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Poll: How many jobs would you say you have completed so far this year?
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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to French
215 Sep 18

I want fewer jobs and more words per job.

Philippe


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Muriel Vasconcellos
Teresa Borges
 

Mar Brito  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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263 Sep 18

I know this because I keep a very detailed spreadsheet with every one of them -couldn't manage without it.

I would love for fewer but bigger projects to come my way so that I wouldn't have to juggle so many at the same time, but it works for me.


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Florian Wollenschein  Identity Verified
Germany
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455 Sep 18

I also keep track of every job with a spreadsheet.

These 455 projects include very big projects as well as many tiny jobs. Of course, I am very happy to have more than enough work, but I am also trying to work on big projects more often because the administrative hassle for tiny projects is ridiculous.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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English to Portuguese
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188 Sep 18

Exactly 188 until the end of August, everything from very large to tiny projects...

[Edited at 2019-09-18 09:49 GMT]


 

Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Trend to small jobs and ongoing projects Sep 18

It's hard to estimate but the number of jobs I have completed so far is certainly in the hundreds. I have issued around 50 invoices since the beginning of the year but many/most of those cover multiple jobs.

It used to be very different when I started out as a translator some 13 years ago. Back then, most of my projects were much larger, often tens of thousands of words and I'd get a few small jobs in between. Since then, though, I noticed a clear trend towards the reverse. These da
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It's hard to estimate but the number of jobs I have completed so far is certainly in the hundreds. I have issued around 50 invoices since the beginning of the year but many/most of those cover multiple jobs.

It used to be very different when I started out as a translator some 13 years ago. Back then, most of my projects were much larger, often tens of thousands of words and I'd get a few small jobs in between. Since then, though, I noticed a clear trend towards the reverse. These days a 5,000-word translation is already a large job in my book. And more recently (say, over the last two years or so), I took on several accounts which are running on a tab and I get small regular requests (in some cases on an almost daily basis) and invoice at the end of the month. I don't mind this at all and it actually suits me very well but it's definitely a very different way of working than ten years ago.
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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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English to Danish
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98 Sep 18

The number is reflected in the invoice no.

It used to be more by this time of the year, but I am purposely scaling down and in the process weeding out, especially clients with long payment terms.

[Edited at 2019-09-18 10:45 GMT]


Noni Gilbert
 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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English to Afrikaans
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650 Sep 18

ProZ.com Staff wrote:
"How many jobs would you say you have completed so far this year?"


And it's already September, so it's a slow year for me. 1150 total last year, also 1150 total the year before that. 230 invoices so far.


 

Olly Pekelharing  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Member (2009)
Dutch to English
101 Sep 18

101 jobs to date spread over 44 invoices and representing about 242000 words.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Don't know Sep 18

I suppose I could estimate it, but it would take me time which I would rather dedicate to the couple of jobs I have in hand today. Let's just say I've made enough to pay the bills, which is all I need to know until the end of the month when I have to do my quarterly tax return.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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93 Sep 18

93 so far.
However, a "job" measures absolutely nothing, since a "job" can have 25 words or 250,000 words.
This question would be a lot smarter if it asked how many words have you translated so far this year.
Considering that, I issued 101 invoices, for 971k words so far.
But it's still not a good indicator since the word count includes translations and revisions.


[Edited at 2019-09-18 18:47 GMT]


Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Small drops vs large projects Sep 18

Mario Freitas wrote:
However, a "job" measures absolutely nothing, since a "job" can have 25 words or 250,000 words.
This question would be a lot smarter if it asked how many words have you translated so far this year.
[Edited at 2019-09-18 18:47 GMT]


No, that wouldn't be a smarter question, it would be an altogether different question.

I find the question interesting precisely because a job can have 25 words or 250,000 words.

[Edited at 2019-09-18 22:24 GMT]


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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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Don't know, don't care Sep 19

I get numerous small jobs every month from 4-6 agencies.
I bill at the end of the month. So, I can tell you how many invoices I've sent, but I have absolutely no interest in trying to figure out the number of jobs/projects.

The cats and I have plenty of kibble, and that's all that matters.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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35 Sep 19

But my jobs tend to be large. One was 38,000 words. Quite a few of them were over 10,000.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Member (2014)
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Check this, Thomas Sep 19

Thomas Pfann wrote:
No, that wouldn't be a smarter question, it would be an altogether different question.
I find the question interesting precisely because a job can have 25 words or 250,000 words.

[Edited at 2019-09-18 22:24 GMT]


I had 93 jobs so far and 917,000 words.
Olly had 101 jobs and 242,000 words.
Samuel had 650 jobs, which shows he does a lot of very small jobs and very few big ones.

If you studied statistics, you know that "jobs" as an indicator in this case is entirely meaningless. Just supposing this was for ranking purposes, I'd be one of the last ones in the list, and I doubt very much anyone has exceeded my volume in words.

Yes, I know it's not a competition. I'm just saying "how many jobs" means nothing at all.

[Edited at 2019-09-19 06:37 GMT]


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