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Poll: If you couldn't be a freelance translator, what other kind of freelancer would you be ?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Language teacher Dec 15, 2016

But only because that's what I did before going full-time as a translator. In the real world, nowadays I'd consider other things too if something interesting came up.

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Teresa Borges
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Other Dec 15, 2016

No idea! I didn't start out my career as a translator. There were more than a couple of other completely different professions before this one. I do not regret at all my intricate professional path as it gave me a valuable insight of different areas of business. Then one day translation found me: part-time for a few years followed by 20 years as full-time in-house translator and reviser (retired now). As I am a firm believer of the right to work beyond retirement age (if one wishes so) I have been freelancing full time since 2006. What would I do if I wasn’t a translator? The only thing I’m quite sure is that I would take whatever life had to offer me…

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
Ski instructor Dec 15, 2016

We have plenty of mountains and ski grounds here in Japan. The Aussies and Kiwis swear that the best powder can be found in Hokkaido.

In fact, in my youth - ahem - I skied the course at Happone that was used for the downhill in the Nagano Winter Olympics nonstop. Unfortunately I did not clock a time that would have got me a medal.

Of course, I shall ski Anonymously in the spirit of the polls we have been getting recently.

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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Me too Dec 15, 2016

neilmac wrote:

But only because that's what I did before going full-time as a translator. In the real world, nowadays I'd consider other things too if something interesting came up.


But nowadays I'd like to be a lawyer.


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Natalie Soper  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Florist Dec 15, 2016

I dunno, it just seems like a nice job.

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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Dec 15, 2016

Freelance astronaut/cosmonaut/taikonaut

Philippe


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Noni Gilbert
Spain
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I wouldn't be a freelancer Dec 15, 2016

Or at least I wouldn't have employees... I am experiencing pension envy, access to days off envy [without having to make up the time later], lack of responsibility etc. etc.. But then the grass is always greener...

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Ivan Czar  Identity Verified
Hungary
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IT education Dec 15, 2016

I am an IT expert and Physics teacher "breaking bad" to the translation industry. For years I was IT/ECDL instructor, but this pays better.

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Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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Other Dec 15, 2016

A pilot. In fact, I am one, but it's quite difficult to develop it as a full-time freelance career (as opposed to employment), so I have to earn a living by translating.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Other Dec 15, 2016

Call boy☺

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Roni_S  Identity Verified
Slovakia
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Other Dec 15, 2016

Freelance gazillionaire

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Judge on Strictly Come Dancing Dec 15, 2016

Len and Darcy, please step aside.

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Laura Bissio CT  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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Architect Dec 15, 2016

Because I am one.
But maybe I'd try something completely new...


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Ricki Farn
Germany
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I have no idea. Dec 15, 2016

My little brother always answers "rich and lazy". My answer is "a little old French lady with lots of cats and green window shutters", but I'm not sure if there are any job opportunities for that.

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