Poll: Are you satisfied with how you manage your projects?
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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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English to Italian
yes, but Jul 27, 2010

Managing a project means a lot of things, starting from when you receive it, registering it (someone does it), translating, filing it and so on.
Well I manage my projects suitably to my needs, but I knwo that I could do much better, and I realize that when I have a larger amount of translations to be done, then I have to write down notes, and manually check if it fits...
So I can improve, even though it has worked till now.

[Edited at 2010-07-27 08:26 GMT]


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Ditto Jul 27, 2010

I'm satisfied with how I organize my translation work, but I've had challenges with invoicing and record-keeping over the years. I have yet to find software, other than MS Excel, that captures all the types of information that I track and incorporate in my invoices. And I find that I make mistakes--mistakes that would never happen in one of my translations!

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Anna Katikhina  Identity Verified
United States
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Generally yes, but... Jul 27, 2010

I'm at the point where I realize that I really need a personal assistant. Mostly because I'm too often ovrloaded with administrative/bookeeping work/answering calls from clients/etc... Having really huge daily workloads I feel like one day I'll just have to give up sleeping if i want to do everything i need to.

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MikeTrans
Germany
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A good CAT tool and... a long checklist Jul 27, 2010

... these are my tools for successful PM. PM starts from the very project acceptance, passing to the translation, Quality Managment, delivery, invoicing, updating your ressources.
My checklist is more than 1 page long, with a lot of subtilities learned over the years from experience.

Mike


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Yes Jul 28, 2010

There does not seem to be much to managing my projects. I simply receive them, note them in a log, do them, do the invoice and send it all out. That's it. If others have a problem in managing projects, then I think something must be wrong.

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Chun Un  Identity Verified
Macau
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Proz.com invoicing tool Jul 28, 2010

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

I'm satisfied with how I organize my translation work, but I've had challenges with invoicing and record-keeping over the years. I have yet to find software, other than MS Excel, that captures all the types of information that I track and incorporate in my invoices. And I find that I make mistakes--mistakes that would never happen in one of my translations!


I've been using the Proz.com invoicing tool since its launch. I highly recommend it if you haven't tried it already. It has made my life easier for sure.

[Edited at 2010-07-28 06:49 GMT]


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Jussi Rosti  Identity Verified
Finland
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Project management software Jul 28, 2010

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:
I have yet to find software, other than MS Excel, that captures all the types of information that I track and incorporate in my invoices.


Dear Muriel,
TO3000 (http://to3000.com/) is, in my opinion, close to perfect solution for a freelancer.
There is a 30-day free trial, so you can evaluate if it fits your needs.


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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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Same here Jul 28, 2010

Henry Hinds wrote:

There does not seem to be much to managing my projects. I simply receive them, note them in a log, do them, do the invoice and send it all out. That's it. If others have a problem in managing projects, then I think something must be wrong.


It is of course easier to manage a smaller number of larger projects than an infinity of little odd bits and pieces but monthly invoices save me a lot of time and effort.


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