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Poll: Do you have weekdays without a job even though you want to work?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 08:33
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Yes Sep 10, 2014

One of the biggest challenges in freelancing is managing the irregularity of work that this career entails - it hardly ever comes in a steady flow. Sometimes you may be extremely busy with various projects, and other times, well... Two or three weekdays without a job are not uncommon, sometimes a quiet period is even welcome, others is worrying!

[Edited at 2014-09-10 08:51 GMT]


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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I can't believe Sep 10, 2014

that 20% really never have a day without work.

These days I very rarely have a prolonged period without work, but there's always the odd day with nothing on.


 

Vera Schoen  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 09:33
Member (2008)
German to Swedish
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No Sep 10, 2014

I'm one of those who answered "No".
Are there weekdays without work? Yes, it happens.
Weekends with work? Often.
So on the job-less weekdays I'm happy not to work.


 

Paul Adie  Identity Verified
Germany
Spanish to English
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Yes Sep 10, 2014

But more often than not I'm working even though I don't want to work icon_wink.gif

[Edited at 2014-09-10 09:25 GMT]


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:33
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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Sometimes ... Sep 10, 2014

It does happen from time to time and it could always happen. These days I also tend to have projects booked in advance too. Take now for instance, I just got back from vacation and I thought I'd have a few days like that while the momentum builds up again, but I've been busy straight-away, admittedly with small jobs, maybe not working at full capacity. I have a big-ish job lined up which will start next week, but I am not sure exactly what the start date will be yet, so there might be a gap there, but that wouldn't worry me.

Though, as Teresa said, if I had a quiet spell of more than a couple of days, with nothing booked ahead, I'd probably start to worry.


[Edited at 2014-09-10 09:45 GMT]


 

Yulia Tsybysheva BA MSc MCIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:33
Member (2011)
English to Russian
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Sometimes... Sep 10, 2014

Although quite often it's a case of weekends without rest (well, with at least some work to do)

 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:33
Member (2012)
French to English
Yes, often Sep 10, 2014

I have no work today, for instance. Anyone out there need a French to English translator?

 

Diana Obermeyer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:33
Member (2013)
German to English
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Couldn't have said it better Sep 10, 2014

Vera Schoen wrote:


I'm one of those who answered "No".
Are there weekdays without work? Yes, it happens.
Weekends with work? Often.
So on the job-less weekdays I'm happy not to work.


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 09:33
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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No, Sep 10, 2014

not any longer, but we never know what will happen in the future, so I am still open to new clients as long as they pay my rates, pay on time and communicate in a respectful and professional manner.

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:33
Member (2009)
English to German
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Rarely Sep 10, 2014

There were only a few days now and then without work, but this has not happened in the past months. And, based on all current and guaranteed upcoming projects, this will definately not happen over the next 4 - 5 months.icon_wink.gif

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:33
Member (2006)
German to English
No Sep 10, 2014

Fortunately not. I do take the odd day off where I should be working, but those are the benefits of being a freelancer. Sometimes I get punished for doing that, but as long as I have it "under control" then I am not worried.
I consider myself fortunate for this and never complain about it.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:33
Spanish to English
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No Sep 10, 2014

On weekdays without a job, I seize the opportunity todo other things. In fact, I wish I were guaranteed one or two days without jobs this week, as the weather is still beachy..

 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:33
English to Spanish
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Yes, but... Sep 10, 2014

Yes, but I am supposed to be a retired man, so when I don't have any work I act like a retired man. I don't promote myself, so my workload is manageable and I can be working or retired as I may wish.

 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:33
Spanish to English
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Work can take so many forms Sep 10, 2014

I may not be translating, but I might be doing administrative stuff, or working on the office, upgrading a computer, working on my blog... building halloween props in my basement (my neighbors think I'm a mass murderer because of all the body parts... their kids think it's awesome).

Today I have no translation projects, so I'm casting some rocks in silicone, then I'm doing a pickaxe. I'm building a Minecraft cave for the kids this yearicon_smile.gif


 
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