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Poll: Would you stop being a freelancer if you were offered a permanent in-house position?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Would you stop being a freelancer if you were offered a permanent in-house position?".

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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A simple Aug 18, 2016

No!

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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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No Aug 18, 2016

Of course, if I got offered an in-house position with interesting and just enough challenging tasks, the freedom to organise them as I wish, nice colleagues, a lovely boss, a good pay (better than what I earn as a freelancer) and all this within a 10 minutes drive from my home, then of course I'd accept and quit freelancing. But it's not going to happen, there's really nothing to discuss here.

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Bora Tasdemir  Identity Verified
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Why would I get paid less for what I do? Aug 18, 2016

I know what is going to happen, if I ever work in an in-house position: working in the evenings and at the weekends for less amount of money. As an English-Turkish translator, I don't even work with Turkish companies. Accepting an in-house position would be a very foolish thing to do if the company doesn't belong to me.

[Bearbeitet am 2016-08-18 08:41 GMT]


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Teresa Borges
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Other (Been there, done that!) Aug 18, 2016

As I said before (another very similar poll) I worked in-house (an EU institution) for 20 years and retired in 2006. I loved the work, my boss, my colleagues and… the pay (I usually earned much more than I do now). I often miss the camaraderie, the lunchtime chats, the teamwork and the helpdesk support! At my age, I doubt very much I would be offered any in-house position, so I’ll keep on FREElancing!

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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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No way Aug 18, 2016

I would never ever consider being an employee again.
I would happily stop working as a translator but I would never want go give up being self-employed or run my own business. Personally, I don't miss bosses, lunchtime chats, colleagues and teamwork at all.

[Edited at 2016-08-18 08:53 GMT]


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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No, not a chance Aug 18, 2016

But my answer might have been different 20 years ago

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Sadek_A  Identity Verified
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Depends... Aug 18, 2016

For a rewarding package (one that will allow me to live a life of material comfort in the country of employment and be able to save), a big fat ABSOLUTELY.

For a peanuts package (one that will force me to live a life of misery in the country of employment and be encouraged to hate my job), a big fat PASS.


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Not now Aug 18, 2016

I was enormously grateful when I landed an in-house job in 1998.

After a series of pot-boiler jobs that brought in a pay check, but not much satisfaction, I was not ready to organise myself, and I did not know enough about translation to make a success of freelancing.
My employer sponsored my postgraduate diploma and colleagues helped me to learn a lot, while they provided a safety net - they kindly sorted out my mistakes before my work went out to clients. I was truly upset when the company had to downsize and closed the office. Even then, it was my best client for a number of years after a started freelancing.

I would warmly recommend an in-house position with a good agency as a starting point, but like others, I would not go back. Probably no employer would take me on either, so the question does not arise in practice.


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Other Aug 18, 2016

Sophie Dzhygir wrote:

Of course, if I got offered an in-house position with interesting and just enough challenging tasks, the freedom to organise them as I wish, nice colleagues, a lovely boss, a good pay (better than what I earn as a freelancer) and all this within a 10 minutes drive from my home, then of course I'd accept and quit freelancing. But it's not going to happen, there's really nothing to discuss here.


I'd add a month's paid holiday and no night or weekend work.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Been there, done that Aug 18, 2016

Teresa Borges wrote:

As I said before (another very similar poll) I worked in-house (an EU institution) for 20 years and retired in 2006. I loved the work, my boss, my colleagues and… the pay (I usually earned much more than I do now). I often miss the camaraderie, the lunchtime chats, the teamwork and the helpdesk support! At my age, I doubt very much I would be offered any in-house position, so I’ll keep on FREElancing!


I worked for international institutions for 25 years and quit to become a freelance. I miss all the things that Teresa does, but I don't miss the schedule, the commute, or having to get all dressed up every day. At least in my day, we wore pantsuits or dresses, jewelry, and pantyhose and heels.

[Edited at 2016-08-18 10:40 GMT]


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Linda Miranda  Identity Verified
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Other Aug 18, 2016

Just like Teresa said: "At my age, I doubt very much I would be offered any in-house position, so I’ll keep on FREElancing!" And I underline FREE too!

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Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
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I left an in-house position in June Aug 18, 2016

After 13 years, I got tired of the daily grind of an unfullfilling 9 to 5 job with a horrible boss (who was there only for 1.5 years when I left). Now, I have very varied texts, lots of work, and even if I work longer hours, I'm a lot happier. I can go to the gym in non-peak hours. I always promised myself, if I were to become a freelancer, I would get back into shape.

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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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I'm not sure Aug 18, 2016

Definitely NOT as an in-house translator.

However if I were offered a full-time job back in HR management or HRD consulting, I'd certainly give it some thought.


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Els Peleman  Identity Verified
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Been there done that Aug 18, 2016

I have worked for three translation offices, only one was acceptable, two others were real nightmares, but none of them comes even in the neighbourhood of the benefits and standards of a freelance translator. I would never ever give up my freelance status.

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