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Do you inform potential clients you may not work with them if they have a low Blue Board score?
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Do you ever take a day out to do administration work?
By anonymous - featured on 08:10
No 60.2%
Yes 28.6%
Other - N/A 11.2%
836 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What has been your most effective strategy to get paid by very late payers?
By Oliver Lawrence - featured on Aug 25
Frequent emailing 34.5%
I've never had any very late payers 20.8%
Post an entry in their Blue Board 18.8%
Other - N/A 13.6%
Telephoning 5.5%
Letter from lawyer/going to court 5.5%
Using a debt recovery agency 1.3%
818 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you learned a language you have not been able to fully employ in your translation work?
By Alessandra Meregaglia - featured on Aug 24
Yes 64.5%
No 29.7%
Other - N/A 5.8%
848 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever learnt something by proofreading another translator's translation?
By Natalia Pedrosa - featured on Aug 23
Yes 83.1%
No 8.8%
Other - N/A 8.1%
939 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How many holiday/vacation weeks do you usually take in a year?
By Mary Worby - featured on Aug 22
3 - 5 weeks 31.3%
1 - 2 weeks 26.6%
Other - N/A 18.1%
< 1 week 12.0%
5 - 8 weeks 8.8%
> 8 weeks 3.3%
707 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Is it worthwhile having a Facebook page for your translation business?
By anonymous - featured on Aug 21
No 61.1%
Other - N/A 27.1%
Yes 11.8%
609 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you reply to mass emails from outsourcers?
By Gitte Hovedskov - featured on Aug 20
It depends 35.7%
Yes, sometimes 31.1%
No, never 27.9%
Yes, always 3.6%
Other - N/A 1.8%
843 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Would you stop being a freelancer if you were offered a permanent in-house position?
By Andrea Garfield-Barkworth - featured on Aug 19
No 56.0%
I'm not sure 30.0%
Yes 9.0%
Other - N/A 5.0%
1015 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you encourage your own children to learn other languages?
By anonymous - featured on Aug 18
Yes 47.8%
I don't have children 45.6%
Other - N/A 4.1%
No 2.5%
892 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you consider that ProZ.com has helped you to reach and get new clients?
By RosárioQuadros - featured on Aug 17
Yes, definitely 49.7%
Yes, to a certain extent 33.4%
No 14.4%
Other - N/A 2.6%
896 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How often do you check your primary email?
By Tural Afandi - featured on Aug 16
Automatically 69.9%
A few times a day 23.8%
Other - N/A 5.0%
Once a day 0.8%
A few times in a week 0.5%
864 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Supposing there are no other factors involved, who gets your priority?
By anonymous - featured on Aug 15
A regular client 77.8%
A new client 10.6%
Other - N/A 9.8%
An irregular client 1.9%
625 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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August 13th is the International Left Handers Day. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
By Catharine Cellier-Smart - featured on Aug 14
Right-handed 84.3%
Left-handed 9.5%
Other - N/A 6.2%
611 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How many hours on average do you usually work per day?
By Anton Borjesson - featured on Aug 13
Between 6 and 8 hours 32.1%
Between 8 and 10 hours 23.9%
Between 4 and 6 hours 16.9%
Between 10 and 12 hours 8.8%
Other - N/A 7.2%
Between 2 and 4 hours 6.0%
> than 12 hours 3.1%
< than 2 hours 2.0%
804 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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On average, how many jobs do you turn down due to your busy schedule?
By Bruno Depascale - featured on Aug 12
1 or 2 jobs per month 23.1%
> than 6 jobs per month 21.1%
I don't turn down jobs due to a busy schedule 18.3%
3 or 4 jobs per month 15.8%
Other - N/A 13.2%
5 or 6 jobs per month 8.5%
871 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What contingency plan do you have if your internet connection fails?
By anonymous - featured on Aug 11
I use a mobile phone as a modem 34.7%
I don't have a contingency plan 17.6%
I go to the local coffee shop or pub WiFi 16.3%
I have a back-up mobile WiFi device 14.1%
Other - N/A 11.5%
I use my neighbour's WiFi 5.8%
971 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you think the UK's withdrawal from the EU is going to affect your translation business?
By Helen Portefaix - featured on Aug 10
No, I don't think so 60.6%
I don't know 15.5%
Yes, perhaps 14.9%
Yes, definitely 7.2%
Other - N/A 1.8%
992 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you usually charge rush fees?
By Milena Taylor - featured on Aug 9
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Is your work showing any sign of slowing down at this time of the year?
By Mary Worby - featured on Aug 8
No 45.4%
Yes 27.4%
More or less 20.7%
Other - N/A 6.5%
744 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you already voted in the ProZ.com community choice awards?
By anonymous - featured on Aug 7
You have not voted on this poll.
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How often do you increase your rates?
By Anne-Virginie Lerat - featured on Aug 6
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Do you have a job other than translation?
By Silvia Di Profio - featured on Aug 5
No, I'm only a full-time translator 71.3%
Yes, I have a second job 20.2%
Other - N/A 8.5%
1012 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you purchase the license of your CAT tool anew every time it has a major upgrade?
By anonymous - featured on Aug 4
No 57.0%
Yes 15.8%
I don't use CAT tools 15.2%
Other - N/A 12.0%
939 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Freelancers, how would you label yourself as a language services provider?
By José Henrique Lamensdorf - featured on Aug 3
Specific subject matter translation expert 41.9%
Other - N/A 23.9%
I get it done, no matter what! 20.5%
Multiple languages covered 6.2%
Lightning-fast turnaround 24/7 3.6%
Swiss army knife (+ DTP, video, HTML, etc.) 1.6%
Supreme CAT tools master 1.3%
Unbeatable low rates 1.0%
928 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Did a client ever go out of business owing you money?
By Muriel Vasconcellos - featured on Aug 2
No, never 57.8%
Yes, once or twice 35.2%
Other - N/A 5.2%
Yes, many times 1.8%
932 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever worked on a project which made you change completely your opinion on the subject?
By Carla Lopes - featured on Aug 1
No, never 55.7%
Yes, once or twice 28.4%
Other - N/A 8.3%
Yes, several times 7.5%
707 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Can translators be over-qualified for a job?
By anonymous - featured on Jul 31
Yes 45.8%
No 42.8%
Other - N/A 11.4%
657 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you think we should charge for the delivery of a translation memory?
By INES Reisch - featured on Jul 30
Yes 33.0%
Never thought about it 28.4%
No 16.2%
I don't know 12.2%
Other - N/A 10.2%
795 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Your main e-mail address is...
By Monika Jakacka Márquez - featured on Jul 29
Hosted by a free domain 52.5%
Hosted by your own domain 25.6%
Hosted by a third party domain 16.6%
Other - N/A 5.3%
905 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How concerned are you about losing your job to translation software in the future?
By Cenk Haznacı - featured on Jul 28
Not concerned at all 56.9%
Somewhat concerned 26.5%
Quite concerned 9.0%
Other - N/A 4.2%
Very concerned indeed 3.4%
947 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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If no instructions are given, how closely do you match the format of a scanned PDF?
By Kathryn Litherland - featured on Jul 27
I present a rough approximation using basic Word tools 33.2%
I present a very close approximation (e.g. fonts/font sizes) 26.7%
I recreate the layout/styles precisely 19.7%
Other - N/A 12.8%
I present the translation as straight text 7.6%
907 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What is the most important lesson that you have learned as a translator?
By Morano El-Kholy - featured on Jul 26
To specialize in a certain field 33.9%
Other - N/A 28.6%
To be extremely cautious with everyone 16.2%
To have patience regarding payment issues 12.0%
To be creative and develop a sense of humor 9.3%
893 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever had a recurring dream about your translation/interpretation work?
By anonymous - featured on Jul 25
No, never 61.8%
Yes, once or twice 22.4%
Yes, many times 11.4%
Other - N/A 4.3%
736 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Throughout your career, which has been your recipe to increase your income?
By Alan Corbo, CT - featured on Jul 24
Charging average rates, accepting more work 38.7%
Charging higher rates, accepting less work 34.0%
Other - N/A 23.6%
Outsourcing work 3.6%
576 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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If you had to convince someone, how many good reasons could you list for becoming a translator?
By anonymous - featured on Jul 23
Between 1 and 3 41.3%
Between 4 and 5 25.2%
Other - N/A 13.5%
None 8.3%
> than 8 8.1%
Between 6 and 7 3.6%
750 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How many programs do you keep open while translating?
By Mario Chavez - featured on Jul 22
Between 2 and 3 41.5%
Between 4 and 5 29.7%
Between 6 and 8 10.4%
Only one 7.9%
Other - N/A 7.6%
> than 9 2.9%
885 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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In the last six months, your rates per word have...
By Vito Smolej - featured on Jul 21
remained the same 65.5%
raised a little 21.3%
Other - N/A 4.3%
lowered a little 4.1%
raised significantly 3.4%
lowered significantly 1.5%
950 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (9)] [View this poll]

Have you ever worked as a full time voluntary translator/interpreter abroad?
By anonymous - featured on Jul 20
No 91.8%
Yes 6.1%
Other - N/A 2.1%
938 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you recommend that colleagues and new translators join ProZ.com?
By Nisreen Barakat - featured on Jul 19
Yes, always 40.6%
Yes, sometimes 29.9%
Very rarely 10.4%
No, never 10.1%
Other - N/A 9.0%
932 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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When you translate a ".doc" document, which layout do you work with?
By Helena Diaz del Real - featured on Jul 18
Normal layout 58.5%
Page layout 26.4%
Other - N/A 14.3%
Web layout 0.8%
740 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How many hard drives do you have in your computer?
By M. Laut - featured on Jul 17
One 53.2%
Two 28.1%
I'm not sure 8.1%
Three 5.6%
> three 2.9%
Other - N/A 2.1%
665 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (21)] [View this poll]

Would you call being a translator/interpreter exciting?
By anonymous - featured on Jul 16
It depends 35.1%
Yes, definitely 30.8%
No, it's a job like any other 19.4%
Hadn't thought of it 10.8%
Other - N/A 3.9%
877 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you determined a certain day of the week on which you don't accept any work?
By tilak raj - featured on Jul 15
No 67.1%
Yes 27.5%
Other - N/A 5.4%
1002 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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The most common reason why you might turn down a client is...
By Anna Smith - featured on Jul 14
The rates are too low 69.3%
The deadlines are too short 17.9%
Other - N/A 9.7%
The project managers are unfriendly 1.7%
Client is not very responsive 1.4%
990 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (31)] [View this poll]

Have you had an experience that made you think, “I’ll never do a translation like that again”?
By anonymous - featured on Jul 13
Yes 78.9%
No 15.8%
Other - N/A 5.3%
983 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (16)] [View this poll]

Do you use the new ProZ.com app?
By Montserrat S. - featured on Jul 12
No 59.2%
Not yet 27.5%
From time to time 6.0%
Yes 5.2%
Other - N/A 2.1%
1024 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Considering the earning potential of fulltime freelance translation, my income is:
By Oleg Rudavin - featured on Jul 11
Average 36.0%
Pretty high 21.8%
Not very high 19.0%
Low 11.0%
Other - N/A 9.1%
Very high 3.2%
748 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How long had you been learning your 2nd language before you could think freely in it?
By anonymous - featured on Jul 10
A couple of years 33.5%
Other - N/A 30.2%
< a couple of years 25.1%
A year 6.0%
A few months 3.7%
> a few weeks 1.5%
597 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you experienced any of these work-related ailments?
By Julianne Rowland - featured on Jul 9
Other - N/A 25.5%
Back pain 21.9%
Eye strain 17.7%
Neck pain 13.4%
Poor leg circulation 10.7%
Repetitive stress injury (RSI) 6.1%
Carpal tunnel syndrome 4.6%
803 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (24)] [View this poll]

Do you submit quotes for a job if an outsourcer does not have any Blue Board entries?
By Rodrigo Bueno - featured on Jul 8
It depends 58.0%
Yes 18.5%
No 17.1%
Other - N/A 6.4%
949 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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