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Poll: Do you work from more than one physical location?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you work from more than one physical location?".

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irishpolyglot
Ireland
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Yes Nov 6, 2008

I am travelling the world with my translation work, so I put up this poll to see if people move from their home base at all? Even bringing your work to a café around the corner occasionally (way too distracting for me) has to be better than looking at the same four walls all the time? Of course if you're employed to work in an office building then you have no choice...

I find the freedom of location independence has to be taken advantage of! I make sure that I rent a nice quite place with good Internet (and air conditioning if required; it's getting into summer in Buenos Aires right now) then I can get great work done. But every 2 or 3 months I take it somewhere else

[Edited at 2008-11-06 15:23]


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Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 21:53
French to English
3 different locations Nov 6, 2008

Depending on the day of the week Now I have enough cell phone chargers and laptop plugs to leave 1 in each location (this was a problem for me in the beginning, I would always forget something).

I prefer the one where I have my own office with a door that I can shut for peace and quiet, and the internet speed there is the fastest!


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avsie  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:53
English to French
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Two physical locations Nov 6, 2008

I work from two physical locations, i.e. at the office for my in-house job and at home for my freelancing work

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Alexandra Goldburt
Local time: 12:53
English to Russian
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Interpreter's perspective Nov 6, 2008

I'm not sure I'm working FROM different locations, but, as an interpreter, I'm definitely working AT many different locations. Unless it's a long-term project (which happens rarely), I'm driving every day to a location specified by my client.

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Lany Chabot-Laroche  Identity Verified
Canada
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English to French
Dito Nov 6, 2008

Marie-Claude Falardeau wrote:

I work from two physical locations, i.e. at the office for my in-house job and at home for my freelancing work


Same thing, I couldn't decide right away which one I wanted to do so I chose both. This might change In time when I get more clients as a freelancer but this dual work is very enjoyable for now.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Apart from home Nov 6, 2008

... it could be in a cyber cafe, for example this Monday I was in the city (I live 40 mins outside, in the country) and checked my mail around 11 am, found I had 2 shortish but "urgent" jobs waiting, so did them between there and my friend's house round the corner. There are also several pubs/bars/restaurants with free wifi in my area and at one time or another I may use them.
I usually go back home to Scotland at Xmas and take my laptop so that I can work on the way if there are any flight delays, or even just watch a dvd to pass the time.
Then, I can work from home in Scotland with it, or in one of the many cyber cafes, although they tend to be very expensive in UK compared with Spain.
You are right about the distractions though, I do not work as quickly or thoroughly when working away from home.
Another snag with cyber cafes is that they usually only have Open Office, which sometimes gives problems with compatibilities.


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cisternas  Identity Verified
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To wherever I go Nov 6, 2008

I work mainly on my "office" at home. But from time to time, I move to my mother´s home (near town - 120 kms) or wherever I have to go while I am working on a translation.

[Edited at 2008-11-06 16:02]


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Nathalie White  Identity Verified
Ireland
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English to French
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Home office Nov 6, 2008

I mainly work from home in a guest bedroom converted into an office. Like Lori, I like the fact that I can shut the door at the end of the day and forget about work.

When I work from another country, it is simply because I am visiting my parents in France for a few days.

I'd love to work in a café but I'm afraid I'll spend my time sipping hot chocolates and watching people around me instead of working!


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Armalite
Russian Federation
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English to Russian
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2 main locations Nov 6, 2008

at home and in the office

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Paola Giardina  Identity Verified
Argentina
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Three days a week from the office Nov 6, 2008

Hi,

I work mainly from home and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (1 to 7 PM), I work from the office where I'm freelance PM.

I decided to do this because I's good to see other people and share a cup of coffee to discuss language topics with colleagues somentimes...

Most of the time, our job is a lonely one, isn't it?

See you around,

Paola


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Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
United States
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mobile Nov 6, 2008

Well, I provide interpreting services, so, for that I must travel to courts, lawyers' offices, etc.
But, as far as translation work, I do about 90% in my office, but, also have a laptop,
and sometimes take my work downtown to a cafe, or, sit no the porch, or go the bedroom with the laptop, must to escape this office.


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Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
United States
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Claro Nov 6, 2008

Paola Giardina wrote:

Most of the time, our job is a lonely one, isn't it?


Paola


It is.
This is why I finally bought a laptop.
For a long time I just stayed here in this office.
At least now I can get out a little bit, even when I have work to do.


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Grace Horsley  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:53
Member (2008)
Spanish to English
Mostly at home, but... Nov 6, 2008

Although I normally work in my office at home where I have my 'proper' computer, I always take my laptop to the UK with me when I go back to visit my family. I've also been known to take work with me to friends' houses and even on the odd weekend away. I can't decide whether having a laptop gives you more freedom or actually means that you work more!

When working at home I also like to have a change of scenery from time to time. If I still have work left to do in the evening, I often take my laptop into the living room if I'm fed up of sitting in my office all day.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Yes Nov 6, 2008

From my easy chair to my bed.

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