Poll: Do you accept a project when you are in the middle of another one?
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff
ProZ.com Staff
Local time: 00:32
SITE STAFF
Mar 30, 2014

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you accept a project when you are in the middle of another one?".

This poll was originally submitted by Eva María Ruiz Ruiz. View the poll results »



Direct link Reply with quote
 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:32
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Routinely Mar 30, 2014

That's why I rarely have a dry spell. Last year my inbox was full for 9 straight months without a break. At times I was juggling three and four jobs at once. Never missed a deadline.

Fortunately, my main clients tend to give me generous deadlines, so I'm able to squeeze in other work. Sometimes when I tell a client that I already have work, they are willing to extend their deadline, though of course that's not always possible.

[Edited at 2014-03-30 08:29 GMT]


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 09:32
Member (2003)
Danish to English
+ ...
Of course Mar 30, 2014

I call them jobs - 'project' sounds a bit grandiose for much of the work I do.

I negotiate a suitable deadline and line them up in the queue. I may deliver two or three in a day...

But many of my jobs are under 1000 words - if I did not take them as they come, I would never have enough!

This week is the exception - working 5000 words into a project of around 70 000... In which case the question makes more sense!


Direct link Reply with quote
 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:32
Spanish to English
+ ...
Yes Mar 30, 2014

That's one of the reasons I dislike describing my work in terms of "projects" - because I feel it suggests an exclusive dedication which doesn't fit my modus operandi. I have about half a dozen regular direct (non-agency) clients and I have to accept the work they send me, otherwise they might have to go elsewhere. However, I usually manage to juggle them all so that everything gets delivered on time and everybody is happy.
My worst time pressure-wise is for about a week every 2 months, when I translate and revise texts for a professional journal, which occasionally creates minor conflicts because the volumes can vary, for example from 10K words in January to only 4K in March.
If offers of work come in from other potential clients, I have to make sure that I can fit them in with my regulars, otherwise it is highly unlikely that I'll be able to accept them. This precludes rush jobs, so I am rarely available to anyone outside my regular circle. I currently pass on most offers of work to a few trusted colleagues.

PS: I must admit I only usually talk about projects if I want to sound "grandiose" for those easily impressed by such things...

[Edited at 2014-03-30 10:34 GMT]

[Edited at 2014-03-30 10:35 GMT]


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Noni Gilbert
Spain
Local time: 09:32
Member (2007)
Spanish to English
+ ...
It would be foolish not to Mar 30, 2014

Otherwise when I handed in the first project I wouldn't have work to start on after that.

It's called planning.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 09:32
Member (2003)
Italian to Spanish
+ ...
What a question! Mar 30, 2014

So obvious...

Noni Gilbert wrote:

Otherwise when I handed in the first project I wouldn't have work to start on after that.

It's called planning.


Exactly!


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:32
Member (2006)
German to English
Yes Mar 30, 2014

Noni Gilbert wrote:

Otherwise when I handed in the first project I wouldn't have work to start on after that.

It's called planning.


That was a good one;-)


Direct link Reply with quote
 
xxxnrichy
France
Local time: 09:32
French to Dutch
+ ...
Same here Mar 30, 2014

Christine Andersen wrote:

I call them jobs - 'project' sounds a bit grandiose for much of the work I do.

I negotiate a suitable deadline and line them up in the queue. I may deliver two or three in a day...

But many of my jobs are under 1000 words - if I did not take them as they come, I would never have enough!



I get 3-10 jobs every day. It would be foolish to call them projects.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Noni Gilbert
Spain
Local time: 09:32
Member (2007)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Perhaps I have misinterpreted your question... Mar 30, 2014

Did you mean, would I stop work on one project to start on another which has just come in?

It that were the case, then again, yes. I always try to give myself a good margin timewise with each project for all those unexpected eventualities - mini family crises, other colleagues illnesses, feeling underpar yourself, washing machine flooding the basement, city grinding to a halt because of a huge funeral (this is Avila, think last week), etc etc... and, yes, an urgent small project from a very valued client.

That way I could slip in a quickie!


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 10:32
Turkish to English
+ ...
It depends Mar 30, 2014

If we are talking about accepting another job and fitting it in first, then I will only do this if:

1. The new job will take less than an hour to complete, and

2. Doing so will not cause me to miss the deadline of the job that I am already working on.


Direct link Reply with quote
 
gad
United States
Local time: 03:32
Member
French to English
Of course Mar 30, 2014

If and only if I can handle both jobs and meet both deadlines.

I agree with the others about the term "project", though...


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:32
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
It depends Mar 30, 2014

My first impulse was to vote "Yes", but it really depends on the client and on the project as well as on the delivery date for the second project. It's always good to know that another project is waiting to be done once the current one has been delivered.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Andy Watkinson
Spain
Local time: 09:32
Member
Catalan to English
+ ...
2007 Mar 30, 2014

gad wrote:

If and only if I can handle both jobs and meet both deadlines.

I agree with the others about the term "project", though...


Wrote about "projectitis" many moons ago.

http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/66084-poll:_how_many_projects_do_you_get_in_an_average_year.html


Direct link Reply with quote
 
Maxi Schwarz
Local time: 02:32
German to English
+ ...
It's part of managing your work load as a freelancer Mar 30, 2014

You have to have a clear picture of what you are doing for whom for which deadline, how long each will take, and whether you can handle a new request that comes in. It's a good idea to create a generous deadline to make room for the unexpected, but also in case a small request from a regular client comes in so you can squeeze it in without compromise.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 03:32
Member (2002)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Back in the olden days... Mar 30, 2014

...when we sometimes had up to a month to translate a few pages, we would often be "working" on 15-20 jobs at the same time.



[Edited at 2014-03-30 21:24 GMT]


Direct link Reply with quote
 


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

Moderator(s) of this forum
Jared Tabor[Call to this topic]

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Poll: Do you accept a project when you are in the middle of another one?

Advanced search






TM-Town
Manage your TMs and Terms ... and boost your translation business

Are you ready for something fresh in the industry? TM-Town is a unique new site for you -- the freelance translator -- to store, manage and share translation memories (TMs) and glossaries...and potentially meet new clients on the basis of your prior work.

More info »
Wordfast Pro
Translation Memory Software for Any Platform

Exclusive discount for ProZ.com users! Save over 13% when purchasing Wordfast Pro through ProZ.com. Wordfast is the world's #1 provider of platform-independent Translation Memory software. Consistently ranked the most user-friendly and highest value

More info »



Forums
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search