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Yes, you can earn the same amount of money when you work less

The maths seem to make sense when you add it all up.

More time, more words, more money...right?

But why do some translators make six figures a year, while others barely hit €40k? Most of the time, it’s not because they translated more words.

So many of us complain about how busy we are—there’s work, family responsibility, more work, and CPD, if we get a spare moment. But other translators, with exactly the same 24 hours and responsibilities, manage to make buckets more money.

The truth is that you can earn the same amount of money—or more, while working fewer hours.

If you break down the amount of time you spend on each task every week, you’ll probably find you’re doing a lot of tasks that have little impact on your business.

In this article, we’ll break down how to organise your time to work less, while making at least the same amount of money.

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“Good, busy!”

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6 Things We Wish We Knew When We Started Translation

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Ideal client analysis with LSP.expert

couple of months ago we published an article on finding your ideal clients. Since then we got to thinking: What about an article on how you can actually use ...

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Who doesn’t love to hear that they're amazing? By their very nature, testimonials are full of praise. But besides cheering us up, client feedback in the ...

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15/10/2018

5 reasons why finding your niche boosts your business

We get it. It seems counter-intuitive that you’ll get more from (technically) doing less. But when you find a niche and stick to it, that’s exactly what can happen.

By Eva Lena Vermeersch and Jo Rourke
12/09/2018

Measure and increase your performance in 5 questions

So, you chose to gain control of your time and started using a time tracking tool, possibly one that allows you to record billable hours. Good for you!

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Why I deleted your email

Your email happened to arrive just as I finished my first cup of tea: the best time of the day to contact me. But despite the favourable conditions and your unmistakable keenness ...

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Why you should use a time tracking tool for your business

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No-drama downtime - how to enjoy the quiet times

For "regular" people, who are employed by someone else, a quiet time of the year at work is something to be celebrated. It's a time when they can take longer lunches, ...

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Writing pitches to potential clients is nerve wracking! Contacting someone you don't know, but making them feel like you do know them, is pretty tricky.

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Gone are the days when we viewed colleagues as competition. Now, collaboration is the name of the game. In fact, colleagues are the new clients.

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12/03/2018

5 productivity pointers to boost your translation business

How productive are you? Are you uber-focused on the task at hand, or do you find yourself flitting from one thing to another...and forgetting where you started?

By Eva Lena Vermeersch and Jo Rourke
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How to (finally) figure out your ideal clients

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