Poll: What is the next thing you want to do as a professional translator/interpreter?
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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Go home! Feb 3, 2017

Or better still retire.

Not having a good start today.


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Retire! Feb 3, 2017

Reduce my work progressively so as to be able to retire - I don't feel able to tell my clients "stopping right now and sort it out as you can".

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Catherine De Crignis  Identity Verified
France
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Other Feb 3, 2017

Get better clients.
The other day I was asked by a smallish agency client of mine how much "effort" I could agree to for an urgent banking project. My base rate with them is 0,10 euro (which is why I avoid them as much as I can). Do they know I'm not sitting around twiddling my thumbs till they send me one of their crappy jobs? Do they realise "urgent" automatically calls for a higher rate, rather than the opposite? Do they mind selling words by the kilo? Do they care?
That is what I mean by getting better clients. Slowly but surely - and I'm in a very good mood today ( -;


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Hungary
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Russian to Hungarian
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Take a long vacation Feb 3, 2017

for 5 months and walk the El Camino again but this time straight from my home's door, from Budapest to Santiago de Compostela across all Europe on foot.

Those 42 days from Saint-Jean-Pied-du-Port to Santiago, then further to Finisterra in 2010 were the happiest days of my life...


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Catherine De Crignis  Identity Verified
France
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To Erzsébet Feb 3, 2017

Have you read "Therapy" by David Lodge? If not you could bring it with you and travel with one of this novel's characters.

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Other Feb 3, 2017

At this stage of my professional life, I’d love to keep my client base and take things as they come along, meaning that new clients are always welcome...

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Get more/better clients Feb 3, 2017

I'd like to expand my client base, get away from (more of) the "I need it yesterday, but will pay in 30+ days" customers who have never heard of rush fees. And I'd like to find more clients who appreciate my type of service/my fields of expertise.

Guess I got up on the wrong foot this morning.

[Edited at 2017-02-03 13:31 GMT]


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KKastenhuber  Identity Verified
Austria
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Better paying clients Feb 3, 2017

I'm perfectly happy with the amount of clients I have, I'd just like to be able to up my rates.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2008)
English to Italian
don't know Feb 3, 2017

I'd like to have more clients.. although I am always busy, but you know getting client who allow a higher rate and shorter payment terms....
but no I am happy with it...
Having my own agency... that would be a long term plan, for my kids... and maybe for me as well.. so I should not worry about not being able to type as fast as I can now....

But really I am so focused on working I do not even think about it


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Rita Utt  Identity Verified
France
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Dream project Feb 3, 2017

More direct clients in my field of interest : social security and pension schemes.
Fascinating although it does not sound very attractive.


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Vuka Mijuskovic  Identity Verified
Serbia
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English to Serbian
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Dream project Feb 3, 2017

To upgrade my art studio

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Marta Cervera Areny
Spain
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Getting better clients Feb 6, 2017

It's not so much about getting a larger amount of clients, but having clients that are worth working for --clients that are nice, pay acceptable rates and pay on time.

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Other plus some of these Feb 10, 2017

I have often thought about some of these options, and they may be in my future plans, like opening an agency, outsourcing, etc.
But my immediate objective is not in that list. Right now, I barely have any free time, but 30% of my jobs/clients/income is still in my home country, where the rates range from 40% to 60% of what I make abroad. So my first goal now is to get rid of local clients, replacing them with international clients. From 2013 to 2016, I was able to do that with 60% of my clients, moving from a 10%/90% international/local ratio to the current 70%/30%. But I want to make that 90%/10%, if I can.


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