Poll: How many jobs do you generally do in a month?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jun 26

It‘s extremely variable: in December last year I only did 13 jobs, in June this year 26 so far. In general, the number of jobs in a month depends a great deal on the number of words each job has: the longer, the fewer…

Linda Miranda
Kevin Fulton
Liena Vijupe
Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 01:00
Member (2007)
German to French
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Missing option Jun 26

Rather 20-30

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Philippe Etienne
Vesa Korhonen
Marion Bazzoli
Kaisa I
Edith van der Have-Raats
 

Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:00
German to English
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It varies Jun 26

There are big jobs and little jobs. If you have a big job, you'll do few in a month. If you get a passle of little jobs, you'll do a whole bunch of them. The word count might be quite similar on a "many little jobs month" as on a "a few big jobs" month.

 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 01:00
Member
English to French
Other Jun 26

20-30 without hard evidence.

with hard evidence:
jan: 29
feb: 29
mar: 30
apr: 29
may: 26
Average 2018: 22,4
Average 2017: 22,1
Average 2016: 21,8
Average 2015: 26,4
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Average since Sept 2009 (after relocation in Spain): 19,7

This consistent average shows that I don't run a word factory: If I could stamp words and sell them by the pallet, I'd have levied cash to buy bigger, more powerful word-stamping ma
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20-30 without hard evidence.

with hard evidence:
jan: 29
feb: 29
mar: 30
apr: 29
may: 26
Average 2018: 22,4
Average 2017: 22,1
Average 2016: 21,8
Average 2015: 26,4
...
Average since Sept 2009 (after relocation in Spain): 19,7

This consistent average shows that I don't run a word factory: If I could stamp words and sell them by the pallet, I'd have levied cash to buy bigger, more powerful word-stamping machines, streamlined industrial processes, increased my output and likely offered volume discounts to get rid of my stock when sales are slow: 4 pallets for the price of 3 if cash on delivery.

Philippe
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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 01:00
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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Between 70 and 90 Jun 26

ProZ.com Staff wrote:
"How many jobs do you generally do in a month?"


If we define a "job" as a request with a deadline (in other words, several requests from the same client, all with the same deadline, is 1 job, but 10 requests from the same client, on successive days, each with its own deadline, are 10 jobs) (and if we count staggered-delivery jobs as 1 job even though there may be multiple deadlines), then during 2017 and 2018 I had between 70 and 90 jobs per month:

* 2017: Jan _81, Feb _80, Mar 106, Apr 107, May 87, Jun 121, Jul 57, Aug 94, Sep 98, Oct 95, Nov 111, Dec 94
* 2018: Jan 116, Feb 138, Mar 125, Apr _81, May 79, Jun _65, Jul 75, Aug 40, Sep 48, Oct 33, Nov _39, Dec 38

I know we're not supposed to talk about money, but I think we'll get a better idea of "job" (for comparison purposes) if we know the average value of "job". In my case, it's between €45 and €55 per job.


Philippe Etienne
 

Kay-Viktor Stegemann
Germany
Local time: 01:00
Member (2016)
English to German
Hundreds Jun 26

My jobs come in all sizes, some have 20,000 words and some only 20. Some agencies have set up platforms where I can do many small translations without much hassle, often it's only that one missing string for a longer software project or tech manual. In a normal month, I do hundreds of these smaller assignments. (And this is also the reason why I do not maintain a complete register of all big and small jobs every month, as was asked in the last poll - it simply is not worth the effort.)

 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:00
Member (2012)
French to English
0-10 Jun 26

See title

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 01:00
Member (2018)
French to English
. Jun 26

Looks like I'll be issuing 11 bills at the end of this month, although three of those will be for agencies who ask me to bung all jobs completed this month on to the one bill, so I'll have done more jobs than that. Probably 18 or 19. It feels like a pretty typical month.

 

Anastasia Kingsley Kinkusic  Identity Verified
Croatia
Member (2011)
English
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It all depends Jun 26

Lately I do fewer jobs of a higher word count. It’s great on one hand. I personally think it’s easier to keep going on a larger job then familiarize myself with several smaller jobs. The only downfall is when the client drags out payment. At this moment between the Spring and Summer season, the majority of earnings by Mediterranean firms will take place in the next few months. Believe it or not, I am waiting to be paid for jobs completed in May. (Conclusion: 3 months savings is essential in ... See more
Lately I do fewer jobs of a higher word count. It’s great on one hand. I personally think it’s easier to keep going on a larger job then familiarize myself with several smaller jobs. The only downfall is when the client drags out payment. At this moment between the Spring and Summer season, the majority of earnings by Mediterranean firms will take place in the next few months. Believe it or not, I am waiting to be paid for jobs completed in May. (Conclusion: 3 months savings is essential in this business!) In this case, smaller jobs can be a lifesaver for covering ongoing expenses until the more impressive clients actually pay up.Collapse


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:00
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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0-10 Jun 27

I rarely do short jobs. They tend to range between 10,000 and 50,000 words.

 


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