Entrepreneurship

Interpreting and Translation Tool

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Your business your world

Here is a Great Tool that I’ve been using to post jobs, manage online glossaries and network.  I’m sure that you will find this on-the-go tool very useful!

Although, I no longer operate as an agency from time-to-time I receive assignments in other languages for both Interpreting and Translation and therefore I use this tool to post those jobs and provide language professionals to accept or decline the jobs.

I also, use this tool to post my online glossaries. It’s just a great tool to have on hand and when you need it.

This tool is available for macOS AppStore and Windows Store

If you sign up and register today, you will also receive a FREE glossary slot… Make sure to sign up and start enjoying this tool.

Click Here and Sign Up Today!

***I only recommend tools, products, services that I have personally used and that have worked for me…Hope you will like it too!**

Entrepreneurship

Your Website is Your Business (Make it Count)

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Your Website is Your Business (Make it Count)

Today’s digital world means people’s first impression of your business likely comes from a screen. Your website is one of the biggest influencing factors that determine whether potential customers become clients or keep clicking. Read on for insights on how to make your site stand out and serve both you and your customers.

Content matters

No matter how visually-pleasing your website is, no amount of design can compensate for bad (or missing) content. The articles, blogs, videos, and images on your website should serve a purpose other than selling your services. Your customers want certain questions answered. Always list your hours of operation, contact information, and answers to commonly-asked-questions about your business. Providing your customers with relevant and useful content will keep their interest. Content, such as white papers, eBooks, and DIY videos, are excellent ways to draw clients in and may be offered for free (on top of your other content) in exchange for an email address. This will help you build your contact list while giving your customers something of value as a reward for their loyalty. A word of caution here: only email customers when you have something to say they will want to hear.

Sluggish websites get skipped

Your customer’s user experience doesn’t begin until they reach your site. And research suggests that nearly half of all searchers move on after just a few seconds if their content hasn’t loaded. You can speed up your site in a number of ways, including choosing a server appropriate for your content and using images sized and formatted correctly for display. Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool can analyze your site and provide further suggestions.

Small business, big presence

You don’t have to have a billion dollar budget to optimize your presence online. Many small home-based businesses look much larger (and more professional) than they really are all because of their website. If you can’t afford to pay for web design services, you can still get your site up and running using GoDaddy’s drag and drop Website Builder. For less than $400 per year, you can create your own website with built-in security and mobile shopping capabilities. Your web presence doesn’t stop with your domain either. Utilize free social media tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram to grab user attention and direct them to your business. Social Media Today’s Andrew Hutchinson offers a number of great tips on how to write an effective tweet in this post. Take steps to ensure your branding — logo, color scheme, business name, etc. — remains the same across all platforms.

Maps and apps

Make yourself easy to find by utilizing free apps for your site. For instance, your address should link your users directly to the Google Maps feature on their phone’s GPS. You should also enable one-click calling and link directly to your full site.

The workhorse of the web

Put your website to work for you by integrating it into your small business accounting and workflow software. QuickBooks, for instance, offers the option of syncing your website to your accounting. This will eliminate the time of having to do it yourself and improve your overall productivity. Depending on your business type, there are also a number of specialized workflow programs that allow orders from your site to go directly into production.

Remember, people are impatient and want a site that works without delays. People want relevant content and the ability to reach out without jumping through hoops. So, design your site with your customers in mind, and you’ll make your home-based business look and feel like a Fortune 500 without spending a fortune.

Need more tips on how to run a home business? Check out the Small Business Administration at SBA.gov and this article by Redfin for practical advice on everything from office design to achieving the ever-elusive work/life balance.

Your Website is Your Business (Make it Count)

Today’s digital world means people’s first impression of your business likely comes from a screen. Your website is one of the biggest influencing factors that determine whether potential customers become clients or keep clicking. Read on for insights on how to make your site stand out and serve both you and your customers.

Content matters

No matter how visually-pleasing your website is, no amount of design can compensate for bad (or missing) content. The articles, blogs, videos, and images on your website should serve a purpose other than selling your services. Your customers want certain questions answered. Always list your hours of operation, contact information, and answers to commonly-asked-questions about your business. Providing your customers with relevant and useful content will keep their interest. Content, such as white papers, eBooks, and DIY videos, are excellent ways to draw clients in and may be offered for free (on top of your other content) in exchange for an email address. This will help you build your contact list while giving your customers something of value as a reward for their loyalty. A word of caution here: only email customers when you have something to say they will want to hear.

Sluggish websites get skipped

Your customer’s user experience doesn’t begin until they reach your site. And research suggests that nearly half of all searchers move on after just a few seconds if their content hasn’t loaded. You can speed up your site in a number of ways, including choosing a server appropriate for your content and using images sized and formatted correctly for display. Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool can analyze your site and provide further suggestions.

Small business, big presence

You don’t have to have a billion dollar budget to optimize your presence online. Many small home-based businesses look much larger (and more professional) than they really are all because of their website. If you can’t afford to pay for web design services, you can still get your site up and running using GoDaddy’s drag and drop Website Builder. For less than $400 per year, you can create your own website with built-in security and mobile shopping capabilities. Your web presence doesn’t stop with your domain either. Utilize free social media tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram to grab user attention and direct them to your business. Social Media Today’s Andrew Hutchinson offers a number of great tips on how to write an effective tweet in this post. Take steps to ensure your branding — logo, color scheme, business name, etc. — remains the same across all platforms.

Maps and apps

Make yourself easy to find by utilizing free apps for your site. For instance, your address should link your users directly to the Google Maps feature on their phone’s GPS. You should also enable one-click calling and link directly to your full site.

Workhorse of the web

Put your website to work for you by integrating it into your small business accounting and workflow software. QuickBooks, for instance, offers the option of syncing your website to your accounting. This will eliminate the time of having to do it yourself and improve your overall productivity. Depending on your business type, there are also a number of specialized workflow programs that allow orders from your site to go directly into production.

Remember, people are impatient and want a site that works without delays. People want relevant content and the ability to reach out without jumping through hoops. So, design your site with your customers in mind, and you’ll make your home-based business look and feel like a Fortune 500 without spending a fortune.

Need more tips on how to run a home business? Check out the Small Business Administration at SBA.gov and this article by Redfin for practical advice on everything from office design to achieving the ever-elusive work/life balance.

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Article provided by: Dean Burgess

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Entrepreneurship

Start Your Interpreting Business in One Day

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Interpreter and Translator

Are you Bilingual?

Want to be Your Own Boss?

Want to Start Your Own Business?

Do you Like Working and Helping Others?

Like Traveling?

If you answered YES, then this might be the Career for YOU!

Now, you MUST REMEMBER that it will take more than JUST BEING BILINGUAL to become a Professional Interpreter, it’s going to take; professional skills, training and much more!…

But DON’T WORRY!  I have everything you need to get you started on your Career!

I’ve been in this industry for over 18+ years.  I started as a “Freelance Interpreter” and within a few months, I started my own Interpreting agency.   While running my agency I was also Training New “Potential” Interpreters and teaching the Does and Don’ts of this wonderful Industry.

While things were running smoothly and business was great, unfortunately after years in business the economy crashed, but not only was this detrimental to the business, but also during this same time frame I was going through a bad pregnancy (I almost lost my Baby Girl) and to make matters worse my father was also diagnosed with Brain Cancer (Stage 4 Glioblastoma) who after just a few months passed away, my son was also in a body cast (femur fracture), and I was also recovering from a bad auto accident!…

With all these horrible and painful things going on I decided to close my business and go back to Freelancing, as well as Training New Potential Interpreters.  And believe me, I enjoy being a Freelancer more than running an Agency 🙂 Why, well I don’t have to deal with bureaucracy and headaches that come along with running a large business 🙂 Again, don’t get me wrong it’s a very lucrative business and industry to be in, but YOU MUST BE PREPARED to work around the clock to make your business work vs a Freelancer / Entrepreneur you get to work when you want, earn as much as you want and have the freedom that you want – sounds great, right?

Fast forward; Thankfully I survived the “Economy Crash” and here I am still enjoying this wonderful industry providing services to various companies across the Globe, but more importantly I get to Train and work with New Potential Interpreters.

On another note, you will see online that there are various Training programs focusing on Medical, Legal and Conference Interpretation / Certification; however, if you don’t have the Basic Skills and understanding as to how this industry works, or how to run your own freelance/entrepreneur business then let me tell you, you are ONLY setting yourself for failure! Join my Introduction to Interpreting Training

Why, well as you may be aware there are hundreds, if not thousands of young college students who go to College for years and years and after graduating they find themselves unable to obtain a job in their industry.  Why? Well, because during their years in College they never got into internships, nor did they work in a similar industry to mirror their college career goal, therefore making them Non-Competative!

Trust me when I say: Becoming a Certified Medical, Legal Interpreter is GREAT!

BUT…

If you don’t have the skills, qualifications, or understanding of this industry, YOU, MY FRIEND WILL NOT GET FAR!

Although I am NOT CERTIFIED, I do have OVER 18+ years of Professional experience, as well as the skills, the qualifications to work in any industry I choose…

TRUST ME, my clients will pay my fees and will prefer to hire me vs a Certified Interpreter, why? Well, because of my skills, qualifications, and experience!

Note: I finally have the time and I’m currently working on my Certification – because it is a VALUABLE ASSET to have!

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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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Are you bilingual and want to become a professional interpreter? 

Learn what it takes to enter this wonderful industry!

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Interpreter Training

Become an Interpreter

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Become an Interpreter

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How Can I Become an Interpreter?

Are you bilingual? Love working with people? Want to travel? Do you speak a second language? Want to be your own boss?

If you answered YES, then, this career may be just for you!

Before I get to the “nitty gritty” let me tell you how grateful and fortunate I am to have found this wonderful career!
How?
(Little Story)…
One day I was at the hospital when I saw a girl speaking to a doctor/patient in (English and second language) and I became curious. I waited patiently until she was done before approaching her.
I walked up to her and asked her “what type of job do you have, it’s very interesting?”
She said, “well thank you – I’m a medical interpreter.”
With no time to waste, I said thank you and I walked away…
I went home and did my research I didn’t know much about the industry, but I knew a lot about business and I took the “Leap of Faith”. I made me some home-made flyers, business cards promoted myself and 3 months later, I was in business providing services to Law Firms, Hospitals, Insurance Agencies, and more!
Fast Forward 16+ yrs later here I am still in business, still providing services to all my loyal customers and in business on my own.
So, if you’re like me an Interpreter who knows about the Interpreter Role vs. Bilingual Advocate who speaks a second language, who wants to be your own boss, loves to work with people, loves to help people, loves to travel then contact me today and get trained on how to become a successful interpreter!
Things to Consider when you go into business for yourself, you need to have some; sales, marketing, administrative experience, etc experience…but even if you don’t have any of the above, no problem, I will teach you!
When you take my training you will learn all the “Good, Bad, and Evil” the “Do’s and Don’ts” of Business. I am confident that if you follow my steps, my strategies, plans you will be in business for yourself making an additional $500+ and up working part-time! “every income varies and it is based on how many agencies you’re registered with, your availability and your per hour rate”...#EarnYourWorth

Learn More! Start Your Career and Business Today!
Manage Your Risk!

Remember “Just because you “Speak a Second Language, it doesn’t make you a Professional Interpreter
AVOID the RISK Don’t put yourself, or the lives of others at Risk, just because you think you can do the job of an Interpreter!
So, if you want a successful career as an interpreter, then be ethical and ask questions even when agencies don’t ask them!
They will call you and ask you – Example: Are you available for a Legal assignment? You, “yes!”…
Now, did you ask the right questions; what type of assignment, such as Deposition, Mediation, Arbitration, Medical Evaluation, Trials, etc…If you didn’t ask and they didn’t tell you, then you ARE NOW NOT ONLY putting yourself, your business at RISK, but you are also putting the Limited English Speaker case, or his/her life at RISK!
Why? because if it’s an agricultural injury case and you have NEVER had training with agricultural terminology, legal terms then most likely, you will not be able to successfully interpret this case!
Because even Certified Interpreters ARE NOT KNOWLEDGEABLE with all TERMINOLOGY, SUBJECT MATTERS!images
***Agencies claim to train, assess interpreters skills before putting them to work, but as a previous business owner, agency, independent contractor; I personally will tell you that is a LIE!!!***
Agencies will CONTRACT ANYONE just to fill an assignment not taking into consideration the RISK that this can bring to both the Interpreter and more importantly the Patient/Client/Limited English Speaker!!!
If the client is NOT ASKING you for details of the assignment, then I can almost guarantee you that they will send you “just any interpreter”…
Interpreters, Potential Interpreters this career is very rewarding, ONLY if you are truthful about your skills, qualifications!
Learn the Basics of Interpreting – the Do’s and Don’ts, Pre-Post introduction, Positioning, Code of Ethics, and more!!! No other training will provide you with hands on experience, but my training will!!!

Start Your Career and Business Today!
Register for my ONLINE training, or order my Interpreter Handbook Today and Get Started!

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Interpreters Skills Assessment

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Interpreters Skills Assessment

Nowadays many employees claim “proficiency” in a foreign language.  And maybe, they learned a language by speaking it at home or by living in a foreign country.  But, how do you really know if their language skills meet your job requirements?

Well, with Elite Services 4 You Skills Assessment you will now be able to provide an evaluation of your potential candidate’s ability to interpret in; general, legal, clinical, and educational encounters.  

To ensure that your employees are able to speak Spanish, with the help of my services I will be able to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge of; vocabulary, terminology, and their ability to convert messages accurately and completely from English<>Spanish.

To facilitate testing in a quick and cost-effective manner my English<>Spanish language Interpreting Skills Assessment are done either by phone or via Skype.  

My services enable clients to arrange assessments quickly and easily on an as-needed basis.  Here’s what you’ll get:

I will assess your “potential candidate”, staff, employee, in-house interpreter on the following:

Elite Services_Interpreters Skills Assessment will evaluate the “potential candidates” knowledge and skills on the necessary vocabulary terms and the ability to convert messages accurately and completely from English<>Spanish.

Your “potential candidate, staff, employee, the in-house interpreter” will be tested for the following:
 Language proficiency English <>Spanish
 Proper use of interpretation terms, protocols, and best practices
 Delivery of accurate and complete interpretation
 Ability to interpret the specific terms used with your specific business/company
Assessments are available by telephone or via webinar. 

To schedule an assessment, please e-mail me Subject Line: INTERPRETER SKILLS ASSESSMENT

***If your candidate does not pass their test, feel free to share this training and help them Start Ther Interpreting Career in order to Help You and Your Business!***

Are you Bilingual and want to Start a Career as a Professional Interpreter?

Don’t DELAY and START YOUR CAREER TODAY!

Join my Introduction to Interpreting the Interpreter Training program!
 Learn how Elite Services 4 You can train your bilingual staff and
help them improve their professional interpreting skills.
 If you are bilingual and would like to start a career in Interpreting,
my Basic Interpreter Training course will help you get started!

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