Poll: As a freelancer, do you ever feel that you do have a boss?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "As a freelancer, do you ever feel that you do have a boss?".

This poll was originally submitted by John Cutler. View the poll results »



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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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No Mar 6, 2011

I am my own boss. If I want to take time off, I can. I am not answerable to anyone. Except, perhaps, the customers!

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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
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No... :) Mar 6, 2011

Tambien

I am my own boss. Adnan the boss

But, sometime(s) many arrogant outsourcer(s) see herself/himself/hisself such as a ''Boss of the planet''. For such ''bosses'' I give very beautifull replies...

Naturally, I am only 1 boss of my own business.



Anadolu'dan selamlar
Saludos desde Anatolia

[Edited at 2011-03-06 10:04 GMT]


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Ashutosh Mitra  Identity Verified
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yes on very few occasions.. Mar 6, 2011

ProZ.com Staff wrote:

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "As a freelancer, do you ever feel that you do have a boss?".

This poll was originally submitted by John Cutler. View the poll results »


When I felt being subordinate...when you come across illogical people, who don't want to listen...

[Edited at 2011-03-06 08:58 GMT]

[Edited at 2011-03-07 05:58 GMT]


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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
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You can try and be my boss but you will fail Mar 6, 2011

I take it this poll is referring to agency PMs who treat their translators as though they were desperate scavengers who have merely had the good fortune to be blessed with a kind and generous (pfff) offer of paid work, whereupon we should prostrate ourselves before them and kiss their regal feet. I have in the past been guilty of meekly succumbing to these power-trippers but never again.

Cheers
Simon

[Edited at 2011-03-06 10:13 GMT]


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PRAKAASH  Identity Verified
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The end reader is the boss, that's what I feel. Mar 6, 2011

Hi Friends,
I always feel that the end reader, for whom translation is meant, is my boss. Because, I need to make the translation in such a manner, that it accomodates everything of original text and try to make it interesting as much as possible.

Regards,
Prakash Sharma
Freelance Translator and Linguist (English Nepali/Hindi/Sanskrit)


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Ye, sometimes. Mar 6, 2011

The client ... or maybe Hacienda...

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Definitely no! Mar 6, 2011

I had a boss for nearly 2 decades. We did get along very well, almost like professional "equals". But but still .. enough is enough.

The only boss-like one might be the customer. But that's a different story.

Happy Sunday.

[Edited at 2011-03-06 17:57 GMT]


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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
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NO!! Never, ever! Mar 6, 2011

That's why I am a FREElancer

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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No Mar 6, 2011

Or on second thought, make that a "yes". I have the toughest boss I could ever have, I see him in the mirror every morning. But he is the only one who can tell me what to do, no one else. My clients ask me what I can do for them, I tell them and then I go on to exceed their expectations; that is what the boss makes me do.

But the boss also lets me live life my way.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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What's left to say? Mar 6, 2011

Henry Hinds wrote:

Or on second thought, make that a "yes". I have the toughest boss I could ever have, I see him in the mirror every morning. But he is the only one who can tell me what to do, no one else. My clients ask me what I can do for them, I tell them and then I go on to exceed their expectations; that is what the boss makes me do.

But the boss also lets me live life my way.


You've said it all by speaking my mind. Thanks, Henry.
Enjoy life.


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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No, but my feelings exactly. Mar 6, 2011

Henry Hinds wrote:

Or on second thought, make that a "yes". I have the toughest boss I could ever have, I see him in the mirror every morning.

But the boss also lets me live life my way.


I have been heard to say on occasion that I "would never work for a boss like me".

Having said that, I do not believe I was ever as hard on any subordinates in the workplace as I am on myself, endless cups of coffee notwithstanding.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Same here. Mar 6, 2011

Henry Hinds wrote:

Or on second thought, make that a "yes". I have the toughest boss I could ever have, I see him in the mirror every morning. But he is the only one who can tell me what to do, no one else. My clients ask me what I can do for them, I tell them and then I go on to exceed their expectations; that is what the boss makes me do.

But the boss also lets me live life my way.


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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No Mar 7, 2011

where should they come from?

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Each client becomes a temporary boss Mar 8, 2011

I'd like so much to say that I am my own boss, but once I start working on a job, the client definitely becomes my "boss". I become very sensitive to whatever is asked for.

Just last week I was already working for a client and let myself be talked into accepting an extra 6,500 words to do in two days. I didn't know how to say "no". Actually, the 6,500 was less than what they asked me to take; I did talk them down. But it was a tricky text, and I ended up working through the night.

This may be a hangover from working more than 30 years for bosses in offices.


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