Mumbi Kasumba officially started on Monday 1 June, but three days earlier she assisted me with an online quiz night I ran for translation colleagues. She will be helping me with some of my day-to-day office tasks, leaving me more time to do what I love most: translating and editing.
Here are some of the tasks she will be doing or has already started doing:
- responding to initial enquiries from potential clients (requesting more information about the assignment, asking when it’s due, etc.);
- sharing articles with clients and colleagues through my social media channels;
- sharing information and links related to translations of mine that have been published;
- running regular backups of my drives;
- sending invoices and chasing up on unpaid ones;
- entering income and expenditure items into my accounts spreadsheet;
- completing tax returns;
- maintaining my Translation Office 3000 database, including adding custom fields to my projects and clients so that I can easily filter them;
- setting up non-confidential projects in MemoQ;
- importing final, revised translations into MemoQ and updating the translation memory;
- organizing travel and accommodation for my business trips.
Mumbi is a communications professional with over 3 years of journalism and communications experience. Previously, she has worked as a communications intern for the child-focused NGO Arigatou International and as a Communications Assistant for the World Human Accountability Organization (WHAO), where she was responsible for social media management, campaign strategies for various initiatives, and correspondence with collaborating NGOs. Her achievements included helping the WHAO to plan events such as Backpacks for a Bright Future. In 2018, she helped arrange a film screening at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark Chinese Language Day.
In October 2018, Mumbi joined Divas for Social Justice as a Communications Programme Leader, where she spent 6 months teaching journalism and communications skills to youth in Queens, New York.
In addition to her work as my assistant, Mumbi will continue to volunteer her time to help produce the Oranjemund Community Newsletter.
Do you also have somebody helping you with your admin tasks? In the comments section, share how that person has helped you and any tasks he or she performs that I haven’t thought of.