What You Need to Know When Searching for a Translation Management System


One would think that the term Translation Management System is unambiguous. But in reality, with just one qualifying word, its meaning completely changes.

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I have a small translation agency,
and I do not need
a management system


We often hear the above statement from the directors of very small translation companies, which employ up to five managers. Some offices are so small that there is only one project manager in them, and that is the owner. Such companies usually keep track of projects in Excel files or other spreadsheet editors that are generally not suitable for this purpose.

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Why translation agencies need to move away from Excel to keep track of projects and finances


What does a pack of primitive hunter-gatherers in the Neolithic era and a company that provides, for example, translation services have in common? Are things more difficult for modern translators or primitive hunters? What techniques developed in antiquity do we still use? And how do we use them?

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Hello Totomi


A normal day, a normal project is finished for a normal client, I send them the normal translation and write them the normal email. The person at the other end is a Japanese girl called Totomi...

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A story of midnight translation delivery


The incident described below happened at the very beginning of my career as a project manager, and it taught me a lot. It’s the end of a normal working day and time to leave the office, but I’m struggling to wrap up one of my projects. I am still actively corresponding with a client in Japan. I remember her name was Akiko.

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How to avoid problems
with translators:
for project managers


One of the hardest parts of a translation project manager’s job is supervising translators’ work and building relationships with them. All project managers know, the more competent and predictable the translators in their team, the more projects their team can complete, and, therefore, the more they can earn. As long as the project management and sales at a translation agency are well organized, the main obstacle to growth in the company is going to be shortage of staff. How do you minimize the risks associated with this and attract the best linguists to your team?

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Who Are “Project Managers” in a Translation Agency?


In modern society, it seems that almost any employable person can be a manager. As new jobs occur and already existing markets develop, the concept of “manager” becomes more and more broad¬—to the point that nowadays it’s not always clear what duties should be assigned to all the various kinds of managers that exist: finance managers, sales managers, purchases managers, and so on.

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