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Poll: What has been your longest period of "famine"?
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Teresa Borges
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10 days, always followed by a very busy time...

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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I don't recall. Nowadays it'd be a relief to find an empty inbox for a few days. I usually have a backlog of non-urgent texts waiting anyway, to revise/edit for when the usual constant onslaught of "urgent" translation jobs is done. For example, if nobody sends me any translations today, I'll still have about nine academic texts to check if I get bored over the weekend or early next week...

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Béatrice DEZERALD  Identity Verified
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I voted "1 month" but Nov 25, 2016

in fact it was 3 weeks without a single job.
It happened only once.
I sometimes have very calm periods, once or twice a year, but always with several little jobs and never longer than 1 week.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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One or 2 weeks Nov 25, 2016

I went almost 4 years with almost no breaks at all, but this year I had to turn down work to travel to Brazil on family business and take care of other issues that came up. By the time I was ready to work full-time again I had dropped off my clients' radar and ended up waiting a couple of weeks before the work started rolling in again.

I have a theory: jobs are most likely to appear when we're already working--lik the person with the full-time desk job who gets more offers than the person who is unemployed. The opportunities seem to come more often when we're already employed than when we're looking for work.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Several months, in 2001 Nov 25, 2016

Remember the recession of 2001? The dotcom bust happened. Lost my good job and, not having more than two or three clients made it very hard to get back into the swing of things.

But let's remember that periods of famine, long or short, may have little or nothing to do with you and a lot to do with factors and circumstances beyond your control.

Of course, members of the school of American perennial happiness and success will tell you otherwise.




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Francesca Ciet
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One week today Nov 25, 2016

It is one of those periods right now. I can't wait it to finish...

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Cécile Gaultier  Identity Verified
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Little story before the weekend to my fellow colleagues Nov 25, 2016

One month. No work for one month. I told myself, after a week or two... I am not going to worry, I will be just fine. And then, as three weeks went by, I had a very hard time keeping that positive attitude. After four weeks, I received a call from an acquantaince of mine offering a very nice position in a company (not at all as a translator), well-paid, 5 mn away from home.

I thought long and hard over the weekend and asked the opinion of my O so wise 87 year-old grandfather ... who said (in French) "You do not kill your dog for a bad year". So I refused the offer and guess what? The next day, I was overwhelmed with work for the weeks to come.

Ever since I have been telling myself: Merci Papy !

Have a nice weekend everyone.

[Modifié le 2016-11-25 10:20 GMT]


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Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
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A week or so, but.... Nov 25, 2016

Back in 2008, with the financial crisis, all freelancing work stopped for several months, as my clients were cutting their spending. The problem was that I had had a great year before, so the government sent me a massive bill to pay the taxes they thought I would owe in 2008, based on how much I had earned the year before.
Luckily, my freelancing was just extra revenue at the time. I was working as an in-house translator, so I had a regular revenue.


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Paulo Caldeira  Identity Verified
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It depends to the Dollar Nov 25, 2016

Well,
Jobs are not a problem.
The problem is to be paid in Dollars.
Actually, to get my money in Euros I have to pay conversion taxes and Euro is a weak currency.
I hope this change soon.
I have "famine" of an Euro with power.


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Monika Gromm  Identity Verified
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Both me and my husband are freelancers so if one of us has a worse period, the other one does just fine and we manage.

This November has been a pretty calm month for me, where I totalled only about 70% of my average. Until today, where two very nice jobs came in.

I will be facing a "planned famine" though since I will be having a child some time in December so I am taking as much as I can handle now between buying and organising stuff and trying not to fall asleep or die of back pain.


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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
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It happens from time to time... Nov 25, 2016

At first it's a relief that you've got some time off to do your own thing, but that can quickly turn to boredom and depression if there's no work for a week or more.

One thing I've learned over the years is to treat every day of the week as just another working day. I don't have a fixed weekly schedule or pattern - if work comes in on Thursday and requires working over the weekend, big deal, it's just four days of work. That's the way I've learned to get on with being a freelancer over the years - to open my mind and live for each day. Honestly, I don't think I could go back to the fixed 9-5 monthly salary, although sometimes I muse about how nice and secure it would be.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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1 or 2 weeks, but... Nov 25, 2016

I'm considering slow periods with a few very small jobs as "famine", not only days with zero jobs.

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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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It's been seven hours and fifteen days... Nov 25, 2016

Or more...

[Edited at 2016-11-25 22:45 GMT]


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Luiz Barucke
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A few hours Nov 25, 2016

Not considering weekends, of course

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