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how to get work when you can only work part time?
Thread poster: Catherine Gorton
Catherine Gorton
Local time: 00:38
French to English
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Jul 23, 2007

Hi I am quite new to the translation business. I work part time (evening) as I take care of my baby son during the day. I want to find other customers but as I cannot work more than 4 hours per day, I can't submit quotes for the type of jobs usually posted on the proz website, as my working pace is too slow. My only customer gives me work only every 4 weeks (which I complete in 4 weeks) but I'd like to find other customers. Any ideas?

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Vadim Poguliaev  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 02:38
English to Russian
obvious solution Jul 24, 2007

You could try to engage partner or subcontractor and share urgent tasks with him/her. Also there're always ongoing projects with small flow - you could try to reach for those.



[Edited at 2007-07-24 21:25]


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Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Ireland
Local time: 00:38
that is a very good idea Jul 24, 2007

Vadim Poguliaev wrote:

You could try to engage partner or subcontractor and share urgent tasks with him/her. Also there're always ongoing projects with small flow - you could try to reach for those.



[Edited at 2007-07-24 21:25]


If you know any other linguists, you could ask if you could do any surplus work that they need to split up or don't have time to do.

Besides, now is a good time to send your CV to agencies and to advertise for clients, as many translators are off on holidays.


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Yvette Neisser Moreno  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 19:38
Spanish to English
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similar issue Jul 25, 2007

I don't have an answer, Catherine, but I have a similar problem that I'd like to throw out and see what people think. I have 2 young children and also work part-time, just 3 days/week. I have been hesitant to mention this to clients/agencies when they contact me, because I am afraid that makes me less desirable. I generally just say that I am unavailable or busy on the other days.

What do you all think about this? Should I be open about my limited work hours and reason for it?

Thanks,
Yvette


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Angela Arnone  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:38
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Italian to English
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"part time" isn't applicable to freelancers-)-)! Jul 25, 2007

FWIW, I think that the whole point of being a freelancer is that you can choose who, when, why and how much you work.
The expression "part time" could be used if you had an office job and only worked part of the hours your colleagues work, but not in our business.

You don't need to say why you are turning down a job: agencies/direct clients will ask you - if you can take the job, fine. If you not available, you simply say "no thanks".

It really isn't a big deal. They're used to it!
Don't limit yourselves. I work full-time but that does not mean that I never turn down jobs ... in fact, I turn down more than I accept, because I am really overworked anyway.

So ... go for it! And when you are ready to do more, you will already have laid the foundations for going "big time".

Ciao
Angela


Yvette Neisser Moreno wrote:
part-time, just 3 days/week. .....Thanks,
Yvette


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Carolin Haase  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 01:38
English to German
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You do all the work you can do Jul 27, 2007

Yvette Neisser Moreno wrote:

Should I be open about my limited work hours and reason for it?



I don't think you need to mention why you only have limited time- if you can't do, you can't do it.
Children grow up and in a year or so, they will go to playgroup and then you can take on more work. I've been in your situation, so I know what it's like.

All the best,

Carolin


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Yvette Neisser Moreno  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the comments! Jul 27, 2007

Thanks for your helpful comments.

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