Home Office

The Remodel Nightmare

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How many of you dread remodeling?  OMG, never, in my mind did I think it was going to be so chaotic, draining and stressful!

So, last year with the rain my little homeshed office was damaged due to the rain and because I didn’t have the necessary funds to repair, of course, it got worse!  So, this year wanting and not wanting I had no choice but to get the repairs and remodeling on the way before the winter starts.  As you know with all the ongoing catastrophic events that we’ve had going on around the world, I obviously don’t want to take a chance and have it come crumbling down on me 🙁 that would NOT BE GOOD, right?!

As you can see the damage on the bottom, this little office was actually starting to tilt…OMG, right!!!  Don’t let the outdoors fool you, the inside is very, very nice and comfy, as you can see the old color was bright orange!

So, we decided to get the bottom repaired, reinforced, as well as getting the roof done, changing the door (provide me with

So, we decided to get the bottom repaired, reinforced, as well as getting the roof done, changing the door (provide me with some more lighting and outdoor vision), but I also did even more, I had them change the insulation and sheetrock to make it more energy-efficient and of course to SAVE SOME $$$ MULA!  Times are still hard, but without an office, I can’t WORK! I also changed the inside color as well, I made it a more neutral color, so that it can match my white, gray, Paris, Shabby Chic decor 🙂   Having your own personal workspace makes a huge difference, right?!  At least, for me, it makes a big difference!

So, what do you think?  Do you think, it’s coming out good??? So, what I realized is that making repairs and maintenance doesn’t have to be expensive.

Originally, I was going to do (2 front windows and a glass door), but that was going to cost me about $400-$600 bucks just on the material (And, it wasn’t even the nice expensive stuff)…So, we kept shopping around and my husband suggested that I do a wide french door, which it would still give me the view and lighting that I was looking for, so we started to shop for that and guess what? I found a door for under $350.00 on SALE at Lowes (+) I found a professional laborer who installed it for $250!!!

We also SAVED on the paint because we had a 5-gallon bucket that we had used for the inside of our house years back 🙂

The sheetrock and insulation, we found it on SALE at Home Depot and for labor, I was able to SAVE some $$$ because my hubby and kids were able to install and handle this task using Youtube 😉 Yeup, it came in handy!

SHOP AROUND AND DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE AND TRUST ME, YOU WILL FIND WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR PROJECTS!

So, I will post new pictures once this task is complete, so stay tuned for the final finish!!!

As you’ll see on my Featured image, I finished the make-over New Paint and Flooring compared to what I originally picked!

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Interpreting

Don’ts when contracting a Translator

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Spanish Interpreting and Translation Services

Don’ts when contracting a Translator

To all my wonderful and potential clients,

Please keep this in mind when you are contracting a “Translator” for a Hearing, Medical assignment, Conference, meetings, etc.  Because I know how important and critical each venue can be, I want to make sure your contract ONLY but the BEST!

Tip #1: First and foremost DON’T search for a Translator

Because a translator deals with written material vs. an actual event.  The interpreter, however, deals with the “spoken word” that is the one conveying your message into another language and being “The Voice (TM)” and the one helping you “Bridge the Language Barrier in Communication.”

Tip #2. Second and foremost how to search for an Interpreter

You can always search on Google for an Interpreter, but it’s always better to ask someone with experience, someone who has used the services of that interpreter, someone who actually can tell you “Yes, I’ve used his / her services and he/she is great!”, or if you find the interpreter via Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc., ask that interpreter for his / her expertise and experience.

You can also find an interpreter via an Interpreting Agency, but that can go wrong very quickly!  

Why?

Because many agencies ONLY want to book the venue and they don’t take the time to actually evaluate the event and match the skills with the interpreter.  

For example: In early 2000 I was called to do a “Client / Attorney” meeting (at least that is what the Agency told me). They said, “We have a Client / Attorney meeting to discuss a case”. I said “OK, I can handle that (I have years of experience doing Client / Attorney meetings for friends and family)”.

Unbeknownst to me, it was NOT a Client / Attorney meeting it was a Deposition, well at that time I didn’t have ANY EXPERIENCE doing those types of assignments.  

So, I told the attorneys that I did not feel comfortable moving forward with the assignment and their response was “Don’t worry, we are already running late, we can’t wait for another interpreter, we will proceed with you and if I see you are NOT doing a good job (one of the attorneys was bilingual) then we will STOP the Deposition”.  

Although I was VERY NERVOUS and hesitant I agreed to do it (per the attorney’s suggestion). Thank goodness, after all, said and done, I was able to finish the assignment with 100% approval from all parties involved, but till this day I think I was (one of the lucky ones), NOT many interpreters would have been able to pull this off!

Immediately, after completing my assignment the Attorney’s who contracted the agency called them right in front of everyone and fired their services and decided to contract my services directly for all of their upcoming assignments.

Tip #3

When your searching for an Interpreter or Translator PRICING can be a big factor to many companies; however, some say and think that by paying more, you will get better services because the saying says: “You get what you paid for”, but that is NOT always the case.  Unfortunately, many companies prefer to use the services of an Interpreting Agency, as well as of a “Certified Interpreter” and think that by paying more for a “Certified” interpreter they will receive better services. Unfortunately, that is NOT ALWAYS the case.

When looking for an interpreter make sure to ask for:

  1. The interpreter’s qualifications and experience
  2. Provide details of your appointment, such as;
    1. If it’s legal, is it a Deposition, Hearing, Trial, Mediation, etc…
    2. If its a personal injury case, immigration, civil case, probate, etc…
    3. The more information and basic details that you can provide the agency, or the interpreter the better service you will receive
  3. MORE IMPORTANTLY – Don’t assume that ALL interpreters are familiar with ALL TERMINOLOGY!  Just like a Doctor, he/she is ONLY familiar with medical terminology, but also they have their own specialization.  The same goes for Attorneys and Interpreters are NO DIFFERENT!
  4. Make sure to be specific of your needs and provide as much information and details of your appointment to better help the interpreter prepare for the assignment

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Entrepreneurship

Interpreting Services provided by Faviola Valencia

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Interpreting Services

I’ve been providing Language Services for over 15+ years both domestically and abroad and know the importance of doing the job done right the first time!

Because In this industry there’s NO ROOM for ERRORS, I know how important and crucial it is to use the services of a Professional who knows and understands the English and the Spanish language but also knows the Culture.

I know that by accepting an assignment for which I MAY NOT be qualified, can potentially affect your case, threaten testimony witness, resulting in a case dismissal, or worse put someone in jail, or even cause death!  Therefore, I will ONLY ACCEPT cases that I know I’m 100% qualified to do!

I have extensive experience in a wide array of professional fields. I have worked in the respective fields for over 15+ years. Whether it’s a day visit with a new business client, a conference, or a long project at a new facility/location, I will provide you with quality interpretation services to all our clients and yours.

My extensive experience includes, but it’s not limited to over the phone interpreting, in-person interpreting assignments in the following fields; including depositions, recorded statements, civil litigation, mediation, arbitration, worker’s compensation, medical evaluations, personal injury, employee/employer meetings, parent / teacher conferences, mental health, social services, jail and prison settings, as well as other general business settings to fit any business need.

I consider my self an expert in both Consecutive, Simultaneous and Conference interpreting for the following fields:  Legal, Medical, Depositions, Trials, Mediation, Investigation, Education, Hospitality, Insurance, Government, Non-profits, General Business industry and more, (you be the judge)…

Onsite Interpreting: On-site interpretation for a variety of industries; Legal, Medical, Insurance, Hospitality, Government, State, County, Federal, Non-profits, Investigative Firms, Court Reporters, Automotive, Agricultural, and more…

Conference Interpreting: On-site interpretation for simultaneous business meetings or conferences. I can provide you with transmitters, microphones, receivers, and headphones at any of your conferences/meetings if needed – (2-week advance notice is required for all equipment rental”.

Escort Interpreting for Business Visits: On-site interpretation for clients or businesses locally and abroad for any tours, classes, training, business meetings, or other casual activities.

 

Over-the-Phone Interpreting:Whether you need an interpreter right away for a teleconference or for a scheduled time, I’m available 24/7(account must be established to access my On-demand Over the Phone Services).

Clear communication between health care professionals and patients is vital to delivering successful medical care. Our interpreters and translators help ease the process of communicating important information to your non-English speaking patients. Our interpreters are high quality, certified under state and/or hold national credentials and have extensive medical interpretation experience. We assure HIPPA compliance and will accommodate to any other requirements of the state, county, or those of a specific hospital.

 My Language Services will help you:

 Bridge the Language Barrier in Communication

  • Improve business relationships between you and your Customers / Clients / Patients / Staff, more…

  • Comply with all government mandates

  • Manage costs for all your Language Services through volume pricing, non-profit price, loyal customer discounts

  • Reduce the risk of misdiagnosis, wrong information or case dismissal

  • Increase the level of quality care

For over 15+years, I’ve had the pleasure to work for a variety of School Districts and I know how important it is to ensure that parents, staff, community members and caregivers have full access to information in their own language.

As you know our Country is continuously evolving and parents may speak no English or limited English, therefore making it difficult to understand any matters involving their children’s education.  And, we all know that parents are empowered by the process when the language barrier is taken away, making it easier and more likely for them to actively participate in their children’s education.

Throughout the years I’ve had the pleasure in providing the following services to various Schools / Districts.

Services:

  • DELAC, ELAC, LCAP and Board Meetings

  • School enrollment and orientations

  • Parent-Teacher conferences

  • Student acclimation to the class environment

  • Attendance

  • School meetings, district meetings, council meetings

  • IEP plans and more…

I also have years of experience in doing Legal Intakes, Case Management assistance, as well as helping our Hispanic Community with all of their business needs!

For more information about Who I amWhat I doHow I Work, please contact me for additional information about my Payment Terms and Conditions & Code of Ethics.

As you peruse through my website you will see how throughout my years in business, I’ve had the pleasure to help organizations connect and bridge the communication gap between their limited English-speaking customers, patients, and others whenever a language barrier arises.

So you can rest assured that with my skills, dedication, and experience – I will get the job done!

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