Tuesday, 28 November 2017 13:18

Bluebird Translations turns 10 years old!

LinkedIn gave us a pleasant surprise a few days ago: I was suddenly getting personal messages and comments on our profile because LinkedIn had posted that it had been exactly 10 years since Bluebird was born. And it has indeed been 10 years since I first registered the business at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, after two years working as an in-house translator in the Netherlands.

Since then our team has grown along with our experience, and so has our portfolio. All this growth has also allowed us to fulfill our dream of sharing our beautiful office space in Amsterdam city center and transforming it into a hub for local translators working in various languages.

Thanks for all the anniversary wishes and for your trust in our daily work.

10 years

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Monday, 26 December 2016 12:55

Merry Christmas and the best for 2017!

This is the Christmas card that we've sent this year to our clients, collaborators, family, and friends. The original design, based on our (UNESCO-protected) office building, was done in aquarelle by Rotterdam-based artist Marrit van Natten. You can check out her beautiful artwork at her website.


Our best and most sincere wishes from the heart of the Jordaan, Amsterdam, where Bluebird keeps growing along with the community of professional translators with whom we share our work space.


Actually, in 2017 we'll have to celebrate our 5th anniversary since Bluebird Translations moved to this office. Stay tuned to this blog for more info on the best summer BBQ in town :)






this coming 2017 
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 If you are based in Amsterdam or you know any fellow translator based here, you might find our set-up interesting or want to let others know about it, so please feel free to spread the word about our project.

We are a small international community of translators sharing a beautiful office space in the Jordaan, strategically located between Haarlemmerdijk and Brouwersgracht, only a 10-minute walk from Central Station.
The office is located on the commercial ground floor of an amazing 17th-century building that houses an art gallery and other office spaces on every floor.

We have 2 full-time desks available at the moment. The space can accommodate up to 7 people. I started it with some freelance friends a couple of years ago, and of the 5 people we now have, 4 of us are Amsterdam-based translators with different language pairs (still no Dutch-native translator on board!).

- Your own big desk
- 24/7 access
- In-room meeting table
- Access to an independent meeting room upstairs
- A work environment, which is concentration- and client-friendly at the same time
- Personal storage space
- High-speed Internet 120MB download - 6MB upload (wired and wireless)
- UPC Kabel Digital TV
- Kitchen
- Multifunction printer
- Occasional Jelly events
- Bathroom
- Cleaning service
- And, last but not least, a helpful knowledge-sharing community of experienced, savvy translators around you

The rent for the workstation is 214/month including service costs and excluding BTW. Obviously this quantity is both deductible for Omzetbelasting and Inkomstenbelasting, so the price we end up paying is actually much lower. It involves a deposit and a flexible 2-month agreement (either of the parties can cancel at any moment on 2 months notice).

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