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Tips for Working Remotely in the Translation Industry

Tips for Working Remotely in the Translation Industry

Working from home seems like it’s here to stay. The translation industry has always embraced remote work, but it’s now becoming more relevant than ever.

Language service providers (e.g., Pangeanic) had been offering remote language services long before the pandemic. Such companies have become role models for pushing boundaries, showing what the industry can achieve remotely.

While there are numerous benefits to remote work, there will inevitably be challenges. How does one achieve work-life balance while working remotely? As a Project Manager in the industry, how do you effectively manage your team?

Here are some tips that can help professionals in the translation industry work remotely in more effective ways. 

Creating Clear Boundaries

Working remotely has continually gotten praise for achieving a better work-life balance. For instance, you save a lot of time and money otherwise spent on the commute. Or you won’t have to deal with workplace gossip and can just focus on your work!

Truth is, there can be a lot of distractions too. From all the new TV show releases to children running around and throwing tantrums mid-Zoom meeting. And then there are all those snacks! Sure, work-life balance can be great, but it’s up to you to make it happen. Here are a couple things you can try.

  • Dedicate a specific time frame. Don’t do work when it’s your time to take a break and vice versa. Make sure you give yourself enough personal time.


  • Allocate a workspace. Leave everything work-related behind after your workday is over. But try to explain to those living with you that THIS is your “office” — and while you’re there, it means you’re busy.


  • Turn off any social media distractions. Close them and turn off SoMe alerts while you’re at work. And then try to disconnect from your work email during your personal time.

Regular Check-ins

Attention, Project Managers! Make sure to maintain a good connection with your team. Opening the lines of communication reduces misunderstandings, prevents work duplication and ensures that everyone is on track.

If you work in a team with colleagues around the world, good communication is key. It’s important to make sure different time zones are accommodated, and issues are flagged in time for review.