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Pros and Cons of Buying Foreclosure Properties

In the best of times, foreclosures happen. When the economy tanks, they happen much more frequently. This is devastating to those who lose their homes, but it presents an opportunity for real estate investors and those who want to get a great deal on a

Getting Started as a Freelance Translator

I became a translator via a series of happy accidents. After taking French in school since seventh grade, I studied abroad at the University of Grenoble, France, for my junior year of college. There, a professor recommended me for a part-time job as a trainee

Writing For Others – What to Charge?

When someone hires you to do a special writing job, they give you the assignment and you do the job. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, not really. These are examples of complaints I’ve received over the years: A local drycleaner thought he could write his

How to Spot a Risky Freelance Job

Any business might occasionally take on contracts that it later regrets having accepted. Other companies may offer too-good-to-be-true terms in the hopes of obtaining free labor. Avoiding these risky “opportunities” is a challenge, especially for the freelancer. The following warning signs should make you think

How to find your first translation clients

I receive a lot of inquiries from people who would like to become translators, and most of these e-mails have something to do with finding those first few elusive translation clients. If you ask 100 translators how they got started in the business, you’ll probably

How To Work At Home As a Freelancer

A freelancer, or contract service provider, is someone who works on a contract or freelance basis. As a freelancer you are acting as a specialist, or expert, in your field. This is not to say you need dozens of awards hanging on your wall, you