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Poll: If you had a certain amount of money to invest in your business, how would you do it?
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Mami Yamaguchi  Identity Verified
Japan
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English to Japanese
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Reference books! Feb 18, 2011

Specialized books of my expertise are relatively expensive. So I usually check out books at my local university library. I recently purchased many work-related books which are helpful for me at work ,although I really want a new jacket

[Edited at 2011-02-18 12:09 GMT]


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Feb 18, 2011

I'd get myself the new motorbike I've been wanting for a year now, since my "business" is running as smoothly as I want it to.
In fact, my only business improvements would be in terms of clients finally waking up to the fact that translation should be included in their budgets and time planning, to avoid the "urgency" prevalent in 9 out of ten cases, at least in the Spanish market; or getting them to send texts with no mysterious time-wasting undefined acronyms or similarly impenetrable jargon. However, I suppose these are things that no amount of "investment" is likely to achieve.


[Edited at 2011-02-18 10:51 GMT]


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 08:37
Spanish to English
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Hardware Feb 18, 2011

I'd get the best quality screen possible.

Actually, I'm sure I'll get a better screen at some point, but for now the "certain amount of money" I have available is going into remodelling the kitchen and balcony of my flat and, after that, the bathroom. First things first!


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 09:37
Turkish to English
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specialized books Feb 18, 2011

I have found the best work-related investment I have made in recent years has been the purchase of university law textbooks in my source language. There is also a need for time to study them, of course!

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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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I would rather not Feb 18, 2011

Why "I would rather not" is missing from the list?

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Depends how much money ... Feb 18, 2011

Honestly, I don't really need to invest in anything. All my hardware and software is up-to-date, I don't really use paper-based reference. But give me enough money and I could build a dedicated office in the garden!

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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English to Italian
if it is to be invested in my business Feb 18, 2011

software+ training in order to save time and have more free time.

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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
Local time: 09:37
Member (2007)
German to Turkish
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Investing to organic farming... Feb 18, 2011

Then,
I have a small farm in Taurus mountains. I will be invest it for organic farming. I think organic farming products will be demanded much more in the near future.


Saludos desde Anatolia
Anadolu'dan selamlar

[Edited at 2011-02-18 19:12 GMT]


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:37
Member (2006)
German to English
Office Feb 18, 2011

equipment in general. New desk, chair, hardware, etc.....

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Emmanuelle Hingant  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:37
English to French
Employee Feb 18, 2011

I think I would try to mentor a translation student who just finished his/her studies in order for him/her to work for me. I would increase my workload and take more projects that come my way instead of rejecting them.

Emma


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 08:37
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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Training Feb 18, 2011

I thought of books, but then I am so lucky that my target language is English, and books are - well, at least comparatively - cheap.

I buy plenty already - as a former librarian, I cannot keep away from them!
I often find them going for a song in secondhand bookshops, also in Danish, my source language. They are usually excellent for terminology purposes, even if they are not quite up to date enough for practising lawyers, medics and other professionals.

I would spend the money on training, because that often involves travel as well as course fees, and may mean losing a couple of earning days as well.

Quite apart from what actually goes on in the lecture room or wherever, training provides contact with colleagues and new impulses. Chances to exchange ideas and perhaps even jobs. It is amazing how one person's idea of a job from h*ll is someone else's pet specialisation in this business!

Apart from that, as an ex-pat with memories going back several decades, I have to make sure my education and training are not out of date! Or at least check on which parts are back in fashion as the latest new discoveries !!!



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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
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Right now Feb 18, 2011

I would fancy a swopper (healthy and expensive office chair).

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
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Other = All of the above Feb 18, 2011

Is I had that little extra cash, I'd get me...

a nice office chair

newer/better software,

some still missing hardware item e. g. a combined mic/speaker set for my desk top

a couple of field-related books English to Spanish,

some more training

and advertising.

If there's still a little money left, a nice vacation to the USA would come in quite handy at this moment to promote my other career.


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Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:37
Member (2009)
French to English
Other - Conferences and Travel Feb 18, 2011

I would set aside money to go to more translation conferences - particularly those in French speaking countries. This would combine a bit of training, a bit of software (as I am sure I would find demos and discounts), a bit of networking, and a bit of language practice (if I went to France, etc.).

As it is, I am setting aside extra money this year for the regional and national ATA conferences. Translate in the Catskills, and I am considering attending a straight writing conference for my own creative interests.


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