Poll: Over the past 3 years, the volume of work I receive has
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Filipa Plant dos Santos  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 05:12
Member (2011)
Portuguese to English
Don't know but have hopes! Jan 26, 2013

As I'm just going in to my second year as a freelancer, I'm hoping my work will increase. Last year Jan and Feb were completely dead, and this year so far has been good. Fingers crossed, but really, there's no way of knowing.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Roughly the same/increased Jan 26, 2013

My incoming work is either steady or slightly increased. The main thing is that it's enough.
However, I am more relaxed about it in general these days since I started saying "no" to work that would end up being stressful, for example unrealistically rush deadlines, or scanned PDFs that end up taking twice as long to handle as texts in readily workable formats. I no longer worry if my email stays dormant and empty for a few days, for I know that, like buses, "another one'll be along soon".


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Milena Taylor  Identity Verified
Serbia
English to Serbian
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Increased Jan 26, 2013

The volume of work has been steadily increasing over the years. 2012 was the best year so far!

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Tatty  Identity Verified
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Upped rates Jan 26, 2013

In the past I was receiving far too many offers, more than I could handle. So I have upped my rates to the point where I just receive the work I can handle. Of course, I still have to turn things down, but they know that they were just unlucky this time round, and that next time I probably will be able to take it.

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Ahmad Ridwan Munib  Identity Verified
Indonesia
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Member (2012)
English to Indonesian
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remained roughly the same Jan 26, 2013

The business has been the same year by year. I hope it would be better in the future. I know that the business world today is improving. Many firms can develop after crisis in some countries. In Indonesia has good of political stability, better education, and faster mobility. Some people say, "I have great expectation by this circumstances".

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Turkish to English
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decreased Jan 26, 2013

My work volumes over the past seven years in which I have been freelancing full time have risen and then fallen pretty much in line with the waxing and waning of the global economy. I seem to be in a small minority in this respect. I am hoping for better things in 2013.

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
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Other Jan 26, 2013

The volume of work decreased in 2010 and 2011, but has been steadily increasing since June 2012... I wonder if the crisis is over!!!

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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
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Partial member (2008)
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It depends not only on the market Jan 26, 2013

but also on your rates. If you are getting plenty of offers and are having to turn lots of work down, it's probably a sign not that the market is healthy but that your rates are too low.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 06:12
Member (2006)
German to English
Continually increased Jan 26, 2013

which is also good as I am cutting down on my hours now

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Diana Coada  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Increased Jan 26, 2013

because I started 3 years ago

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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Member (2009)
French to English
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increased Jan 26, 2013

but has been slow the past few months. In general, it's been an upward trend.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 13:12
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Difficult to say... Jan 26, 2013

...since I was out of action for a year with an injury to my right hand.

However, I have remarketed myself and am getting more work at higher rates with premium customers who reward their translators better for good work.


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Valeria Ines Lagos Terrizzano
Spain
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agree Jan 27, 2013

Oliver Lawrence wrote:

but also on your rates. If you are getting plenty of offers and are having to turn lots of work down, it's probably a sign not that the market is healthy but that your rates are too low.


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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
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Way to go, Julian :) Jan 27, 2013

Julian Holmes wrote:

However, I have remarketed myself and am getting more work at higher rates with premium customers who reward their translators better for good work.


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