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Poll: Do you consider 2014 a tough or an easy business year so far?
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Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
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just started... Mar 14, 2014

I have had one tough month (hardly any work coming in) and one easy month (just the right amount of work) so I voted 'neither' but the year has only just started...

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Both... Mar 14, 2014

It's been easy in that the work has been flooding in, and tough because all that work has then needed doing!

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Tough Mar 14, 2014

I was really optimistic at the beginning of this year, given that most economists were forecasting a global upturn. However, I see that so far this year I have had about half of the turnover I had in the corresponding period last year, so my optimism is waning. I see that I have only had seven hours' work so far this month - despite being available full time - and the month is nearly half over! At least it can hardly get much worse.

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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neither Mar 14, 2014

the year really only started, but february was very slow. January average, march so far has been quite busy. Hopefully, the rest of the year will be like March has been so far.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Other Mar 14, 2014

Really busy, but only because I take on the work though. Fortunately there is a steady workflow in my field

I have to share my daily dosis of Dilbert with you today, especially the comment from one the readers

www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-03-14

"A colleague of mine in tech support always tells me that he types his explanations in mails extra slowly so that the sales people are able to understand"

[Edited at 2014-03-14 12:46 GMT]

[Edited at 2014-03-14 21:18 GMT]


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Last year I unexpectedly had to pay about 4K in back taxes and fines because I didn't keep track of enough invoice receipts to justify money I'd claimed back on VAT over the preceding 3 years, so I'm starting off this year trying to make up for this sizable hole in my resources.
However, apart from this, workwise "business" is about the same as most other years and if all the clients who owed me money were to stump up today, I'd be a happy chappy once again.


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Teresa Borges
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So far so good! Mar 14, 2014

January and February were excellent months and March is doing quite well... But we all know that the translation world is completely unpredictable, full of ups and downs!

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Patricia Prevost  Identity Verified
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A bit tough Mar 14, 2014

After a promising and busy January, February was quite slow and March is not doing that well so far, although I might get confirmation for a couple of large translations next week.

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JanaB  Identity Verified
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Not too bad so far Mar 14, 2014

Michael Harris wrote:

I have to share my daily dosis of Dilbert with you today, especially the comment from one the readers

www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-03-14

"A colleague of mine in tech support always tells me that he types his explanations in mails extra slowly so that the sales people are able to understand"

[Edited at 2014-03-14 10:25 GMT]


LOL

[Bearbeitet am 2014-03-14 12:18 GMT]


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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Ever hopeful Mar 14, 2014

Neither. Both.
February was a very slow month, which will make living in April more than frugal.

It is definitely a year to be generally more communicative - with a view to getting a couple more regular clients, and getting the work I most like to do. I can see a positive change in that regard already.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Both or neither Mar 14, 2014

January was a little slow in regards to translations, but there was the presentation of my webinar, so all was good financially.

February was extremely busy on the translation front, while March has been somewhat slow in regards to translation assignments. However, on the writing fron things have picked up tremendously. If this year continuous like this, I'd be one happy translator/writer.


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Mónica Algazi  Identity Verified
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Good start Mar 14, 2014

Steady work so far.

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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
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The last 4 months Mar 14, 2014

have been very good for me.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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A bit tough Part Deux Mar 14, 2014

Patricia Prevost wrote:

After a promising and busy January, February was quite slow and March is not doing that well so far, although I might get confirmation for a couple of large translations next week.


Same here. Actually, January started very promising for me with a steady income thanks to a lucrative contract...but the contract ended in mid February. So, back to brass tacks and smaller projects for a while.

Fortunately, an IRB (a committee here in USA that handles clinical trials) has kept me more or less busy and the relationship is flourishing. Then I might have a 1-week onsite software testing assignment in late April.

I love doing contracts, but I'm mulling over a phone conversation for a 9-month contract that I had yesterday because the end client expects the candidate to be already in Houston, Texas (I'm in Ohio). I keep wondering why did the headhunter contact me in the first place. Oh, well.


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