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What concerns you most right now about the translation business?
By anonymous
Lack of incoming work 31.1%
Other (please share) 14.9%
I'm not concerned about anything 14.1%
Tightening deadlines 12.8%
Late or non-paying clients 12.4%
Machine-translated source texts 5.6%
Lack of quality 4.3%
Non-native source texts 2.8%
Unfavourable text formats 1.9%
531 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Are you the only person who uses your main work computer?
By anonymous - featured on 08:10
You have not voted on this poll.
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Do you have your own website as a professional translator?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 6
No 49.8%
Yes 34.4%
I am working on it 9.7%
I used to 3.7%
Other (please share) 2.4%
1106 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How many books have you read so far this year?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 5
1 - 5 36.3%
5 - 10 17.4%
None 14.8%
More than 30 9.3%
10 - 15 8.6%
15 - 20 4.7%
I don't know 4.7%
20 - 30 4.3%
852 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What do you do while waiting for your PC/notebook to start up?
By Maciej Andrzejczak - featured on Dec 4
Get some coffee/tea/other 36.2%
Nothing 22.2%
Other - N/A 17.7%
Tidy up my workspace 13.3%
Clean my glasses/monitor 4.2%
Daydream 4.2%
Administrative tasks 2.2%
735 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you have professional liability insurance?
By patriciacharnet - featured on Dec 3
No 68.8%
No but I've thought of getting it 14.4%
Yes 13.8%
Other - N/A 3.0%
982 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you worked less in 2016 in comparison with previous years?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 2
No 62.1%
Yes 29.3%
I don't know 8.6%
1114 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How do you do your bookkeeping?
By Maeva Cifuentes - featured on Dec 1
I use a spreadsheet 36.0%
I have an accountant 27.5%
I use bookkeeping software 10.9%
I use a pen and notebook 8.8%
Other (please share) 8.5%
I don't pay attention to bookkeeping 8.3%
1034 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Deadline permitting, do you finalize a translation before the end of the day, or leave it overnight?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 30
Leave it overnight 45.6%
Before the end of the day 42.4%
Other - N/A 12.0%
1041 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Has your source language influenced your target language's grammar, syntax, vocabulary, etc.?
By Natalia Pedrosa - featured on Nov 29
Yes, a little 41.8%
Not at all 29.9%
I don't know 14.6%
Yes, a lot 9.8%
Other 3.9%
1012 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you work mostly with a PC or a laptop?
By SamuelDJones - featured on Nov 28
Laptop 51.0%
PC 40.1%
Both 7.2%
Other - N/A 1.7%
885 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Are you willing to provide your ID/passport number for a contract with a client?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 27
No 38.6%
It depends 34.5%
Yes 24.0%
Other - N/A 2.9%
766 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What has been your longest period of "famine"?
By Alan Corbo, CT - featured on Nov 26
A week or two 25.5%
Less than a week 18.4%
A month 16.6%
A few months 12.2%
I don't know 10.3%
Several months 10.0%
Other - N/A 6.9%
907 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Should a freelance translator take weekends off?
By Sherif Ramadan - featured on Nov 25
Yes 62.2%
Other - N/A 27.3%
No 10.5%
1062 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you think translators each have their very own writing style, regardless of the source text?
By Helen Portefaix - featured on Nov 24
To some extent, but it varies with the source text 51.3%
Yes, definitely 42.8%
No, the style solely depends on the source text 2.3%
I don't know 2.3%
Other - N/A 1.3%
1079 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Can volunteer work lead to a job?
By Sherif Ramadan - featured on Nov 23
It depends 48.3%
Yes 20.6%
No 18.4%
Other - N/A 12.7%
988 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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When do you find yourself more focused in your work?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 22
Very early in the morning 35.0%
It depends 31.3%
In the afternoon 12.6%
Late at night 11.6%
My concentration remains stable all day 5.7%
Other - N/A 3.8%
1109 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What do you do if you finish your work earlier than the delivery deadline?
By Jina Yeo - featured on Nov 21
Deliver the work earlier 63.1%
It depends 30.4%
Wait until the deadline is reached to deliver it 4.9%
Other - N/A 1.5%
871 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever been bored by a translation too easy to perform?
By Susana E. Cano Méndez - featured on Nov 20
No, never 52.9%
Yes, once or twice 24.6%
Yes, many times 17.7%
Other - N/A 4.8%
747 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever succeeded in raising your rates with old, regular clients without losing them?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 19
Only once or twice 35.3%
I never tried 25.3%
Yes, always 22.4%
No, never 9.5%
Other - N/A 7.5%
933 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you think your customers would pay you extra if you outsourced proofreading of your translations?
By Julian Holmes - featured on Nov 18
Unlikely 38.4%
Highly unlikely 28.7%
50/50 chance 11.5%
Other - N/A 11.0%
Likely 6.6%
Highly likely 3.9%
1012 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you check the profiles of the translators shown as 'Featured translator'?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 17
No 67.6%
Yes 17.3%
Other - N/A 15.1%
1065 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Which is the main reason that may lead you to decline a job from a creditworthy outsourcer?
By Nicole Blanc - featured on Nov 16
Unacceptable rates 39.6%
Too short a deadline 22.8%
Job not matching your fields of expertise 16.3%
Other - N/A 12.8%
Outsourcer's overall attitude 3.4%
Job difficulty level 3.3%
Long payment term 1.9%
1135 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you offer a lower rate to attract a new client?
By Miroslawa Jodlowiec - featured on Nov 15
No, never 54.2%
Yes, occasionally 36.8%
Yes, often 4.8%
Other - N/A 4.2%
1153 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (19)] [View this poll]

Do you use good luck charms for good fortune in your business?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 14
I don't believe in those things 48.6%
No 39.1%
Yes 6.4%
Other - N/A 5.9%
811 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you send an email confirming receipt of payments to your clients?
By Mario Freitas - featured on Nov 13
Only if the client requires it 45.3%
Never 27.1%
Always 18.2%
Other - N/A 9.3%
774 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do media reports of inaccurate translations help or hurt translators?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 12
I never thought about it 42.4%
Hurt 24.3%
Help 21.2%
Other - N/A 12.0%
830 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you believe that no word is untranslatable?
By Ikram Mahyuddin - featured on Nov 11
No 62.0%
Yes 25.5%
Other - N/A 12.5%
976 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Who is the boss?
By Chris S - featured on Nov 10
The client 49.1%
Other - N/A 31.2%
The translator 19.7%
952 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you think that translators are respected overall?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 9
No, they are not really respected 38.6%
Yes, they are somewhat respected 38.2%
I don't know 12.8%
Yes, they are highly-respected 6.0%
Other - N/A 4.3%
1051 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How often do you update your ProZ.com availability calendar?
By Yetta J Bogarde - featured on Nov 8
Never 34.2%
Monthly 21.7%
Less than monthly 15.4%
Whenever my schedule changes 14.9%
Other 7.8%
Weekly 3.5%
I didn't know I had one 2.6%
1096 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever bought a product after translating about it?
By Maria Bellido Lois - featured on Nov 7
No, never 62.1%
Yes, once or twice 28.6%
Other - N/A 5.0%
Yes, many times 4.3%
796 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you use speech recognition software when you translate?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 6
No, and I don't want to 51.4%
No, but I'd like to 29.4%
Yes, sometimes 9.9%
Other - N/A 7.1%
Yes, always 2.2%
729 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do your clients manage their source language content with terminology databases and glossary lists?
By Jeff Allen - featured on Nov 5
Yes, some do 53.0%
No 21.8%
I don't know 18.7%
Yes 3.3%
Other - N/A 3.3%
922 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you make/keep annual reports for yourself of project numbers and types, new clients, etc.?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 4
No 57.6%
Yes 32.5%
Other - N/A 9.8%
1008 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you think translators tend to be introverts?
By Helen Portefaix - featured on Nov 3
Yes 36.7%
No 22.2%
Never thought about it 21.7%
I don't know 15.4%
Other 4.1%
1105 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (17)] [View this poll]

Can you work on translation tasks on the go (i.e. at any time and anywhere)?
By sunshotpalace - featured on Nov 2
It depends 41.6%
No, never 23.1%
Yes, sometimes 22.6%
Yes, always 10.5%
Other - N/A 2.1%
1074 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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When investing in products and services for your work, which is the most important factor?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 1
Return on investment 44.3%
How central they are to actual translation work 36.2%
Other (please share) 9.3%
Price 7.2%
The time it takes to learn/use them 3.2%
951 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What do you do against cold hands while typing or doing mouse work?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 31
I don't get cold hands 41.7%
Nothing - they get warm on their own 24.9%
Other (please share) 16.4%
I put my hands on the radiator/heater 8.8%
I wear gloves 8.2%
818 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What do you do when your computer starts slowing down?
By Edward Potter - featured on Oct 30
I fix it myself 41.1%
I get someone to fix it for me 22.0%
Other - N/A 16.2%
Nothing 10.3%
I get a new computer 10.3%
783 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Are you willing to present a sample of your actual work to a potential client if asked?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 29
It depends 41.6%
Yes 41.5%
No 14.7%
Other - N/A 2.2%
846 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What is the most you have paid for a dictionary?
By Mario Chavez - featured on Oct 28
Other -N/A (please share) 16.5%
US $20-$40 13.2%
US $81-$120 12.5%
US $61-$80 11.9%
US $41-$60 11.6%
Less than US $20 9.7%
US $121-$150 9.2%
More than US $200 8.3%
US $150-$200 7.1%
872 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever infringed a non-competition contract and got caught?
By Alexandra Villeminey - featured on Oct 27
No, never 71.7%
I don't sign non-competition contracts 15.8%
Other - N/A 10.3%
Yes, many times 1.1%
Yes, once or twice 1.1%
551 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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When quoting on jobs for which the poster specifies a budget, you...
By anonymous - featured on Oct 27
Quote your own expected rate 47.5%
Quote within the specified budget 24.1%
I don't quote on posted jobs 13.9%
Other - N/A 9.2%
Don't include a rate in your quote 2.3%
Quote above the specified budget 2.0%
Quote below the specified budget 1.1%
952 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (15)] [View this poll]

Have you found long-standing clients at ProZ.com?
By tilak raj - featured on Oct 26
Yes 64.4%
No 28.8%
I don't know 6.8%
1121 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (23)] [View this poll]

When you work on less technical, more creative documents, which is your approach?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 25
I adapt and make appropriate changes 73.0%
I don't work on these documents 10.4%
I stick to the original 9.6%
Other - N/A 6.9%
1037 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (18)] [View this poll]

Where do you live?
By Mary Worby - featured on Oct 24
In a city/town 65.4%
In a village 15.8%
In the suburbs 11.9%
In the middle of nowhere 5.2%
Other - N/A 1.7%
957 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (22)] [View this poll]

Have you ever translated the wrong file?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 23
No, never 65.4%
Yes, once or twice 29.4%
Other - N/A 4.4%
Yes, many times 0.8%
735 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you follow a strict schedule covering every aspect of your work day?
By Jessica Noyes - featured on Oct 22
No, but I follow a rough schedule 33.8%
I have a schedule that I generally follow 28.6%
No, I carry out my activities at random 25.7%
I have a schedule that I follow consistently 6.3%
Other - N/A 5.5%
961 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How often do you update your profile?
By Bora Tasdemir - featured on Oct 21
Every now and then 46.2%
I don't really update it 28.0%
Once a year 16.6%
Other - N/A 5.4%
Once a month 2.7%
Once a week 1.0%
1058 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Is your income higher than the average in your age group in your country of residence?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 20
Yes 33.5%
No 30.0%
I don't know 21.9%
About the same 14.7%
1111 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (11)] [View this poll]

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