Pages in topic:   [1 2] >
Poll: Freelancers have less professional stress than company employees.
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff
ProZ.com Staff
Local time: 21:27
SITE STAFF
Jan 28, 2010

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Freelancers have less professional stress than company employees.".

View the poll results »



Direct link Reply with quote
 

Karen Stokes  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:27
Member (2003)
French to English
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

I'm not really sure you can say whether groups as disparate as "freelancers" and "company employees" have more or less stress, but I think freelancers have more scope for controlling it.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Henry Dotterer
Local time: 00:27
SITE FOUNDER
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

Depends

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Evija Rimšāne  Identity Verified
Latvia
Local time: 07:27
Member
English to Latvian
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

Less professional stress? No. Because freelancers are responsible for everything, from A to Z.
Less other work related stress? Yes, definitely. We are enjoying our freedom as our own bosses


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 02:27
Portuguese to English
+ ...
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

I think it depends on the person and the work situation, mostly on the person.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:27
Member (2005)
German to English
+ ...
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

Well, my boss isn't an idiot who will steal my latest idea, and I don't have to attend interminable, non-productive meetings.
I do have to deal with all of my own taxes, find my own health insurance, and deal with the death of the printer on my own.

The stress is different, not better or worse, less or greater. Just different.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Andris Dinaburgskis  Identity Verified
Latvia
Local time: 07:27
English to Latvian
+ ...
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

In my opinion generally people may tend to choose freelance job because they have not acceptable stress level in company, and vice versa.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 01:27
Member (2007)
English to Spanish
+ ...

MODERATOR
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

I tend to get really stressed out by lots of different work-related issues. That's why I love frequent holidays.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Scott Salvo
United States
Local time: 00:27
English to Portuguese
+ ...
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

As a freelancer the stress is enormus. the constant search for work is almost unbearable. If yo can't find a steady source the stress becomes ridiculous. where as being an employee the work is generally steady without the constant digging and hunting for work week in week out. obviously there is stress with both but the majority is with be a freelancer.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Αlban SHPΑTΑ  Identity Verified
Albania
Member (2008)
English to Albanian
+ ...
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

Compared to what I was going through at my in-house job, being a freelancer is like a walk in the park. I am my own boss, I can reject or accept a job according to my availability and I can take time off almost whenever I want. Most of all, I can watch my kid grow and enjoy it big time, unlike my former colleagues who still work their tails off until late and get to see their kids only during the weekend. Freelancing is the new cool.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Peru
Local time: 23:27
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

Yes, they do. I have worked in a company, and know the difference. At work, I could be shouted at by an angry boss (he really had a bad character), I had to deal with third parties who sometimes did not work efficiently, but it was me who got the blame. Sometimes, the work I had to do was either boring or not nice at all. Not to mention the horrible traffic there is in Lima. That's what I call stress!! As a freelancer, I choose everything, from being my own boss, secretary and worker, to the topics I want to translate and the price I want to charge. It's so relaxing and I can always take a rest and do things at "weird" times while my other company-employee friends can't.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 05:27
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

I do not have to stress about traffic, parking, being on time, wasteful meetings and other activities...

Direct link Reply with quote
 

R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 01:27
Member (2006)
Portuguese to English
+ ...
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 28, 2010

Put it this way... you have to manage YOURSELF - including your time, habits, discipline, etc... If you're good at that then you're going to be ok on stress issues.


Whatever way you look at it, you've still got to go through the same stress factors everyday, i.e. getting into the 'office environment' and getting on with work issues. The only difference is that you have to crack your OWN whip, and sometimes that's hardest of all.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:27
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 29, 2010

My career has been almost exactly half and half. The first half gave me financial security, but the stress of being in a bureaucracy of people desperate to hold onto their jobs took a severe toll. The second half has been free and joyful, but if it weren't for the savings and pension from the first half, I'd be stressed about money.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 06:27
Member (2008)
English to Italian
www.proz.com/polls/3548 comments Jan 29, 2010

Well, I think everyone is influenced by the previous experience. I worked in-house (not only as a translator) and I have been a freelance translator for about 7 years.
In-house staff usually have to deal with their boss and money (the salary is never really good); on my own I have to be careful, cause I never know how next month is going to be. as for everybody elese here.

So the thing is: what kind of stress can you withstand? and according to this we have different opinions about the in-house staff stress or ours.

In my case, I am too used to be comfortably at home to even think about a change, but for a good salary I would change my position in 5 minutes. Once you finish after 8 hours you are free, your head is free, and all the administrative stuff are someone else's business...and you know you get your money, anyway.



Take care


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Pages in topic:   [1 2] >


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

Moderator(s) of this forum
Jared Tabor[Call to this topic]

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Poll: Freelancers have less professional stress than company employees.

Advanced search






memoQ translator pro
Kilgray's memoQ is the world's fastest developing integrated localization & translation environment rendering you more productive and efficient.

With our advanced file filters, unlimited language and advanced file support, memoQ translator pro has been designed for translators and reviewers who work on their own, with other translators or in team-based translation projects.

More info »
Across v6.3
Translation Toolkit and Sales Potential under One Roof

Apart from features that enable you to translate more efficiently, the new Across Translator Edition v6.3 comprises your crossMarket membership. The new online network for Across users assists you in exploring new sales potential and generating revenue.

More info »



Forums
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search