Poll: What part of your household income comes from your freelance activities?
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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
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Every part Sep 20, 2016

Since I am the only worker in my family and since I am a full-time translator,
say that everything depends on me.
(My God)


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Katrin Bosse  Identity Verified
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Same here Sep 20, 2016

Susanna Martoni wrote:
Since I am the only worker in my family and since I am a full-time translator,
say that everything depends on me.
(My God)


Indeed! It's quite daunting at times. Especially when illness strikes.


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Teresa Borges
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Other Sep 20, 2016

Nowadays, my household income comes from my pension, just as for 20 years it came from my salary. Everything else I earn is either to help my daughters and grandchildren or to save up for a rainy day (wishful thinking!). But there were periods in my life where every part of my income came from my freelancing activities…

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Split Sep 20, 2016

Before taxes, more than 80%, after taxes, a lot less

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Less than 10% Sep 20, 2016

…because, as everyone knows, I'm a retired millionaire doing translations for kicks.



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XXXphxxx  Identity Verified
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? Sep 20, 2016

Doesn't that depend entirely how many people in your household are drawing an income? Perhaps "household" should have been deleted from the question.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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A household of one Sep 20, 2016

Decipherit wrote:

Doesn't that depend entirely how many people in your household are drawing an income? Perhaps "household" should have been deleted from the question.


A household could have as many or as few people as you wish.


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Paulinho Fonseca  Identity Verified
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Agree. Sep 20, 2016

Decipherit wrote:

Doesn't that depend entirely how many people in your household are drawing an income? Perhaps "household" should have been deleted from the question.



I share with other three people. Costs are equally split.




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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Currently, 100% Sep 20, 2016

I quit my former in-house job in the business management area in 2013, and never worked in-house again (and do not intend to). That changed the rate to about 75%. Right now, my income comes entirely from the translations.

My wife also lost her job last year, and decided to specialize in her field. But until she's finished, she is also helping me with the translations, and it is currently (temporarily) her only income, as well.

My son's income with translations represented about 50% of his income, but since May, he quit his other non-translation job, and he's looking for another one. But for the moment being, translation is his only income, as well.

So, specifically for the moment being, translation represents 100% of our income, though this may change soon back to the regular 75%.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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But the asker wants to know about the household income, not your own Sep 21, 2016

Decipherit wrote:

Doesn't that depend entirely how many people in your household are drawing an income? Perhaps "household" should have been deleted from the question.


I believe the question is exactly to know about the household income, that is, the sum of the income of all people who live in your house. It also considers the possibility of the translator making part of their money as a freelance, and part of it with something else.

It is actually an interesting question, considering many translators, in addition to having another activity, may be married to someone who has another profession, and in some cases, like mine, have a son or daughter who also works in another area and also helps in the household income, or even other people, like a retired grandparent who lives with you, a nephew, a motherin-law, and so many other possibilities, who can also have their own income and help with the expenses.

So, I really don't see a reason for your "?"

[Edited at 2016-09-21 04:05 GMT]


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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same here Sep 21, 2016

Susanna Martoni wrote:


Since I am the only worker in my family and since I am a full-time translator,
say that everything depends on me.
(My God)


Since I divorced 13 years ago, if I do not sleep, eat or with my children), I translate.

"(*/*)" owl


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