Poll: Over the past 3 years, the volume of work I receive has
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other - up, down, then up again Sep 14, 2010

I had a rough patch in 2008 and 2009, but now I am back to levels better than 2007.

Some colleagues have said that the recession didn't hit translators; I think it depends on our areas of specialization - which we just finished discussing.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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remain the same Sep 14, 2010

more or less it has been steady, some ups and downs (see world financial crisis)
I do not understand the "I do not know" option, since we all know how much we work, don't we?


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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Spanish to English
I receive less offers Sep 14, 2010

But fortunately I still get more than I can cope with.

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Tatty  Identity Verified
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Spanish to English
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Wanted to receive less Sep 14, 2010

I upped my prices so that I would receive less. And guess what, it worked a treat! Gone are the days when I felt pursued. It was a crippling source of stress for me.

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Brannigan
Italy
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Increased Sep 14, 2010

The volume has increased steadily after I made a concerted effort to chase prospective clients. There are certain periods in the year which are busier than others though. May is always a killer as is August whereas September is slower and I usually have a dip around January/February.

I agree with Muriel regarding the recession. People are still trying to cut costs and haggle fees. I think that is just one of the down sides to being freelance. I don't necessarily receive fewer offers, I just don't always get the job because there is always someone willing to do it for a lower price. It depends on the client....


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Sep 14, 2010

More or less the same as Muriel-V. A big drop in income (25-30%) in the crisis year 2008, then some recovery in in 2009, while this year has been quite good so far, although I do have some new contacts and am getting less work from some of my older clients.
This may be due to my changing my phone number and only notifying my clients by email. Some of my clients have firewalls that reject webmail or classify it as spam, and I often turn off the phone to avoid being pestered while working, so some may have taken their projects elsewhere. I don't mind, since I'm not obsessed with growth or increasing my volumes...


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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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Member (2009)
French to English
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increase Sep 14, 2010

I have more clients and get more projects now than I did then, for sure. A few have disappeared from my radar, but I have new and better ones. There was a slow period there during the 2008 financial meltdown. I have raised my rates and now get better projects and don't do every single job that is offered to me. SO my clients have increased, I get better projects and make more money.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2006)
German to English
increased tremendously Sep 14, 2010

surprisingly, 2009 was the best year I have ever had and it will probably be difficult to equal that this year, but only because I have taken more time off to spend more time with my family.

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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French to English
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same here Sep 14, 2010

the last year has been very good, things have steadily improved. I also did make a concerted effort to get new clients.
The summer was really slow. I hardly had any work. After two big jobs early in July, everything went dead! just a few small jobs here and there. I think everyone went on vacation! I didn't mind, since I'd saved my money and was planning to take some time off anyways! Sure enough, things picked up late in August and it's been vai vai vai since then.


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