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Poll: Do you usually deliver your work as soon as it is complete?
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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Wtf? Mar 16, 2015

Well I almost said no just to be obtuse.

Like, I'm not going to risk losing a customer by delivering early. Right...


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Mar 16, 2015

Normal procedure for me is to deliver the work as soon as it is complete. However, occasionally I may hang onto a text until the last minute before delivering it, to avoid giving clients the impression that I will always be able to deliver things so quickly, as they may then end up overwhelming me with work, expecting to get it back lickety-split.

Also, when giving clients an estimated delivery date, I always try to leave myself as much leeway as possible and usually manage to deliver it ahead of schedule.

[Edited at 2015-03-16 08:36 GMT]


 

ventnai  Identity Verified
Spain
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Not always a good idea Mar 16, 2015

It is not always a good idea to deliver early. The client might think that you can always do so. Best to pace your clients if you can, otherwise they might start demanding you deliver yesterday.

 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Yes Mar 16, 2015

Why wouldn't I?

 

Teresa Borges
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Other Mar 16, 2015

It depends on the deadline! I always submit on time and I’m even known to deliver quite often ahead of deadline, but never too ahead of the due date.

 

Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
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Japanese to English
Said yes but it depends Mar 16, 2015

Depends on what you mean by "complete." If you mean "completely translated" then no. If you mean "translated, spell-checked, edited, proofread, re-edited after letting it rest for a while if it's a creative text" then yes. Seriously, why not?

 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to French
Yes Mar 16, 2015

What else?
I find it so enjoyable to change a job's status to Done, Delivered and Let's-start-the-next-one that I can't wait to do so.
The next enjoyable thing for me is end-of-month invoicing.

Philippe


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Yes ... Mar 16, 2015

I do. Always.
I schedule my work, work to my schedule and deliver the work when I'm done.

Or am I missing something about the actual meaning of the question ...


 

Enrica Brancaleoni  Identity Verified
Belgium
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Yes ... Mar 16, 2015

Unless I have been exceptionally very fast on a certain translation ... just not to convey the message I can always be that fasticon_smile.gif

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes Mar 16, 2015

I can't remember a time when I intentionally delayed delivering a completed job. My experience has been that I get more work sooner that way.

 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Ah, now I get the question Mar 16, 2015

neilmac wrote:

occasionally I may hang onto a text until the last minute before delivering it, to avoid giving clients the impression that I will always be able to deliver things so quickly

...

when giving clients an estimated delivery date, I always try to leave myself as much leeway as possible and usually manage to deliver it ahead of schedule.


Snap


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Yes Mar 16, 2015

of course!

 

Ivo Jurasek  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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Depends Mar 16, 2015

Sometimes the deadline is so tight that the work is constant - read, translate, proofread, re-read, send. When the deadline is not so tight, I like to re-read the proofread text the following day, to 'sleep on it'. Usually I don't make any changes on the last reading, but it helped me to spot minor deficiencies a few times and contributed to slightly higher quality of the target text. Leaving some time, at least a day, between finishing/proofreading your own text and re-reading it before submitting is IMHO a very good thing to do.

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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It depends on the deadline Mar 16, 2015

Sometimes I hold on to a translation, especially when it was a complicated one (e.g. endless banworm sentences) to proofread it again after about an hour. Other than for this reason, I always deliver as soon as the translation is finished and underwent a second proofreading.icon_smile.gif

 
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