Poll: How would you describe your current workload?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Slightly below average Jan 29, 2015

January is always slow for me. That's fine. I have a lot of catchup to do.

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Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
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Slightly above average now Jan 29, 2015

January got off to a slow start, but last week all the juicy projects I'd been told would arrive in the new year all arrived at once. I'm booked up now for weeks, which is both comforting and daunting.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Average Jan 29, 2015

Average = normal for me = might be heavy for some, as I tend to work 7 days a week.

In fact, if I received no new translation work at all for a week, I'd probably be able to deal with my backlog ( I have 2 non-urgent jobs underway since last year that I just can't find the time to finish, due to all the "urgent" little jobs that have been coming in all month).

In fact, I shouldn't even be wasting my time posting this...


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Average of what? Jan 29, 2015

Of my normal workload, or of other translators'? I know nothing about the second. I have been working like crazy for some time, so I answered "well above", but this is not true in the context of the few last months. I couldn't do more, fullstop.

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Teresa Borges
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Well above average Jan 29, 2015

2015 got off to a very, very slow start (well below average), and then a HUGE project hit me (well above average)! My head is spinning, but that's the life of a freelancer....

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Below average Jan 29, 2015

January tends to be by far my busiest month, but this year it has been mediocre.

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KKastenhuber  Identity Verified
Austria
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Well below Jan 29, 2015

I don't know what happened, but my clients seem to have concertedly vanished from the face of earth two weeks ago. Time to do some administration/marketing ...

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Same here Jan 29, 2015

Rebecca Hendry wrote:

January got off to a slow start, but last week all the juicy projects I'd been told would arrive in the new year all arrived at once. I'm booked up now for weeks, which is both comforting and daunting.


... so I'm fighting off otherwise regular jobs, and simply dreading invoicing, but I had better get down to it, so at least I can work over the weekend with an easy conscience!

I can't claim to have pinched other people's clients - these jobs are very Scandinavian and for clients that go way back. I'm really sorry I can't send anything to those who are finding life too quiet!


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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I'm so busy Jan 29, 2015

I haven't even got time to say so on here. Oh...

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Michal Surmař  Identity Verified
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SAME HERE... Jan 29, 2015

KKastenhuber wrote:

I don't know what happened, but my clients seem to have concertedly vanished from the face of earth two weeks ago. Time to do some administration/marketing ...


... all my clients gone, nothing to do ...

[Edited at 2015-01-29 13:27 GMT]


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KKastenhuber  Identity Verified
Austria
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Sometimes it helps to complain Jan 29, 2015

Michal Surmař wrote:

... all my clients gone, nothing to do ...

[Edited at 2015-01-29 13:27 GMT]


... and just as I came on here to complain about my situation - bam, new assignment, 3k. I hope it works out for you, too!


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Luiz Barucke
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too busy Jan 29, 2015

Right now, I'm on vacation, but I usually don't have time to do anything else but work on normal days (10 to 14 working hours a day). I try to save Sundays, for the good of my health and relationship.

This year, I'll try to charge higher rates, work a little less and keep my incoming.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
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As usual: variable Jan 29, 2015

August, September, October - chaotic
November - about right
December - catastrophic
January - forced holiday to begin with but last two weeks chaotic

In other words, business as usual. The freelancer's feast or famine.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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December and January Jan 30, 2015

...cannot be considered for average purposes, as these are probably the worst months of the year, in terms of workload.

My answer for this question would be, in average: Good enough to pay my bills, but I could well do twice as much work as I'm doing right now.


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