ATA Business Practices Info

The American Translators Association website is a great resource for freelancers — not only for translators and interpreters, but also for writers, editors, proofreaders, designers, fact-checkers, indexers, and other publishing-industry freelancers.

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A short list of useful ATA website pages

The Savvy Newcomer, ATA’s new blog for newly minted translators and interpreters.

Business Smarts (Q&A articles)

Translation agreements (a sample for a one-time translation job and guidelines for an open-ended service contract).

A list of approximately a gazillion blogs about translation and interpreting.

Plus CalPro, an expense and rate calculator (in Microsoft Excel format).

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The ATA Business Practices List

The ATA Business Practices list is hosted on Yahoo. You must be an ATA member to join, and you must provide your full name and member number in your application to join. Not doing so will delay your approval and lead the moderators to believe that you are unable or unwilling to follow instructions (I know this for sure!). Why? Well, read the home page message: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/ata_business_practices/

List members must abide by some commonsense rules. The quality of the list depends on its members’ collegiality, consideration, and restraint. The ATA Business Practices List Policy and Etiquette document can be accessed here:

BP Policy & Etiquette – revised-pdf 2014-08-14.

Here is a direct link to the PDF, in case you’d like to share without promoting my blog (perfectly fine!): http://bit.ly/ataBPrules.

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The shortened link to this page is http://wp.me/P1mQbL-d2.

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