Request to participate in a survey on analysis of overheads
Thread poster: icymicy
icymicy
Germany
Feb 26, 2015

Dear community,

I would like to publish a survey in this group focused on professional translators.
Many translators, especially freelancers have to deal with different areas besides the actual translation process, such as accounting, customer relationship management, marketing etc.

The purpose of this survey is to define and analyse these processes and hopefully to generate useful results for the industry.

The survey consists of 12 short questions, 11 multiple choice and 1 open-ended question. The response should take max. 3 minutes.

I would be very grateful, if you would take that time to answer the survey.

The link to the survey is:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1m9NT4O5FCVUo0bG4LCxCwjQvFWIzAhPdNbYGtMuPQA4/viewform?usp=send_form

The collected data will be handled confidentially and is only for the research purposes of IE University in Spain.

Thank you!


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Susana E. Cano Méndez  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 20:47
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Done Feb 28, 2015

Done, good luck

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Done! Feb 28, 2015

Good luck. When you have your results, would you mind sharing an overview here?

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Simone Catania  Identity Verified
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Done! Mar 1, 2015

Good luck with your research!

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icymicy
Germany
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Merci Mar 2, 2015

Thanks everyone

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Tushar Deep  Identity Verified

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Done! Mar 7, 2015

Thanks!

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Jacques DP  Identity Verified
Switzerland
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English to French
Interested in your results as well Mar 7, 2015

If, instead of ignoring Tomas' request, you confirm that you will share with us an overview of your results, even if it's 2 years from now, by posting in this same thread, I'm sure many people will be happy to take your survey and subscribe to this thread in order to be warned when the time comes.

On the other hand, if you won't bother, I'm not sure why we should...


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Rolf Keller
Germany
Local time: 20:47
English to German
Results? Hm ... Mar 7, 2015

In the very first question a checkbox for "Less than 1 job" is missing. Additionally the "1 - 5 jobs" intervall is far to wide, while the higher intervalls are too narrow. Such intervalls must not be linearly graded, but progessively: There is a huge difference between 1 and 5 jobs while the difference between 20 and 25 jobs is relatively small.

Additionally, a question like "How much time do you spend per month on translating" is missing. What about part-time working? What about lack of jobs?

If I have 10 jobs, shall I click "5 - 10 jobs" or "10 - 15 jobs"? Is "4 hours" less than "half a day"?

As "up to 30% obviously includes "up to 90%", the wording is strange for people who are good at languages.

etc., etc. ...

Of course, any answers on any questions may be converted into pretty-looking pie charts, but will these charts be sound? I'm just remembering the previous survey with its "More than 100%" figures ...


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Jacques DP  Identity Verified
Switzerland
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English to French
Agree Mar 8, 2015

I have to agree with these scientific remarks, and add something more obvious: many elements of overheads have not been considered in the questionnaire, like chasing payment, disruption of urgent jobs/interactions, and other which I have included in the comments but can't remember at the moment. For the record I had posted my previous message before to take the test. I was just interested in the topic. All this is immaterial because OP doesn't read our comments.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Who's counting? Mar 10, 2015

Rolf Keller wrote:

Additionally, a question like "How much time do you spend per month on translating" is missing. What about part-time working? What about lack of jobs?



To me, such as "How much time do you spend per month..." are a pain in the neck to respond to. My usual answer would tend to be equally vague and open, along the lines of "as much as humanly possible"...

PS: In fact, what am I even doing here? I should be working right now...

[Edited at 2015-03-10 11:50 GMT]


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Richard Foulkes  Identity Verified
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Done Mar 10, 2015

Good luck with the research.

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