Well, I’ve made a bit more progress with the list.
learn to use memoQI’ve abandoned memoQ as a potential CAT tool. I sent them some feedback explaining why but in short, if I’m going to spend €300 on their product, I don’t expect to have to write to them to find out how to use it.
learn to use trados
I’m not going to worry about Trados either. I took a look at Wordfast at the weekend. I had understood it was free – it’s not. Like memoQ it’s around the €300 mark. However, there is the Wordfast Anywhere tool which is free. Not only is it free, it does what I was expecting a CAT tool to do, namely to draw upon some kind of public translation memory in order to provide an initial, draft translation. Plus, it comes with instructions that I can understand.
- get active in proz
Not done, but see Translator’s Cafe below.
- active tes.net
I’ll do this today.
- prepare the flyer
I’ve started work on this, but it’s like the website. It’s really hard to create something from nothing. I’ll have to look around for some more ideas.
- create a marketing prospects list
I need to stop putting this off. It’s not even hard!
- draft an email
- draft a letter
See above. I’m going to be doing this marketing shit for the rest of my working life. I might as well start now. The list/letter I draft now will form the foundation for everything that follows.
Done. I’ve also brought the accounts up-to-date.
sign up to translator’s caféDone. They have this nifty little thing where they email you with translation questions people are looking for help on. I’ve had a go at answering a few. It’s fun! And it keeps my translating muscles in shape, and I’m improving my own vocabulary.
- send cv to agency
Not done. This is a toughie. I want to be able to put Wordfast on my CV before I send it. Ugh 😦
enquire about sft membershipDone. It took forever to write the email (in French). No response as yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t respond at all.
finish reading booksI still have four to read/skim through. I’ll do it today. I’ll start now in fact.
I guess this is progress, but I’m still feeling pretty despondent.