Poll: For how many years have you been freelancing?
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Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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6 years Oct 10

I started translating 6 years ago following a career change and I hope to continue translating well into my twilight years.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Long enough Oct 10

Before I got into translation full time, I was a freelance TEFL trainer for several years.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2008)
English to Italian
15-25 Oct 10

just started my 16th year

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
Over 30 Oct 10

32, I think, at the last count.
I have enough grey hairs in the beard I'm growing to show for this.

p.s.
Initially, my granddaughter cried profusely whenever she saw the growth on my chin. She's a big three-year-old now and has learnt to tug on it instead of bursting into tears.


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Freelancing or translating? Oct 10

I started translating some 40 years ago, first as a freelance (part-time) until 1986, then worked in-house until 2006, when I retired and decided to start freelancing again (full-time). So, I’ve been translating for over 40 years, but my freelance life adds up to about 20 years…

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Toni Faisal  Identity Verified
Indonesia
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started from Q2 of 2014 (proz.com) Oct 10

But, I started as freelance English private teacher since 2008

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Only six years? Oct 10

Angus Stewart wrote:

I started translating 6 years ago following a career change and I hope to continue translating well into my twilight years.


You're just getting started, Angus! For a young fellow, you'll be translating well after Theresa May is gone from this good earth.




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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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I don't freelance Oct 10

Technically, I began translating in my teens. I remember pridefully showing a 5-sentence paragraph (translated from Spanish to English) to my English teacher in high school (I was a senior at the time) to let her know that I understood the relationship between the perfect tenses in English, and she dismissed my claim that I had translated. It didn't matter, I had plenty of motivation to go on. That was in 1980 or 1981, I think.

I do not freelance. I have translated part time, pro bono (for the church I belonged to years ago) and full time, as well as on a project basis over the years. I've read enough articles on freelancing and people's perceptions of the word freelance to persuade me never to use it again.


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Agree Oct 10

Mario Chavez wrote:

I don't freelance...



I'm 'a self-employed translator' and this is what I do for a living. Would you write 'Freelancer' on a government form? The bureaucrats would have a field day asking you to fill in the form again as they tore up what you had written time and time again.


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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
Brazil
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10+ Oct 10

I did my first freelance job in 2003, and went full-time in 2006.

It's been a struggle of ups and downs ever since.


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
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19 Oct 10

I translate professionally since 1998

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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30 Oct 11

Five years moonlighting before I started working as translator for an international organization and 25 years since I decided to say goodbye to my job and become a full-time self-employed translator.

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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30 Oct 11

But I took a long break from 1991 to 2002, because I lived in a small town, working as a reseller and business owner, which took most of my time and disposition, whre the demand for translation was zero, and where the Internet connection was very bad, so I had no contact with the external world.

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