Greater than 3 minutes, my friend!
Note : This is not a sponsored post. It is simply a report on a powerful tool that could easily change your day-to-day life as a translator!
Have you heard about LSP.expert, the platform that helps freelance translators manage their projects and finances? If not, here’s a quick round-up for you: LSP.expert was created by translators for translators. In a market where most online platforms are designed for agencies or larger-scale vendors, this product is a very welcome addition for people working alone. Because let’s be honest, we don’t need a third of the functionalities offered by more extensive solutions!
How LSP.expert helped me take control of my day-to-day tasks and get a better view of how I’m doing professionally.
Before: I simply used archaic Excel spreadsheets with an almost non-existent structure. I had to manually update them every time I had a new project, every time I issued a new invoice. Talk about painful, time-consuming and error-prone! I felt like all my data was scattered all over my computer and it certainly took me a while to find the one piece of information I was looking for. I definitely wasn’t in control of the administrative side of my business.
Now: All of the data related to my translation business is stored on one platform: my projects, my client’s details, my rates, my invoices. I can enter everything I need to know and remember about my project: the name, the PO number, the deadline, the area of specialization, a fixed price or the related number of words/hours and even some notes in the dedicated area (which is very handy when you need to remind yourself to check a term, ask a question to your client or make some final changes in the file). Last but not least, LSP.expert supports Studio matches, so if you want a detailed analysis of your project, it can do just that!
With a single click, LSP.expert allows me to see my monthly revenue, the number of words I’ve worked on during a given period, for which client and in what area of specialization and so much more! I can also create and send my invoices (in the currency of my choice) in a matter of seconds and see when the email has been received and opened. One of the latest additions is the time tracker: it basically calculates the time you spend on each task and generates beautiful performance reports that productivity freaks will love.
I can’t also not speak about the people behind the platform. It was designed by freelance translators and it shows: they have our best interest at hearts. I’ve been using LSP.expert since last April now, and I love the fact that they are very open to suggestions early adopters like me had from the beginning. Every time I had a question or faced a problem, they’ve been very responsive and have gone the extra mile to work things out. They also constantly strive to improve the platform, add new functionalities and optimize the user experience.
Now, I know what you might think: it all looks very nice, but I don’t have the time to learn how to use a new tool, let alone to adjust to a different structure! While LSP.expert has a bit of a learning curve, the design is intuitive enough for you to find your way among its numerous features. The team has also prepared how-to videos that take you through the basic functions of the tool.
The platform is exclusively available online which is great if you work from different devices or are often on the go – you can access your data from your laptop, your desktop and even your smartphone. The team also stresses the fact that everything is protected and kept confidential, something reassuring for people who are not comfortable sending their information on the cloud.
In short, LSP.expert has completely revolutionized the way I organized my business. After almost a year of using the tool, I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I’ve taken so far. If you’d like to see if the tool is right for you, you can create an account and have access to all the features for free for one month. Beware: you’ll be addicted in no time!