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Poll: Which month(s) have been your slowest so far this year in terms of workload?
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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 21:12
Turkish to English
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September - October Nov 6, 2013

In terms of work volumes, this has been a very unbalanced year. Following several years of falling work volumes, 2013 came in with a bang and I was overwhelmed with work for most of the time up until early August, when I decided to take a few weeks out. Since resuming work at the end of August, things have been dead. For me, September and October were virtually lost months.

 

Heather McCrae  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:12
German to English
none of them Nov 6, 2013

apart from my holidays, I have never had more than 2 days without any work, including weekends!
so, I am happy, but tired, and looking forward to my Christmas break!!


 

Patricia Prevost  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 20:12
English to Spanish
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September and October, just like Tim Nov 6, 2013

Tim Drayton wrote:

In terms of work volumes, this has been a very unbalanced year. Following several years of falling work volumes, 2013 came in with a bang and I was overwhelmed with work for most of the time up until early August, when I decided to take a few weeks out. Since resuming work at the end of August, things have been dead. For me, September and October were virtually lost months.


The only thing that is different from Tim's case is that maybe I was not that overwhelmed with work the previous months but work volumes were certainly increasing this year.


 

Carmen Grabs
Germany
Local time: 20:12
Member (2012)
English to German
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Jan/Feb/Jul/Aug Nov 6, 2013

I could have taken off 4 months this year easily, it was so quiet in the above 4 months. Was very busy the rest of the time, though.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 20:12
Spanish to English
+ ...
Other Nov 6, 2013

None of the months this year have been slow enough to enable me to escape for more than a few days at a time. Even in the quietest periods I've usually got something to keep me ticking over.

 

Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:12
English to German
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This year has really been busy apart from Nov 6, 2013

August, the holiday month.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 19:12
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Other Nov 6, 2013

This year has been quite busy, except for the past 2 weeks (October)...

 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
+ ...
July and August Nov 6, 2013

are always quiet in Scandinavia

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:12
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
September-October Nov 6, 2013

Is there a pattern emerging?

As of August, I had had the most work of any year in my 20-plus years of freelancing.

In August I enrolled in an intensive course (30 hours of class and study a week, needed to complete my certificate in landscape design), so I told my clients I could only accept jobs < 5,000 words. I've accepted a few and turned down more than I accepted, but even if I had accepted all of them, the volume was lower than I was used to.

Last week I received a generic letter from my best client addressed to all freelance translators apologizing for a slowdown, due to organizational changes, and noting that the volume is expected to pick up in a few months. It was a reminder not to put too many eggs in one basket because even the most stable institutions go through changes.


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 03:12
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
September-October Nov 6, 2013

Nothing seasonal here. This was because I said farewell to a monster customer -- good riddance.

And, I started a big project two weeks ago that'll keep me busy -- and in clover -- until the end of January and beyond. Yessss!


 

Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 20:12
Member (2003)
Italian to Spanish
+ ...
Exactly my case, too! Nov 6, 2013

Tim Drayton wrote:

In terms of work volumes, this has been a very unbalanced year. Following several years of falling work volumes, 2013 came in with a bang and I was overwhelmed with work for most of the time up until early August, when I decided to take a few weeks out. Since resuming work at the end of August, things have been dead. For me, September and October were virtually lost months.


Since the beginning of this month, though, I'm getting more work than I can handle!


 

Claire Cox
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:12
French to English
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September - October Nov 6, 2013

And quite a few of my clients, both agencies and direct clients said they'd also been extremely quiet then too.

Like others, I never had more than a couple of days without anything, but it was definitely much quieter than usual.

Fortunately it all seems to have picked up again now though!


 

John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 20:12
Spanish to English
+ ...
Other Nov 6, 2013

August-September were quite slow.

 

Lucy Hill  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:12
Member (2007)
Chinese to English
+ ...
Other = November Nov 6, 2013

The reason I'm having time to write on this forum post is because, alas, it is this sweet November (category Other), especially since yesterday afternoon, and it feels very uneasy.

Congratulations to all you smug posters and commiserations to the rest of us!


 
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