Poll: The last invoice I sent represents...
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 05:36
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jun 11

My monthly income is very irregular and I’ll have to wait for the end of the month to know what income I’ll have as I work mainly with regular clients who are invoiced monthly, but the only two invoices I issued so far this month are more than 50% if I compare to last month. June has been a very good month…

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Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 06:36
Member (2018)
French to English
other Jun 11

who keeps track of these things?
I didn't issue all that many invoices for May in that most of the work I did went on the same invoice, and that was maybe about a fifth of my earnings so far this year.
I'm keeping tabs because I'm seriously in danger this year of going over the threshold for having to bill VAT, but I don't bother keeping track of how much each invoice represents and other weird considerations we've been polled about recently.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 06:36
Spanish to English
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Other Jun 11

But as a freelancer, you never know. I might get a big translation in tomorrow which bumps my monthly income up to a reasonable amount.

Update: I've just received a 6.5K book chapter to translate, and it's an interesting text to boot. So that's my earnings back up to par for this month. And apparently the same client is going to send me more of the same. Which is nice

[Edited at 2019-06-12 08:06 GMT]


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 06:36
Member
English to French
10-20% Jun 11

My latest invoice dates 31 May. I invoice once a month, except for new clients, because the less often I do admin, the better. I get my money at the end of the following month, except that a recent client won't comply and I have to wait until the 20 of the following one. It irks me, it's a stone in my shoe.

If I may, I fail to see any sense to this question. I issue my monthly invoices from my job list in TO3000. In May, I delivered 25 jobs and issued 5 invoices. I usually invoice f
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My latest invoice dates 31 May. I invoice once a month, except for new clients, because the less often I do admin, the better. I get my money at the end of the following month, except that a recent client won't comply and I have to wait until the 20 of the following one. It irks me, it's a stone in my shoe.

If I may, I fail to see any sense to this question. I issue my monthly invoices from my job list in TO3000. In May, I delivered 25 jobs and issued 5 invoices. I usually invoice first the first order of the month (top of the list when sorted ascending) and last the last client who showed up that month (the only one remaining in the list). But I can of course invoice in a random order. And my reply would have changed.

Therefore the last invoice could be for a massive order or a one-off min fee. A massive amount or a few pennies, all governed by chance.
Poll question: What is to infer from this poll?

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 06:36
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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Other Jun 11

I send most of my invoices at the end of the month. Clients who send more than one job in a month get a single invoice for the last month's work.
This month I will be invoicing one client for six weeks' solid work on one job, which I started nearly two months ago, and I have another client whom I invoice quarterly to save on bank charges.

Otherwise my invoices vary from very small amounts - the equivalent of a few Euros, to a couple of thousand Euros for a client who has sent
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I send most of my invoices at the end of the month. Clients who send more than one job in a month get a single invoice for the last month's work.
This month I will be invoicing one client for six weeks' solid work on one job, which I started nearly two months ago, and I have another client whom I invoice quarterly to save on bank charges.

Otherwise my invoices vary from very small amounts - the equivalent of a few Euros, to a couple of thousand Euros for a client who has sent several jobs.
Most are in Danish Kroner, some are in GB pounds, and in practice very few of my invoices are in other currencies.

My monthly earnings swing too, from zero in April this year, when I was not working, to quite a lot at the end of June, with the quarterly invoice coming up (equivalent of nearly a thousand Euros) and the other big job, besides a few small ones.

The answer to the question is that I haven't the faintest idea, even if I could remember which was the last of five invoices sent out on May 31...
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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 23:36
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
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Other Jun 11

I usually send several invoices, up to 8-10 a month. They vary from 10 USD to 400 euros, so...."Other".

 

Deborah do Carmo  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 05:36
Dutch to English
+ ...
I do Jun 11

Kay Denney wrote:

who keeps track of these things?





[Edited at 2019-06-11 21:33 GMT]


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:36
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Other Jun 12

I don't think this question is meaningful, at least in my case, because I have no way of averaging my monthly income. So far this year, my jobs have ranged in size from 2,885 words to 29,753 words.



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