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Poll: Freelancers need never retire if they don't want to.
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Freelancers need never retire if they don't want to.".

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Teresa Borges
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Agree Jan 8

Some, like me, start freelancing full-time after retiring from an in-house position…

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Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
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I don't know Jan 8

I presume death will force most freelancers to retire against their will.

Teresa Borges
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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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The question is wrongly phrased Jan 8

Most freelancers are obliged to keep on working, as they cannot afford to do otherwise. That is not the same as wanting to, or wanting to be accorded the luxury (?!) of continuing to work.

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Sooner or later... Jan 8

ProZ.com Staff wrote:
Freelancers need never retire if they don't want to.


Sooner or later your mind will start to go, and then you would have to stop, even if you don't want to. You can also develop physical ails (I mean specifically due to old age) that prevent you from continuing. And for some, these come sooner than expected.


Clement D.
Yetta J Bogarde
Paola Giardina
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Mariana Passos
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expressisverbis
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Not death only Jan 8

Lincoln Hui wrote:

I presume death will force most freelancers to retire against their will.


Or a disease.


Yetta J Bogarde
Paola Giardina
Alison Jenner
Teresa Borges
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Nilton Junior  Identity Verified
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Not sure Jan 8

I am not sure if I completely follow this poll. If your skills are still in demand and you want to work, it is a good thing there isn't an arbitrary age limit for freelance translators.

However, as others have said and money matters aside, health issues (which can come at any time during one's lifespan) may sometimes force a professional to retire against their will.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Others Jan 8

"If they don't want to", implies that they can keep on working for as long as they want to. What about if they would love to keep working but can't for, let's say, health reasons? This cuts off the "want to" portion.

[Edited at 2020-01-08 14:55 GMT]


Liena Vijupe
Kay Denney
 

Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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Are there any retired translators? Jan 8

I've never met one.

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Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Tom in London
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Not nec Jan 8

Samuel Murray wrote:

Sooner or later your mind will start to go



Not necessarily. I know many old people who are 100% mentally fit.


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Josephine Cassar
Teresa Borges
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Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
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. Jan 8

Tom in London wrote:



Not necessarily. I know many old people who are 100% mentally fit.

But do you know any dead people who are 100% mentally fit?


 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
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. Jan 8

Tom in London wrote:

Samuel Murray wrote:

Sooner or later your mind will start to go



Not necessarily. I know many old people who are 100% mentally fit.

And I know plenty who are not. We just need to suppose that Samuel didn't mean literally all translators will lose their minds at some point, but that losing your mind is a thing that can happen.


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Jean Dimitriadis  Identity Verified
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It depends Jan 8

You can "retire" (become financially independent as in not "have" to work anymore) and never retire (stay active: freelancing, freewheeling or whatever floats your boat), if you don't want to.

It is also about redefining what work and retirement means to you, on a personal level.

[Edited at 2020-01-08 20:19 GMT]


Teresa Borges
Delphine El Khassawneh
Christine Andersen
Daryo
MollyRose
 

DZiW
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Only slaves must work to death Jan 8

If a person has been working hard for 5-10 years but still has not enough savings to retire nor Plan B/C/D, then he is but a slave--or any cute euphemism.

It's ok, when an elderly person really wants--not must!--to work a little more. No problem.
However, in developing countries rather many people die before the retirement age (60-70), so it's not a problem either. Little wonder some freelancers pretend to be fond of working, whereas some governments try to increase the requir
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If a person has been working hard for 5-10 years but still has not enough savings to retire nor Plan B/C/D, then he is but a slave--or any cute euphemism.

It's ok, when an elderly person really wants--not must!--to work a little more. No problem.
However, in developing countries rather many people die before the retirement age (60-70), so it's not a problem either. Little wonder some freelancers pretend to be fond of working, whereas some governments try to increase the requirements for eligible pensioners. What a win-win!
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Tom in London
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Age Jan 8

Kay Denney wrote:

.... losing your mind is a thing that can happen.


Yes- at any age.


Teresa Borges
Daryo
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