I get asked how I get to travel as much as I do and still maintain a practice. I'll be honest, I'm very fortunate to have the client pool I do but much of that pool was specifically searched out in an effort to remain on the road. I also found out quite early while … Continue reading AirPods? Check! Passport? Check! VRI Station? No Sweat!
This week I found a fantastic resource very similar to Independent Interpreters in Washington D.C but established in the Bay Area. I am always thrilled to find networks of interpreters working in the freelance arena in a public facing way as it supports our clients right to choose. With so much of the controversy surrounding … Continue reading Highlighting the Bay Area Independent Interpreters network.
I haven’t assessed in years and most of the time, I won’t. There are a myriad of reasons behind why I won’t. First, I don’t think assessments are helpful. As a working professional, there should be no lack of knowledge about my work in the community. References from clients and teams should prove to vouch … Continue reading How I Avoid Assessments
One of the top questions I get asked is about how to increase visibility to potential clients. Truth is, it depends on the type of visibility you want. If you're looking to get picked up for more stage work, you need to spend more time on stages and make sure that the production knows you … Continue reading Three Ways to Increase Your Visibility to Potential Clients
I'm on the road this week and I wanted to share a few ways that I keep things balanced when I'm providing services out of a hotel room. I've got some fun articles coming soon but would love your questions as well for Q&A. Email them to email@example.com First, sleep is a non-negotiable. For some … Continue reading How I Stay Balanced When Traveling for Work
Starting the process of invoicing can be really daunting. If the only experience you have with sending bills is requesting a Venmo for margaritas you covered at a dive bar, you might feel a bit out of your depth. In truth, the process of invoicing sounds much more formal than it often is. When interpreters … Continue reading The Invoicing Process Can be Confusing.
Are you ready? With tax season upon us, you might be panicking. I used to do that too. I panicked so much in fact, that I avoided doing my taxes entirely until I was penalized. I know what you're thinking. That's insane. So is bungee jumping but a lot of people do it. I meet … Continue reading E-Filing Starts January 24th
Raising your rates can be really scary. If you’re anything like I was in the early days of my practice, you’ll find yourself hesitant to increase your rates in any way. I panicked at the thought of pricing myself out of work, getting called less and starving to death over a dollar. Had I realized … Continue reading An Argument For Raising Your Rate
Transparency is key Nobody feels good about ripping off a colleague for a few extra bucks and if they do, gross. We rely on one another in teaming situations all the time, we have to be able to trust one another that we will work together for the improved health of our field as a … Continue reading Three Things I’ve Learned in Subcontracting That Inform Everything I Do.
The agency I work through booked me for a job today then it cancelled 12 minutes later. Obviously, I didn’t miss any work in the 12 minutes I was “confirmed” but now they’re asking me to not charge a cancellation fee. The message they sent me says “Would you mind not charging for this cancellation … Continue reading Q&A Last Minute Cancellations