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Poll: Has your workload decreased this year in comparison to last year?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Has your workload decreased this year in comparison to last year?".

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No, quite the contrary! Jul 6, 2015

After a slight slowdown some years ago, my workload has been increasing steadily and 2015 it’s the year of HUGE projects!

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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About the same Jul 6, 2015

I'm doing slightly less than 2 years ago, but that was rather hectic. Now I'm just chuffing along fine, like a train.

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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Yes, but... Jul 6, 2015

this is voluntary, I refuse jobs as I want to have a life at last.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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I can only do so much Jul 6, 2015

Since I finished writing my book and stopped taking courses in 2012, I've had all the work I can handle. I've had almost no breaks in the last 3 years.

I am maxed out. The only way my workload could increase would be for me to work faster or more hours in a day than I already do.


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Luiz Barucke
Brazil
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It increased. Jul 6, 2015

This year I'm working much more than last year thanks to new clients and some improvements I've made on software, glossary, references etc.

My work time has been fully taken almost everyday, and I always take a full-month and some lighter breaks during the year to not get (totally) mad. To increase my workload I would need less vacations, so I believe it won't increase much more from what I have now.


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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
India
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Slightly less, I would say Jul 6, 2015

Last year was a good year with some big projects in the beginning of the year itself. This year I have been constantly busy, so I can't really complain, but there has not been any big ticket projects so far, so I would say, it has been a mixed bag so far.

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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
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Increased Jul 6, 2015

I personally attribute it to our increased/improved marketing efforts.

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Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
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Despite my attempts to cut back Jul 7, 2015

The workload has increased by about 10% (and it could easily have been more, if I hadn't turned down quite a few offers) - which is a sign that I'm not very good at following through on my own resolutions.
But I'm taking 4 weeks off in August...


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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About the same, Jul 9, 2015

But I do have more clients now, which means it will likely increase soon.

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Henry Schroeder  Identity Verified
United States
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Same workload (can't accept more), but fewer queries Jul 26, 2015

As opposed to recent years, I have been able to accept a greater percentage of job offers, but this is because the number of offers has decreased slightly and there have been a few less huge projects.

What were the results of the poll? I missed this one.


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Hungary
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decreased Jul 27, 2015

but this is my own choice. But I increased the amount of voluntary work.

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Clay Suddath  Identity Verified
France
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Bubbling over... Jul 27, 2015

Contrary to what one might expect with the omnipresence of TAO and machine translation, business is booming. I'm actually refusing more work than I accept and have even managed to raise my rates after years of stagnation. The horizon is looking bright.
I wish I could hire a few people, but between a scarcity of qualified people and labour laws that are generally rather unfavourable to entrepreneurs, I most likely will not.


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Federico Moncini
Italy
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DECREASED Jul 27, 2015

I have never been able to achieve very good results for my workload even if I buy some new cat tools and learn a fourth language. Maybe Italian my native language is a weak language combination.

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maisa liswi
Jordan
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English to Arabic
Decreased Jul 27, 2015

Decreased
May be because of lack of stability in the middle East although im from Jordan which is fully stable and peaceful


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