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Poll: How many projects did you complete last year?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How many projects did you complete last year?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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I have no idea, I didn't count!

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Other Apr 23, 2016

Have no idea and please define what a 'project' is? This might be anything over 50,000 source characters to me. Remember that I work from Japanese to English.

[Edited at 2016-04-24 02:43 GMT]


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Teresa Borges
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Other (is project the same as job?) Apr 23, 2016

Last year, I completed 159 jobs (from job 7585 on the 5th January until job 7744 on the 18th December) ranging from 1,555 to 271,875 words...

[Edited at 2016-04-23 09:14 GMT]


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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I'm afraid I haven't the foggiest. I do things on a need-to-know basis and I have no idea why I would need to know this kind of information. I suppose I could trawl through all my folders for 2015 and find out, if I really wanted to.

Here's a question "right back at ya". Who (TF) wants to know?


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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< 100 Apr 23, 2016

But most of them were over 10,000 words and several were 50,000 words. In yesterday's poll I voted that my ideal project size is 14,000 to 20,000, which is what I'm most used to.

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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But I did a lot of work on two novels, neither of which I completed during the year, so as others have implied, number of jobs done bears little relation to amount of work done.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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101-300 Apr 23, 2016

can't say the exact number... but about 200-240

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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170 Apr 23, 2016

170 jobs, to be precise. I can find out easily because I number my invoices with the year, followed by my own reference number (e.g. 2015/170).
However, as others have said, the size of these jobs varied from tiny to huge, so the actual number of jobs isn't especially meaningful.


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xxxIlan Rubin  Identity Verified
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Utterly pointless question Apr 23, 2016

May as well ask what our favourite colour is, frankly

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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
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Don't know Apr 23, 2016

I only count the dollars (or the rupees).

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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First, define "project" Apr 23, 2016

One client sends texts - often of less than 200 words - several times a week, sometimes several times a day. Then there was the book, for editing rather than translating but still a long job. Is each one classed equally as a project? Seems a bit unscientific and of little use statistically.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Other Apr 23, 2016

Frankly, I don't know. Counting my invoices doesn't help either, because some of my clients prefer bi-monthly or monthly invoices regardless of how many jobs they've sent me during that period.

Even if I counted all files, would it be fair/accurate to include all those 3 - 7 words' "projects"? I don't think so.

[Edited at 2016-04-23 17:11 GMT]


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Hussein Dayow Idow  Identity Verified
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<100 Apr 23, 2016

Just knew into this Online translation but on my Onsite translation of Somali to English I did more. I will answer this question next year.

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ventnai  Identity Verified
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No idea Apr 23, 2016

No idea. I don't count them. They vary from a few words to thousands and I bill my clients for all their different translations at the end of the month, not separately. An invoice may contain one translation or twenty.

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