Austin Area Translators & Interpreters Association

Participants chat during a break at the Business Basics workshop.Didn’t make the Business Basics workshop with Ted Wozniak? Read this review by AATIA member Cecilia Berrios and find out what you missed. Berrios is currently employed as a policy analyst for a state agency and has recently launched a second career as a freelance Spanish-English translator.

Wozniak covers the basics: a review by Cecilia Berrios

A great overview of how to operate a translation business was recently addressed at a workshop titled, “Business Basics for Freelancers.” Sponsored by AATIA, the workshop was held on June 14 at the International Center of Austin. As a newcomer to the translation profession, I found the training most helpful. Running a successful translation business takes more than just having expertise in your language pair(s)!

The training was presented by Ted Wozniak, who maintains that operating an effective translation business involves learning how to establish a “business presence,” advertising, finding work, getting paid, keeping tax records, bookkeeping, among other useful topics.

Other comments from workshop participants:

"Very useful!"

"Everything was important to know or to review."

"I am a beginner and found it to be very useful."

"Very reasonable price for the content, quality and presentation style."

AATIA will offer two more great workshops in the coming months: Wordfast training with Paul Makinen on July 26th and Translation Tools with Jost Zetzsche on September 6th. Watch this space for details!

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  • The City of Austin will host a Small & Minority Business Resources “Certification 101 Workshop” on Wednesday, July 9th, 5:30–7:30 p.m., at 625 E. 10th Street, Room 105.

    • Find out more about the requirements and benefits of obtaining your Minority-Owned Business Enterprise and/or Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification (MBE/WBE) through the City of Austin Procurement Program.
    • Learn about Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification
    • Work with the City’s Vendor Registration Department to add or update your information on the Vendor Registration System.

    “In addition to becoming certified for City minority and women-owned business procurement opportunities, Small & Minority Business Resources can help businesses with certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, used in federal transportation and aviation projects, as well as the Historically Underutilized Business Program, which encompasses the state of Texas procurement opportunities,” said SMBR Director Stephen Elkins.


    RSVP to Blender Hill at 512.974.7677.

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  • j0174859 Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to improve the business side of your T&I business. Sign up for Business Basics for Freelancers. Both old hands and newcomers to the profession will benefit from this workshop, which will cover basic bookkeeping and record-keeping requirements, ensuring payment, tax and financial planning, and more.

    Download a registration form and register today!

    Students enrolled in the ACC Translation and Interpreting Program attend for half price! Contact Laura Vlasman for more information.

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  • McElroy, Asia Online join forces

    McElroy AATIA business member McElroy Translation Company is partnering with automated translation technology provider Asia Online Portals to collaborate on new technologies based on the symbiotic relationship between machine translation (MT) and human translation. The partnership combines Asia Online’s statistical MT platform and interactive continuous improvement environment with McElroy Translation’s linguistic expertise in technical and patent translations.

    Source: Multilingual News, May 28, 2008; thanks to Julie Nordskog for the tip.

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  • The flyer and registration form for Ted Wozniak’s workshop "Business Basics for Freelancers," scheduled for June 14, are now available for downloading.

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  • AATIA members attend China trade conference

    The International Partnership of Austin (IPA) held a joint conference on investment in China with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) at the Stephen F. Austin Inter-Continental Hotel in Austin on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. A group of AATIA members were invited to attend. The AATIA group included Julie Nordskog, Takao Nonaka, Shwujen Wu, and myself. Julie operated the name tag table for attendees and acted as a gracious host during the half-day conference.

    The featured speaker was Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson. Stephen Wong, regional director for HKTDC, led a panel discussion on the experience of doing business in Hong Kong and China. Bob Pearson, VP Dell, gave a presentation on the influence of China on the World Wide Web and the online experience. Other parts of the conference were a panel discussion on sourcing and manufacturing in Hong Kong and China, a presentation describing the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, a talk on capital issues in China by Peter Harris, partner in Javelin Investments, and a “Nuts and Bolts” workshop given by all the experts present at the conference.

    Special thanks should go to Julie for her tireless hosting at the conference. She gave us a professional image.

    Mark your calendar for upcoming workshops

    Ted Wozniak AATIA will offer two great professional development opportunities in coming months. The first, “Business Basics for Freelancers,” will take place on the morning of June 14th. This four-hour workshop will cover general business aspects of freelancing, including basic bookkeeping and record-keeping requirements, ensuring payment, and tax and financial planning. The presenter, AATIA member Ted Wozniak, holds degrees in Accounting and German and has worked as an accountant in both the private and public sectors. Ted is also the owner of the well-known Payment Practices website.

    Jost ZetzscheThe second event will be a “Translator’s Toolbox” seminar presented by Jost Zetzsche on September 6th. This all-day affair, designed to help you unleash the power of your computer for greater speed and efficiency in your work, will include two sessions, the morning devoted to computer basics and the afternoon to specific translation and terminology management tools. Participants will have the opportunity to register for one session or both. Jost is an ATA-accredited English-to-German translator, a consultant in the field of localization and translation, and a writer on technical solutions for the translation and localization industry, including the Tool Kit newsletter for translators. He is a frequent presenter at ATA and other conferences.

    Mark your calendar, and watch this site for further information about these two events. Registration for the Business Basics workshop will begin in mid-May.

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