Poll: Are freelancers more of the risk-taking type than other professionals?
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Teresa Borges
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No May 16

Risk-taker? Me? I’m no Grand Prix driver, no stock market trader, no test pilot and no skydiver. These are high-risk professions and they couldn’t be further from what I do for a living.

Maja_K
Emily Scott
Kay-Viktor Stegemann
Muriel Vasconcellos
Angie Garbarino
 

Edward Potter  Identity Verified
Spain
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Entrepreneurs May 16

Generally, entrepreneurs take more risks than mere employees. As we know, more than half of all businesses fail.

That said, I think a lot of translators slink off into their corner and clack away on their keyboards without understanding that this lifestyle has its risks as well.

I guess you could say many translators are risk takers and don't know it.


DZiW
Juno Bos
Muriel Vasconcellos
Julio Madrid
Constance de Crayencour
Natalia Pedrosa
Isaura Ordóñez
 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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More and less May 16

More risk-taking than translators with in-house jobs, but less risk-taking than freelancers in many other occupations.

Maja_K
Teresa Borges
Julio Madrid
Constance de Crayencour
Gibril Koroma
Hege Jakobsen Lepri
Veronika Malíková
 

Jared Tabor
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The perception of risk May 16

Teresa Borges wrote:

Risk-taker? Me? I’m no Grand Prix driver, no stock market trader, no test pilot and no skydiver. These are high-risk professions and they couldn’t be further from what I do for a living.


Interesting take, Teresa. In another life, I did some freelance work, and at the time I lacked the self-discipline, confidence, courage [extensive list redacted] that would have made my freelancing more successful. Risk is probably a question of perspective and perception, but isn't there more risk involved for the average freelancer than for the average 9 to 5 employee? 9 to 5 skydivers excluded, of course.

Jared


Gibril Koroma
 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
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. May 16

Obviously there are more risks to free-lancing than to working as an employee. This was the main bar to me free-lancing for many years - coupled with the fact that I had some truly lovely colleagues who I sorely miss even now.
My father was the epitome of caution. He never took a decision without weighing all the pros and cons very carefully, and never took risks if he could help it. Even in a game of backgammon, he'd calculate the chances of a token being taken before making his move. Th
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Obviously there are more risks to free-lancing than to working as an employee. This was the main bar to me free-lancing for many years - coupled with the fact that I had some truly lovely colleagues who I sorely miss even now.
My father was the epitome of caution. He never took a decision without weighing all the pros and cons very carefully, and never took risks if he could help it. Even in a game of backgammon, he'd calculate the chances of a token being taken before making his move. The only exception was Monopoly: he'd take huge risks and wipe us all off the board. My mother would ask why he couldn't do the same in real life, his answer was always a hollow laugh. Of course he didn't have any capital, but he'd have been terrified of a dodgy investment if he had it.
So I was naturally disinclined to taking risks myself. I only went freelance because my lovely colleagues all left and the boss wanted me to work from home, which to me seemed like all the disadvantages of freelancing without any of the benefits.
I had been doing the groundwork for several years, lurking here, making contacts on LinkedIn and so on, so once I had no choice but to freelance, I was starting out from the best of positions. So not all that risky after all.
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Teresa Borges
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@Jared May 16

Jared Tabor wrote:

Teresa Borges wrote:

Risk-taker? Me? I’m no Grand Prix driver, no stock market trader, no test pilot and no skydiver. These are high-risk professions and they couldn’t be further from what I do for a living.


Interesting take, Teresa. In another life, I did some freelance work, and at the time I lacked the self-discipline, confidence, courage [extensive list redacted] that would have made my freelancing more successful. Risk is probably a question of perspective and perception, but isn't there more risk involved for the average freelancer than for the average 9 to 5 employee? 9 to 5 skydivers excluded, of course.

Jared


You’re right! It’s all a question of perspective. Being careful by nature I just can’t describe myself as a risk-taker, but I have taken a few risks in my life. Life in itself is a risk, isn’t it?


Jared Tabor
 

Kay-Viktor Stegemann
Germany
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English to German
In theory, yes, in practice, no May 16

In theory, freelancers should tend to be risk-takers. But in my case, the switch from permanent employee to freelancer was simply a no-brainer, even though I am not the risk-taking type. And I know that I could return to my old profession anytime. With that fallback, there is really next to no risk.

Elizabeth Tamblin
 

JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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On the contrary, in my case May 16

In a country where unemployment is high and a massive hurricane can wipe out hundreds of businesses overnight, it is considered prudent to have a source of income that doesn't depend on finding an employer with the means and disposition to hire you.

I do have a part-time job but it provides no job security and no additional benefits. My current contract runs out this month and I am reasonably certain that I will be hired again in August, but there is no guarantee.

Would
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In a country where unemployment is high and a massive hurricane can wipe out hundreds of businesses overnight, it is considered prudent to have a source of income that doesn't depend on finding an employer with the means and disposition to hire you.

I do have a part-time job but it provides no job security and no additional benefits. My current contract runs out this month and I am reasonably certain that I will be hired again in August, but there is no guarantee.

Would I take a full-time job if the opportunity appeared? Possibly--depends on a lot of factors, including my age and health. Would I have done so 30 years ago? Almost certainly.

All around me are people who are scrambling to find anything they can do to earn money. I consider myself fortunate to possess the skills that give me access to the relative security of freelancing.

--Jane
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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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I don't know May 16

I don't regard myself as a risk-taker. I just do what I think is interesting, and if I can earn a bit of money from it, then great!

 


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