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B. Services Ranks #44 in Proz

We have just received a wonderful new year’s gift: after getting our 100th positive feedback on Proz, the global leading marketplace for translation and interpreting services, our Blue Board profile (http://www.proz.com/blueboard/15352) with a score of 4.92 out of 5 ranks #44 in the all-time ranking for language service providers (LSPs) with more than 100 entries.

The statistics page can be accessed here: http://www.proz.com/lwa?sp_mode=stats (login needed)B.Services Proz RankingThis is really great news! The 100 professional translators and interpreters who have chosen to endorse our job as an LSP encourage us to keep doing what we are doing right now and what we are best at, i.e. delivering on-time and reliable language service projects while maintaining a fair and clear relationship with both our customers and vendors.

We want to warmly thank everybody who contributed to this result and wish you a Happy New Year.

Rise of the Coworking (I): Why People Choose Coworking

Previously…

Back in the good old days before the Industrial Revolution, people mainly relied on agriculture to earn their living. In the long European winter evenings, men would often weave wicker baskets, while women used to work with the loom, in an attempt to raise the family income in a poor subsistence economy.

With the change of economic model, people left the field and home work for factory shifts. Old-fashioned industry involved big factories, with huge machinery which needed a big manpower to be operated.

Working life in a technological world

With the rise of technology-driven work environments, the need for manpower in the industrial environment has decreased and the former workers have been compelled to find a new life in the services sector. Thanks to Internet and process dematerialization, often people do not need anymore to be tied to a specific corporate location.

Now your company HQ can perfectly be just a few metres away from your bedroom and living room!

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This is a very common situation among our fellow translators. And, just like many other things in life, carries with itself both advantages and disadvantages.

The relax of working at home

The first thing people usually appreciate whey they begin working at home is that now they can sit down at their living room table or desk, with a cup of coffee and in a very informal outfit. No more buying expensive clothes, no dress code anymore… if you wish you can even earn your daily bread in pijama! (Not recommended if you planned a Skype videocall with one of your main customers, though.)

This way of working allows you to spend more time with your family and dream about reaching some day the perfect balance between working and personal life. You don’t have to waste precious time commuting every day from home to your workplace. And, most important for many, you don’t have to see every day bossy managers nor fight with coworkers for holiday leaves or promotions.

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Do you miss any colleagues?

The same factors could be considered as disadvantages too. Many freelancers can’t clearly separate their work and family time and, even more important, miss some persons to share their everyday life with. If you work alone at home, you can’t make funny jokes nor talk about the last football match of your favourite team. And no, turning on the radio is not a real solution for that. Finally, if you don’t dress in a formal way (let alone the pijama thing!), yourself and other people may get the feeling that you don’t really spend your days at home “working”. Many think that working alone at home is depressing, too.

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The solution? Coworking!

Coworking is a perfect solution for all that. It is normally an affordable option, i.e. even a medium-low income freelancer can rent a space in a downtown coworking place without having to pay for a whole office. They often offer optional services, such as a secretary or a letter pick-up service when you’re not there.

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You can share a working space with other freelancers and professionals, thus enriching your net of contacts and possibily grab new work opportunities. And you can finally get back the feeling of being a real businessman working in a dynamic environment, withouth being tied to an office. If one day one feel lazy or it is snowing, you can perfectly stay home and open your laptop. Your customer shouldn’t feel any difference.

Coworking spaces everywhere

Nowadays there are plenty of coworking spaces in every big city, due to the huge demand for this service. In the next article we will talk about the coworking scene in our hometown, Genoa.

Our Brand New Blog

Hi, you all.

This is our first post on our brand new blog. We have decided to start it in order to share some useful thoughts and resources on languages from the point of view on an Italian Language Service Provider.

We would also like to share interesting information about our beautiful city, Genoa, and the wonderful landscapes sorrounding it, which many of you may not know (and this is a real pity – you can have a preview looking at the overhead picture we have chosen for this blog!), as well as facts&figures about the Italian economical situation and selected import%export opportunities.

As we always are very busy counselling our customers, translating and managing language projects, please do not expect regular posts on this blog. As a matter of facts, it may pass some time before our next update, since we are currently engaged in publishing our new website on www.bservices.eu (we are still working around the contents), along with another interesting project which we would like to inform you about on this blog, some day.

In the meanwhile you can check out our Twitter account for the latest updates.

Your B. Services staff