Poll: In 2017, which has been the best month for you so far, professionally speaking?
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Teresa Borges
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January Jul 20

By very far, it was my best month ever...

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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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Surprised Jul 20

I am surprised that one third have "no idea". At the time of writing, only 15 people had voted, so this is far off anything like being statistically significant yet. However, if the trend continues, my surprise will be only greater. If you are running a business, on whatever scale, surely you know to within a few days, exactly where you stand?

However, "best" can be read in a number of ways. I have taken this to mean, which month has generated the most income from translation? If others are taking the poll to be asking which month we have most enjoyed, then we will see that we are in fact not answering the same question.



[Edited at 2017-07-20 08:26 GMT]


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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No idea Jul 20

Between one thing and another, I've been far too busy all year to be analysing my performance.

PS: Pax Nikki, I don't really see myself as "running a business", thanks all the same. As a freelancer, I simply provide services.

[Edited at 2017-07-20 08:26 GMT]

Let's see if I can explain myself. In my worldview, a business means a company, i.e. a thing rather than a person. I don't see myself as a company or a thing, but a person who provides a service to others.
I do enjoy translating, but not the administration side of things. And other than every quarter or at the end of the year when I have to do tax returns, I don't usually keep a particular note of how many jobs I've done, for whom, or how much I've earned.
For me, the best month would be one in which I've had the fewest jobs coming in, thus giving me time to relax a bit more and attend to other things in my life. Even just simple things like the garden or vehicle maintenance.

[Edited at 2017-07-20 15:50 GMT]


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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July ($ will be August) Jul 20

In terms of volume of work, it was certainly July. In terms of money, it was not a good one, since the volume in June was poor. So the best month in terms of money, so far, should be August.

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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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@Neilmac Jul 20

You are right, we are providing a service. The serivce I provide as a freelancer is one which has to generate enough income to support me and to contribute to supporting my two children, in full-time higher education. For me, the freelance translation service I provide is a business.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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How about "Other" Jul 20

The first 3 months were the best time for me, almost all having the same volume

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Dyscalculia? Jul 20

neilmac wrote:

Between one thing and another, I've been far too busy all year to be analysing my performance.

PS: Pax Nikki, I don't really see myself as "running a business", thanks all the same. As a freelancer, I simply provide services.


Well, the good news is that this "I not only refuse to keep track of my turnover or production or bank balance but am also determined never even to form an accidental impression thereof" approach only works if you have way more money than you need...

All seven months this year have been good for me, business-wise.


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Eckhard Boehle  Identity Verified
Germany
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All of them! Jul 20

I miss the possibility to check "All of them" - therefore, I ticked "No idea"
But I indeed have:
I am very content with my freelancing service giving business.


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Ben Harrison  Identity Verified
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February Jul 20

February/March are normally big earning months for me because that's financial report season.

Usually the quietest time is the first week or two in January because not much worth translating gets written over Christmas, but this year I've had a few slack periods in the summer for some reason. If the occasional bit of enforced time off is part of the deal with being a translator then I don't mind it around now when the weather's half-decent.

[Edited at 2017-07-20 10:14 GMT]


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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June Jul 20

in terms of volume delivered.

January for the amount invoiced.
February for payments received.

But all months are pretty close anyway.
After 17 years translating in my fields, I have yet to notice any seasonality to my income.

Philippe


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Toni Faisal  Identity Verified
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Definitely June Jul 20

As my birthday present in this June, I got new clients and big payment.

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Luiz Barucke
Brazil
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March so far Jul 20

I have a pretty regular monthly workload for years, but this year my average income has increased, and March was the best month so far. Don't ask me why. I hope August can be even better.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Other Jul 20

December

Because I believe in better things to come - such as thought-provoking quick polls.

"December will be yuge and bigly for quick polls. I don't know, but that is what people are telling me. Proz is a very, very, very good place for polls. You will see polls like you've never seen before. Yuge polls. I know because I know polls like no-one else. Yuge, massive polls the likes you've never seen before. And, I know my polls. Believe me, someone will be writing and posting polls like you've never seen before. Yuge polls in December. You will be seeing polls like never before. But I don't know. This is what I've heard from a very, very well-informed source. Someone who knows all about polls, you know, the quick ones."

Added a bit. It wasn't hyperbolic enough.

[Edited at 2017-07-20 12:42 GMT]

[Edited at 2017-07-20 23:30 GMT]


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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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Bravo! Jul 20

Chris S wrote:

neilmac wrote:

Between one thing and another, I've been far too busy all year to be analysing my performance.

PS: Pax Nikki, I don't really see myself as "running a business", thanks all the same. As a freelancer, I simply provide services.


Well, the good news is that this "I not only refuse to keep track of my turnover or production or bank balance but am also determined never even to form an accidental impression thereof" approach only works if you have way more money than you need...

All seven months this year have been good for me, business-wise.


I'm not there yet!


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