Poll: Do you sometimes feel you need more training in the business side of freelancing?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No Jan 3

I must be doing something right as my business has been around for a long while (since 1985 in Belgium and from 2017 in Portugal). I’m very organized, I’m hardworking, I’m a good time manager (I'm known to deliver often ahead of time), I communicate effectively with my clients, I have a flexible attitude and I’m very easy to deal with, I’m detail-oriented and I like solving problems. On the other side, I lack sales and marketing skills but I’m not actively looking for more clients an... See more
I must be doing something right as my business has been around for a long while (since 1985 in Belgium and from 2017 in Portugal). I’m very organized, I’m hardworking, I’m a good time manager (I'm known to deliver often ahead of time), I communicate effectively with my clients, I have a flexible attitude and I’m very easy to deal with, I’m detail-oriented and I like solving problems. On the other side, I lack sales and marketing skills but I’m not actively looking for more clients and my bookkeeping/accounting skills are minimum, that’s why I have an excellent accountant.

Happy New Year to you all with lots and lots of translations!
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Muriel Vasconcellos
Paul van Zijll
Liena Vijupe
Angie Garbarino
Franco Rigoni
Philip Lees
 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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No Jan 3

I don't really understand what the "business side" of freelancing would be. I have as much work as I can do responsibly.

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Teresa Borges
Rachel Fell
 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Of course not Jan 3

How hard can it be?!

Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Yetta Jensen Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 16:31
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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No Jan 3

Teresa Borges wrote:

I must be doing something right as my business has been around for a long while (since 1985 in Belgium and from 2017 in Portugal). I’m very organized, I’m hardworking, I’m a good time manager (I'm known to deliver often ahead of time), I communicate effectively with my clients, I have a flexible attitude and I’m very easy to deal with, I’m detail-oriented and I like solving problems. On the other side, I lack sales and marketing skills but I’m not actively looking for more clients and my bookkeeping/accounting skills are minimum, that’s why I have an excellent accountant.

Happy New Year to you all with lots and lots of translations!


And extremely modest


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Jennifer White
Muriel Vasconcellos
Sumaiya Nishat
 

Yetta Jensen Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 16:31
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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No Jan 3

Happy New Year 2020 to All!

Elizabeth Tamblin
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 15:31
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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@Yetta Jan 3

I’m sorry if I’ve given the wrong impression. Anyway, I'm allowed to be immodest once in a while, right? In any case, the idea was just to show that over the years I've managed to improve some skills but not others…

Kay-Viktor Stegemann
Kevin Fulton
Edward Potter
Yetta Jensen Bogarde
Angie Garbarino
Muriel Vasconcellos
Vera Schoen
 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:31
Member (2012)
French to English
No Jan 3

There is plenty of information freely available.

Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:31
Member (2018)
French to English
. Jan 3

Yes, I do sometimes feel I need more training in the business side of freelancing, however I seem to be muddling through pretty well, keeping up to date with tax declarations and billing.

I felt especially bad in December when I realised that I had let one client get horribly behind with payments. It was partly my fault in that I hadn't billed at the end of each month as usual. However, it was mostly the client's fault for setting up a new system whereby I had to include their PO n
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Yes, I do sometimes feel I need more training in the business side of freelancing, however I seem to be muddling through pretty well, keeping up to date with tax declarations and billing.

I felt especially bad in December when I realised that I had let one client get horribly behind with payments. It was partly my fault in that I hadn't billed at the end of each month as usual. However, it was mostly the client's fault for setting up a new system whereby I had to include their PO number on the bill, then failed to issue the PO for weeks after the job was done and dusted.

All in all I'm doing much better than I thought I would, it's probably time to retire the imposter syndrome!
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Sumaiya Nishat  Identity Verified
India
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Arabic to English
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Where? Jan 4

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

There is plenty of information freely available.


Where? On internet?


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 11:31
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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No Jan 4

Before I became a translator, I graduated in accounting and I worked as a business manager for 20 years. This is basic for me.

Jorge Payan
 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:31
Member (2012)
French to English
Yes Jan 4

Sumaiya Nishat wrote:

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

There is plenty of information freely available.


Where? On internet?


There are guides to all aspects of setting up as a freelancer on the internet.


 

Nikolay Novitskiy  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 19:31
Member (2018)
English to Russian
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No Mar 24

Translations is my fourth business activity.

First time I went bankrupt and ended with debts. Second time I ended with tiny profits and lots of unsold goods in my flat. Third time I got decent profits, sold the business, and it's still profitable now. Now it's the fourth time, and I'm quite experienced and happy.


 


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