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Poll: What motivates you most in your trade?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Art is nice, but being a starving translator isn't any nicer than being a starving artist. However, although money is of the utmost importance in the world we live in, it will never shake off its grubby associations with corruption and dishonesty.

I wish they wouldn't post questions like this. Must be a slow day in the bullpen.


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Platon Danilov  Identity Verified
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Yeap! May 22

Money is the best motivator ever

While I cannot call myself a mammonish nor a great fan of money concept, mankind has not invented a better equivalent for efforts vs opportunities.


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Ana Vozone  Identity Verified
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Money May 22

of course, this is my job, I need to work ... But money made doing what I like (translating) on (mostly) my own terms (as a freelancer).

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Other - more than one May 22

- First, the money, of course.
- It's also very motivating to feel that I have been useful to clients, that my work matters to them. Given my age, my ego soars every time a nice big job comes in.
- Learning about subjects that interest me.


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Teresa Borges
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I'm not as motivated about making money as I used to be when I had to support my family. Nowadays, what motivates me is just (trying) to do a really good job and the acknowledgement from my clients that they appreciate my work. I have a very inquiring mind and I love learning new things and I always get a kick out of it. I also like the idea of waking up every morning never knowing exactly what each new job will bring.

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Tanami  Identity Verified
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Money May 22

The results are quite predictable.

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writeaway  Identity Verified
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Money May 22

I translate to live, I don't live to translate. I suppose that would be different if I were receiving a juicy civil service pension and translation jobs were just the cherry on the cake.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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What I do is not a trade May 22

Then again, someone around here might say it's just semantics. That's another reason I'm a translator, not them.

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Catherine De Crignis  Identity Verified
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writeaway wrote:

I translate to live, I don't live to translate. I suppose that would be different if I were receiving a juicy civil service pension and translation jobs were just the cherry on the cake.


Quite!


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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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Other May 22

It's kind of an addiction, and in a weird way, a form of escapism.

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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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I enjoy it May 22

I have been doing this for over 20 years and I know I am not in it for the money. Wishful thinking!
I enjoy it but it has been serving the purpose of more or less keeping me ticking over (and the family) towards a professional reconversion. The advantage of translation is that I do generally enjoy it, I can (more or less) arrange my own working hours around study (= I can chose to study late at night/early in the morning or totranslates late at night/early in the morning). I am basically always doing one or the other.

One year from now I hope to be qualified as a clinical neuropsychologist, again something I really enjoy and will be tanslating for the icing on the cake! The conversion was motivated by my "fed-upness" of bad payers (private clients) and slow payers (agencies) and the lousy rates (most) agencies offer. One way or the other, the money aspect of it really started to detract from the enjoyment of the act of translating. It was time to shift the balance to something else and I have no regrets.


[Edited at 2017-05-22 13:43 GMT]

[Edited at 2017-05-22 13:43 GMT]


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xxxIlan Rubin  Identity Verified
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Altruism May 22

The thought that I'm making a meaningful contribution to society 😁

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Money vs. Independence May 22

Money is the most frequent answer, and it sounds obvious. However, money is what motivates you in every commercial activity, not specifically in translation. I believe the question is what motivates you most in your trade, as compared to other trades, i.e., why choose translations?
In that case, independence is my answer.


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DZiW
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Contrafreeloading May 22

Except cats, almost all mammals (including humans) are subject to contrafreeloading.

Yet sometimes I prefer to be as a cat)


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