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How much time do you spend on administrative tasks (e.g. invoicing, recording project details)?
A couple of hours per month 47.0%
A couple of hours per week 28.5%
I don't know 11.9%
Other 6.8%
A couple of hours per day 4.3%
None, someone else manages this for me 1.5%
470 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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In general, what is your response time when clients contact you?
By anonymous - featured on 08:10
Less than an hour 47.3%
I get back to them instantly 25.7%
1 - 3 hours 19.0%
I don't know 3.3%
3 - 8 hours 2.1%
12- 24 hours 1.6%
More than 24 hours 0.6%
8 - 12 hours 0.4%
670 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do any of your clients provide tech support for their translators?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 20
Yes 46.3%
No 34.2%
I don't know 19.5%
737 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you made changes to the way you serve your clients in the past few years?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 19
No 57.0%
Yes (please share) 26.6%
No, but I have some changes in mind 10.9%
Other 5.5%
745 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Who is the main income-earner in your household?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 18
I am 39.3%
Someone other than me 30.5%
I am the only income-earner 30.2%
882 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Is it possible for a freelance translator to work efficiently without a dedicated work space?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 17
No 35.3%
Yes 32.3%
It probably depends on other factors (please share) 21.6%
I don't know 10.8%
965 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Has source text quality worsened since you started translating?
By Gianni Pastore - featured on Jan 16
No, it's about the same 56.6%
Yes 19.4%
I don't know 17.7%
No, it's actually getting better 6.3%
891 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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In general, how does your income compare with the average in your country of residence?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 15
Above average 28.6%
About average 25.3%
Below average 14.4%
Well above average 14.0%
Not sure 8.9%
Well below average 7.2%
Other 1.5%
727 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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If you lost your two top clients suddenly, would it be difficult to recover economically?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 14
Yes 57.7%
I don't know 21.7%
No 20.6%
700 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever translated from (or into) a language you do not master?
By Paola Giardina - featured on Jan 13
No 59.8%
Yes 22.3%
Yes, but not for a paying client 17.9%
878 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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If you were offered a well-paid position in-house, would you drop freelancing?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 12
No 43.5%
Not sure 33.6%
Yes 22.9%
1066 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How many languages are spoken in your household?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 11
2 38.0%
0 - 1 36.5%
3 16.5%
4 6.1%
5 2.0%
8 or more 0.5%
7 0.3%
6 0.1%
969 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you make feedback entries on the Blue Board?
By Ramona Ali - featured on Jan 10
Yes, occasionally 53.9%
No 22.8%
Yes, regularly 9.3%
Only when I have negative feedback 4.1%
Other 4.0%
Only when I have positive feedback 3.5%
What is the Blue Board? 2.4%
874 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever underestimated the work involved in a project and quoted too low?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 9
Yes, but not often 73.6%
Yes, frequently 10.6%
No 9.3%
I don't know 6.6%
927 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you often miss out on jobs because of your (native) language variant?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 8
No 51.4%
Only sometimes 20.5%
I don't know 15.4%
Yes 8.9%
Other 3.9%
689 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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At what age do you plan to retire?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 7
I'll decide when I get there 40.1%
I don't plan to retire 27.5%
66-70 7.8%
61-65 7.4%
over 70 7.0%
56-60 4.3%
55 or younger 3.4%
Other 2.4%
739 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you have any professional New Year's resolutions?
By Gianluca Marras - featured on Jan 6
No 69.3%
Yes (please share) 30.7%
713 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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In general, do new clients contact you first, or do you contact them?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 5
They contact me 57.9%
It's about half and half 29.0%
I contact them 13.1%
908 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How many languages do you speak, read or understand OTHER THAN your working languages?
By Christine Andersen - featured on Jan 4
1 26.9%
2 26.9%
3-4 19.6%
none 17.5%
4-5 3.6%
More than 5 3.4%
Other 2.2%
957 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you have less work towards the end of the year?
By anonymous - featured on Jan 3
Yes 32.1%
No, I have more work 28.8%
No, there is no change 22.9%
I'm not sure 10.4%
Other 5.9%
879 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you apply different rates depending on the client, or a standard rate for all?
By Carla Lopes - featured on Jan 2
I apply different rates for different clients 57.3%
My rates vary depending on the work, not the client 26.4%
I have a standard rate for all clients 11.3%
Other 5.1%
693 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (11)] [View this poll]

What do you do when you find errors in a translation after delivering it?
By Konbaz - featured on Jan 1
I inform the outsourcer/client 46.4%
It depends (please share) 37.2%
I do nothing 8.3%
It's never happened to me 4.5%
Other 3.5%
575 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever lost a client over biting off more than you can chew?
By Alan Corbo, CT - featured on Dec 31, 2017
No 62.3%
I don't know 19.9%
Yes (please share) 15.3%
Other 2.5%
628 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Is your work environment healthy and comfortable?
By Paola Giardina - featured on Dec 30, 2017
Yes, I think so 60.0%
Somewhat 30.9%
Not really 8.1%
Other 0.9%
763 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What's the best hardware upgrade you've ever made?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 29, 2017
Faster hardware 36.9%
Larger monitor/multiple monitors 32.9%
Other (please share) 15.2%
Higher capacity hard drives 9.8%
Keyboard 5.3%
666 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Has your being a freelancer been a source of stress within your family?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 28, 2017
Only occasionally 32.8%
No 28.7%
Yes 16.1%
Quite the opposite, actually 13.3%
I don't know 5.6%
Other 3.5%
836 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Are freelance translators also entrepreneurs?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 27, 2017
Yes 52.6%
Not necessarily 28.8%
Yes, but I don't like the word 14.0%
No 4.6%
743 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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You win a million dollars. Would you continue freelancing?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 26, 2017
I would, but I would change the way I work 38.8%
Yes 33.7%
Not sure 14.5%
No 13.0%
668 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever found errors in a translation after delivering it?
By Konbaz - featured on Dec 25, 2017
Yes 92.9%
No 7.1%
622 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you typically have to explain your work when people ask what you do?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 24, 2017
Yes 50.5%
No 33.4%
I avoid having to go into detail by... (please share) 11.3%
Other 4.8%
604 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (17)] [View this poll]

What is the one thing you wish your current clients could improve?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 23, 2017
Their payment terms 31.0%
The volume of work they send 30.3%
Other 9.0%
Their level of organization 8.8%
I wouldn't change anything at all 8.6%
Their screening for new translators 5.1%
Their quality assurance process 4.2%
Their communication skills 3.0%
690 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Are you capable of working on two or more projects at the same time?
By Paola Giardina - featured on Dec 22, 2017
Yes 57.4%
It depends on the projects 37.1%
No 3.9%
I don't know 1.6%
956 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (13)] [View this poll]

Have any of your clients gone out of business over the past year?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 21, 2017
No 43.1%
I don't know 42.1%
Yes 14.8%
831 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (9)] [View this poll]

How often do you usually buy new dictionaries or reference material?
By Michael Powers (PhD) - featured on Dec 20, 2017
Never 41.5%
Every 3 to 5 years 15.9%
Every 1 to 2 years 13.6%
Every 6 to 10 years 8.9%
All the time 7.8%
Every 6 months to a year 7.8%
Every 11 to 20 years 4.5%
807 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What % of your freelance income goes to your rent or mortgage (home/office space)?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 19, 2017
0-25% 37.1%
I don't have to worry about that expense 26.5%
26-35% 12.6%
I don't know 9.9%
36-50% 6.2%
50-65% 4.3%
65%-100% 3.4%
841 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How have your rates changed over the last 3 years?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 18, 2017
In general, they are about the same 52.6%
In general, they are up 36.3%
I haven't been working that long 5.8%
In general, they are down 4.0%
I haven't been keeping track 1.2%
721 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you pick up new words for your translations from the media (TV, radio, cinema, etc.)?
By Natalia Pedrosa - featured on Dec 17, 2017
Yes 44.1%
I don't know 18.6%
Actually, I usually pick new words up from my translations first 16.7%
No 14.8%
Other 5.8%
603 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (11)] [View this poll]

Formal or friendly: which do you most use with new clients?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 16, 2017
Somewhere in between 52.2%
Formal 34.3%
Friendly 12.5%
I don't know 1.0%
829 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do your clients send you cards and/or presents during the holidays?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 15, 2017
Yes, some of them 44.0%
No, never 36.8%
No, but they have in the past 14.1%
Other 4.4%
Yes, all of them 0.7%
823 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Are you sending cards and/or presents to your clients for the holidays?
By Nina Khmielnitzky - featured on Dec 14, 2017
No 58.8%
Yes, but only to some 12.9%
No, but I have in the past 12.7%
Yes 6.1%
I hadn't thought about it 6.0%
Other 3.4%
879 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you plan on working or being available during the Christmas and year-end holidays?
By Marlene Blanshay - featured on Dec 13, 2017
Yes 43.7%
No 24.0%
Only for some clients 20.0%
Not sure yet 9.5%
Other 2.8%
989 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (16)] [View this poll]

Do you keep record of all the projects you've worked on?
By Carla Lopes - featured on Dec 12, 2017
Yes 67.6%
No 12.0%
Only for a certain amount of time 9.2%
Only the most important ones 5.0%
Other 3.5%
Only for certain clients 2.7%
1000 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What is the sound environment like in your workspace?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 11, 2017
Generally quiet 42.1%
Filled with selected music or other sounds 16.6%
It varies from day to day 12.4%
Totally silent 12.0%
A bit noisy, but all right 10.9%
Irritatingly noisy 2.4%
Other 2.1%
Filled with pleasant sounds 1.4%
764 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Would you prefer to spend more, or less, time translating than you currently do?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 10, 2017
More 38.0%
I'm happy with the way things are 34.3%
Less 20.6%
I don't know 7.2%
656 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (11)] [View this poll]

Do you accept test translations?
By Robert Daraban - featured on Dec 9, 2017
Yes 49.7%
It depends on... (please share) 29.5%
I used to, but not anymore 13.3%
No 5.6%
I've never been asked to do one 1.9%
904 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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When learning something new for work, in general I prefer:
By anonymous - featured on Dec 8, 2017
To self-teach 42.6%
Online courses 23.2%
In-person training 19.3%
Other 8.4%
One-on-one teaching 6.4%
809 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (9)] [View this poll]

What has been the longest period when you had little or no work?
By Little Woods - featured on Dec 7, 2017
1 - 2 weeks 22.3%
2 weeks - a month 18.8%
Less than a week 15.0%
More than 3 months 11.7%
1 - 2 months 10.7%
2 - 3 months 8.5%
I don't remember 7.9%
I've always had regular work from the start 5.0%
937 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (17)] [View this poll]

Would you accommodate a client who asks you to insert errors into your work?
By Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons) - featured on Dec 6, 2017
It depends 49.0%
No 44.2%
Yes 6.8%
907 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (28)] [View this poll]

In your experience, which of these is most time-consuming?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 5, 2017
Research 27.5%
Invoicing/bookkeeping 20.8%
Marketing 13.5%
Negotiating with new clients 11.2%
Hardware and software upkeep/problem solving 10.8%
Other 8.4%
Communicating with PMs on projects 7.9%
914 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (11)] [View this poll]

Who do you prefer working for?
By Patricia García - featured on Dec 4, 2017
Translation/Interpreting agencies 32.7%
Private clients 32.0%
I have no preference 26.7%
Other (please share) 4.2%
Other freelance translators/interpreters 2.6%
Public administration 1.8%
765 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (12)] [View this poll]

Should a freelancer observe their local holidays?
By anonymous - featured on Dec 3, 2017
It depends on their clients 30.7%
Yes 23.7%
Sometimes 18.7%
Other 13.8%
No 13.1%
696 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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