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Poll: The single most important factor in increasing my translation income was:
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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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English to French
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Other Dec 11, 2009

Name dropping and building a reputation.
That was some time ago. Now, it is all a matter of keeping up that name and reputation, and occasionally raising rates!

[Modifié le 2009-12-11 09:11 GMT]

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xxxJon O  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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moving house Dec 11, 2009

My previous flat was worn, dank and fairly miserable. Since moving to a much nicer, newer and generally more cheerful (admittedly more expensive) place I've found my daily productivity has increased quite significantly. A lesson in not underestimating the importance of a pleasant working environment.

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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
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Efficiency Dec 11, 2009

I'd say the major aspect at the moment is increasing productivity. And atht is not only by means of CAT or the like, but mainly thanks to experience.

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xxxLatin_Hellas
United States
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Italian to English
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Other - Full Capacity Utilization Dec 11, 2009

You forgot that one. Volume of work at full capacity; rates, while important, are secondary. It could come from the same number of customers with more work or work from more customers, or both.

Efficiency is important too, but in such skills as typing as fast as one can think (yes, experience), rather than CAT tools.


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Penelope Ausejo  Identity Verified
Spain
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Raising my rates Dec 11, 2009

I raised my rates to new clients and got new several ones at the new rate, so my income has increased this year.

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
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Same here. Dec 11, 2009

Penelope Ausejo wrote:

I raised my rates to new clients and got new several ones at the new rate, so my income has increased this year.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2008)
English to Italian
combination: Dec 11, 2009

my combination:
raised my rates
found new clients with higher rates
work more efficiently (experience, speed, organization, cooperation with colleagues)


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Inaki Alvarez
Spain
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English to Spanish
Raised them also Dec 11, 2009

Penelope Ausejo wrote:

I raised my rates to new clients and got new several ones at the new rate, so my income has increased this year.


I also raised my rates and it has paid off


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Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
Germany
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New clients Dec 11, 2009

I guess the single most important factor in increasing my income recently (and in general) has been finding new clients.

Charging new clients higher rates has helped to increase the amount I earn per hour.

Working more hours (due to having more clients and more projects) has been the most significant factor in increasing my monthly income.


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Ken Fagan  Identity Verified
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French to English
UDC Dec 11, 2009

Upscale
Direct
Clients


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Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2009)
French to English
New clients Dec 11, 2009

The single biggest factor which has increased my income has been the addition of new clients. Yes, I am charging them slightly higher rates, but the volume has made more difference than anything else. I spend as much time as I can stand sending out my résumé to new agencies. I am also polite and responsive to new queries. I recently received an inquiry out of nowhere which resulted in my single biggest volume of work this year. I do not know which database they found me in, but hooray nonetheless. And yes, I did charge them my new and improved rate.

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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
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Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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New clients Dec 11, 2009

Like Jenn, I got new clients this year, and they continue to provide lots of volume. I was lucky--got them via word-of-mouth. Unlike Jenn, I didn't raise my rates, but steady volume makes up for it, and each job goes faster than the last because I have gotten to know the clients (one of them especially) so well.

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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Other Dec 11, 2009

Time. That's it...my income has gradually increased over time.

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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Creating a team of translators Dec 12, 2009

Working in partnership with other translators in order to take on larger/more jobs.

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