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Poll: As a translator, what is your first priority to spend money on?
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Teresa Borges
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Other May 28, 2015

My first priority is not to prioritize… Depends entirely on the circumstances at the time!

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Rent, bills, food... May 28, 2015

I guess these come under "other".

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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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Other May 28, 2015

I have no priority as such as a translator. Everything counts.
As a human being, my priorities are (in no particular order): familiy, health, no debt, food, shelter, holiday, pension contributions, etc.

Being self-employed, I buy what I need to be as efficient, productive, prosperous, well-mannered, knowledgeable, low-maintenance, healthy, relaxed, future-proof and fast as I can.

When my computer is slow, I buy a computer
When software is outdated, I upgrade it
When I prospect, I may spend on marketing or memberships
When my back is on the verge of breaking, I buy a new chair
When I have a large project in a field outside my comfort zone, I may buy a dictionary or get training.

Philippe


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Computers May 28, 2015

I'd usually say "Other", but am currently considering getting yet another PC ( I currently have 2 desktops and 2 laptops). Having the right tools in the right condition to be able to do my work and deliver on time is the main priority for me, which is why I try to always have an alternative so that I can keep working even when I have an issue with one or two of the computers, or internet failure, power cuts, etc.

A few weeks ago, a piece of software that I had on what I was using at the time as my main PC suddenly stop working. Even the SW developer/provider was unable to explain why. Nevertheless, it was still working on my backup PC, so I switched them round. However, the old backup PC has been getting a bit slow and cranky of late, so I think it's about time I invested in a new one, with a faster, more modern setup, as both of my desktops are over five years old and apparently the hardware technology has changed quite a bit.


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Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
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Previously... May 28, 2015

... my priority would have been to spend money on CPD and translation software, but I am currently avoiding any major expenditure as I am about to move in-house.

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Ana Naglić  Identity Verified
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+ taxes, contributions.... May 28, 2015

Ty Kendall wrote:

I guess these come under "other".


Utilities, bills, taxes, contributions, accountant, web hostage, basic memberships...

With all that, I have over 100 dictionaries and 3 computers, 3 printers (I need toners in my multicolour laser, though).
So I buy only what I need. And only occasionally, I treat myself with "wants".
My next big "need" is a car (business use mostly - which I don't want to buy unless I can buy it in cash) and my next big want is a TT bike.


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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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... May 28, 2015

Angus Stewart wrote:
I am about to move in-house.


In the UK? I thought in-house was a myth


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Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
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In-house May 28, 2015

Ty Kendall wrote:

Angus Stewart wrote:
I am about to move in-house.


In the UK? I thought in-house was a myth


No, in France. In-house jobs are rare, but not non-existant. I guess I just got lucky.


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Hmm May 28, 2015

This is an easy one. Mortgage, living expenses and the missus - not necessarily in that order.

Followed by computer, comfy chair, reference materials, and other office things, otherwise I cannot work.

For your viewing pleasure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnS49c9KZw8


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564354352  Identity Verified
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Rent and housekeeping May 28, 2015

Basics first...

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Billh
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Booze and smokes May 28, 2015

and my accountant.....

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Living :-) May 28, 2015

Just another way of saying what others have said.

All the same, some earnings have to be ploughed back to ensure future earnings...
My online dictionaries and the computer(s) to run them on are indispensable.
Other/most of the above in fact.
This site does me for a website, and I don't spend much on the office, but all the rest are important.

In-house or not, I would put CPD pretty high, unless my employer was providing it - as mine very generously did way back.

For me, CPD includes travel and books, which partly come under living ... as well as structured study at home and any good courses or events for linguists.

Entwined with meeting other linguists comes beating my own drum, networking, or whatever you like to call it, marketing my way.

'To travel is to live' as Hans Christian Andersen (no relation) put it.


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xxxbrg
Netherlands
I vote dother May 28, 2015

meaning 'all', because everything counts.

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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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Living first May 28, 2015

House, food, family, the kid's college tuition, vet bills.
Business expenses as they are needed.


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