Poll: Do you set yourself an annual budget for work tools, training, etc.?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you set yourself an annual budget for work tools, training, etc.?".

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Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 20:49
Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
no Jul 28, 2017

I did plan a budget when I was first starting out, now I just buy whatever I need as I need it. You can't plan things like laptops breaking down and I rarely bother buying stuff except to replace what I already have. I'm pretty minimalist.

Training mostly involves signing up for freebie demos of whatever CAT tool I might need (just recently started using a different one as a PM who I get on really well with transferred to a different agency).


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 19:49
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jul 28, 2017

I don’t set an annual budget for work tools, training, etc., I buy when the need arises or when the mood strikes, but I have an idea of what my limits are…

 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Member (2000)
Russian to English
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What's the difference? Jul 28, 2017

What difference is there between the options "I don't set myself a budget..." and "No"?

 

Peter Shortall  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:49
Member
French to English
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Overlap Jul 28, 2017

Jack Doughty wrote:

What difference is there between the options "I don't set myself a budget..." and "No"?


That's just what I was thinking - my cursor was hovering over "No" until I noticed "I don't set myself a budget".


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
+ ...
No Jul 28, 2017

Jack Doughty wrote:

What difference is there between the options "I don't set myself a budget..." and "No"?


Could this be an attempt to differentiate the "nevers" and the "annuals" from those who set themselves a budget at, say, a monthly or hourly frequency?

As for me, I don't do training and my computer is 10 years ol, so that must make me a "no".


 

Ana Vozone  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:49
Member (2010)
English to Portuguese
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As needed... Jul 28, 2017

I buy new software and software updates (CAT's, spellchecker, etc.) when the need arises, I attend training sessions (webinars, meetings) if and when the opportunity arises. However, none of this is planned or budgeted.

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 20:49
Member (2006)
German to English
Yes Jul 28, 2017

Of course. I find that you have to set yourself a goal and try to meet it. It is the same as every other business, especially if you have to pay taxes, etc.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 17:49
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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As needed Jul 30, 2017

I don't have a budget for anything, unfortunately. I tried to implement it in my home a few times, and it ended up not working. But I'm trying again this year.

 


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