation service. From document translation to marketing language services, BeTranslated has got you covered. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information or to get a free quote.