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Poll: What percentage of your work is dedicated to activities other than translation?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "What percentage of your work is dedicated to activities other than translation?".

This poll was originally submitted by Sylvie Mathis. View the poll results »



 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 22:37
English to French
+ ...
< 25% Jun 29, 2011

... like 0 (zero - nought – nil - zilch) %
Unless you consider that research, documenting, reading, understanding, proofreading, etc. are not part of translation.

[Modifié le 2011-06-29 08:30 GMT]


 

John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:37
Spanish to English
+ ...
5% Jun 29, 2011

I give one English class a week to someone who asked me personally to do so.

I walk to the class, so I see it as a great chance to get some exercise and variety in my day.


 

Elena Simonelli  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 22:37
English to Italian
+ ...
interpreting Jun 29, 2011

25-50% as interpreter

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:37
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
about 10% Jun 29, 2011

I give English and German classes twice a week... a welcome "get-away" from the computer - especially during the summer months.

 

Simon Cole  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:37
Member (2008)
French to English
R.O.I. Jun 29, 2011

I only translate.
When living in France I did give some English lessons.
About 60 euros per hour translating
No more than 30 euros per hour for English lessons
Enough said!


 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:37
Member
German to English
+ ...
None Jun 29, 2011

All my income comes from translation. However, some of my time is spent on admin and marketing work, so I guess that counts as 'other than translation'. But even then it probably accounts for less than 5 %.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:37
Spanish to English
+ ...
Other Jun 29, 2011

If the poll refers to admin, i. e. billing, tax returns, as well as maintaining hardware/software updated and in working order etc... I don't know, but whatever the percentage, it is too much for my liking.

Basically, I don't really enjoy doing things that I am not passably good at, and admin is one of these.

I used to do EFL teaching, EFL coaching for public speaking and the odd voiceover or interpreting gig but since I went rural I need a prohibitively large enticeme
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If the poll refers to admin, i. e. billing, tax returns, as well as maintaining hardware/software updated and in working order etc... I don't know, but whatever the percentage, it is too much for my liking.

Basically, I don't really enjoy doing things that I am not passably good at, and admin is one of these.

I used to do EFL teaching, EFL coaching for public speaking and the odd voiceover or interpreting gig but since I went rural I need a prohibitively large enticement to get me into civvies and on the road again.
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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 22:37
Italian to English
+ ...
<25% Jun 29, 2011

Reviewing and proofreading English texts that either have been translated or have been written by non-native speakers.

 

Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 22:37
Italian to English
In memoriam
< 25% Jun 29, 2011

Project management, translation editing and précising for publishers.

 

Szymon Metkowski  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 22:37
Member
German to Polish
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<25% Jun 29, 2011

I try to outsource (ex. accounting and taxation) and use advanced software solutions to minimize management time.

Nevertheless there is still some time I need to spend for answering e-mails or phone calls and marketing, bidding etc. But I estimate it is no more than an hour a day, so more or less 10-15% of my working time.


 

Steffen Walter  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:37
Member (2002)
English to German
+ ...
< 25% Jun 29, 2011

In my case, it's a fair share of interpreting (about 15%), a negligible amount of proofing/editing and some admin.

 

Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:37
Italian to English
+ ...
small percentage Jun 29, 2011

I do one 5-day interpreting job a year, for clients that are more like friends.

When I get other requests for interpreting I usually pass them to send my son, but I did one small job a couple of months ago because he had another one lined up the same day.


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:37
Member (2006)
German to English
20% Jun 29, 2011

of my time is spent doing technical draughting which is good to have a bit of a change

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:37
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Does ProZ count? Jun 29, 2011

I'd say 5% for invoicing, e-mail correspondence, and ProZ. Learning to use what I call "pesky portals" for delivering and invoicing takes a little time in the beginning.

I don't to proofreading any more.

I like to do desktop publishing, but I haven't had any work in that area for a while.


 
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