Poll: Is your work showing any sign of slowing down at this time of the year?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Is your work showing any sign of slowing down at this time of the year?".

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Teresa Borges
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No! Aug 7, 2016

Quite the contrary and the same thing happened last year: I'm totally overbooked (I'm not complaining)...

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Another poll I don't remember! Aug 7, 2016

Maybe I submitted this one a year ago! Maybe I subsmitted it at Christmas, who knows! But I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have had 'more or less' as an option as it seems pretty meaningless!

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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No Aug 7, 2016

Just got two biggish jobs - one will keep me busy for the next 2 and a half months and the other one will last for the next 4 weeks. There's also another automotive project that is due to start soon that will last until November, and then there's all the incidental little jobs that come along now and then.

Looks like a couple of cans of Red Bull for breakfast every morning for the foreseeable future. I just hope I don't slow down and wilt in this heat. It was 38C with 70 to 80% humidity yesterday!


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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No Aug 7, 2016

I had a lull after I got back from a trip to Brazil earlier this year. It's easy for people to forget you exist, but I reminded them, and now I'm fully booked.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Aug 7, 2016

Thankfully, I'm getting slightly less work this month than the rest of the year. I could really be doing with a whole week of no jobs at all appearing in my inbox. Or even two weeks. Chance would be a fine thing...

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Teresa Borges
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Me too... Aug 7, 2016

Julian Holmes wrote:

I just hope I don't slow down and wilt in this heat. It was 38C with 70 to 80% humidity yesterday!


My air conditioning has been on during the day for the past couple of weeks because of the heat. It’s 10 a.m. in Lisbon, the temperature is already over 30°C but fortunately humidity is 38%... Bon courage!


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Nope Aug 7, 2016

Everything is as usual - red bull for Breakfast - reminds me of Family Guy

[Edited at 2016-08-07 12:35 GMT]


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ventnai  Identity Verified
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No Aug 7, 2016

I think I am actually more in demand as other translators take their holiday and companies prepare their autumn offensives and end-of-year activities.

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Seham Ebied  Identity Verified
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Yes Aug 7, 2016

Maybe because it is summer, and I take a holiday every now and then so I do not accept most of the work offers!

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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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Other: Feast & Famine cycles as usual Aug 7, 2016

I was working at full capacity until a couple of weeks ago, when demand suddenly halted. Last Thursday it returned with full blast, and I had to turn down four large job offers on Friday, because I won't be able to deliver them by the expected deadline. I'm all taken up again.

I'm getting used to these cycles. A trend that had faded some time in the past seems to be coming back: no translation assignments are made on Mon-Tue. They start on Tuesday evening, and take on a crescendo that peaks on Friday evening. I'm considering the idea of giving a discount on jobs assigned on Mondays.

The markets I cater to are mostly split 50/50 between hemispheres, i.e. mostly Brazil and the USA, so I cannot blame it on any of the four seasons. If there any factor at play, it's randomness.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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No Aug 7, 2016

I have a full agenda, and I'm not experiencing any drops so far, thank God.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Mary Aug 7, 2016

Mary Worby wrote:

Maybe I submitted this one a year ago! Maybe I subsmitted it at Christmas, who knows! But I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have had 'more or less' as an option as it seems pretty meaningless!


I have to confess: I see your surname and I think of Warby Parker, those stylish glasses


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Family Guy flashbacks Aug 7, 2016

Michael Harris wrote:

Everything is as usual - red bull for Breakfast - reminds me of Family Guy

[Edited at 2016-08-07 12:35 GMT]


Thanks for the laughteer, Michael! I needed it.



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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Happy summer is being had by all Aug 7, 2016

In 2015, my summer was so job-dry I had to take up other occupations: vinyl record collecting, buy and sell turntables on eBay, as well as selling some tchotchkes (trinkets) such as a full-size pedestal globe on Internet. It was, like Americans say, beer money mostly (I don't drink).

Then projects started arriving in earnest in mid September 2015. A happy end of year indeed.

Now, on 2016, things have been almost nonstop since February. No lazy summer days. Now I'm in the middle of a self-imposed lull because of hip surgery (carrying my left leg under my arm was getting tiresome), but I expect to resume full tilt by the end of August.


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