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What do you dislike most about being a freelance translator?
Irregular workload/income 34.7%
Some or all of the above 20.8%
There's nothing I don't like 9.3%
Administrative tasks 7.7%
Loneliness 6.7%
No clear line between private and work life 5.7%
Marketing my services 5.4%
Other - N/A 4.2%
Negotiating rates 3.6%
Unsocial working hours 2.0%
841 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you taken business or accounting courses to help improve in those areas?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 14
No 62.9%
Yes 18.8%
No, but I've thought about it 15.2%
Other - N/A 3.2%
757 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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On average, how much time do you spend investigating new clients before starting work with them?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 13
A few minutes to half an hour 59.7%
No more than an hour 17.1%
I don't really investigate them beforehand 9.6%
An hour or two 6.4%
Other - N/A 3.8%
Up to several hours 1.9%
It can take me days 1.4%
782 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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I read most of my email from:
By anonymous - featured on Nov 12
My work computer 69.5%
My phone 27.7%
Other 1.8%
A tablet 0.9%
660 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How often do you outsource work to other translators?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 11
Never 58.5%
Maybe once a year 16.4%
Other - N/A 7.3%
Regularly 6.7%
Every few months 5.6%
Once every six months or so 5.5%
550 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Other types of freelancers keep a portfolio of their best work. Do you?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 10
No 67.1%
More or less 19.4%
Yes 11.5%
Other - N/A 2.0%
742 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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For projects that last longer than a day or two, do you send your client regular updates?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 9
Only if the client has requested them 54.3%
No 33.6%
It depends on... (please share) 5.7%
Yes 5.0%
Other - N/A 1.4%
783 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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For how many of your clients were you the first freelancer they had worked with?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 8
I don't know 75.3%
1 - 3 13.2%
Other - N/A 4.7%
4 - 6 2.9%
More than 10 2.6%
7 - 10 1.2%
726 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Has a client ever complained to you about another freelance translator?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 7
No 54.3%
Yes, once or twice 35.1%
Yes, many times 8.3%
Other - N/A 2.2%
757 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How long do you wait to ask for feedback from clients?
By Shinhwa Shim - featured on Nov 6
I don't usually ask for feedback 62.8%
When I "feel" the client trusts me 14.0%
I usually ask at the end of every project 10.0%
It depends on... (please share) 5.7%
Other - N/A 4.0%
After 10 or so projects 2.2%
More than a year 1.3%
742 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What's the biggest threat to the future of the profession?
By Alan Corbo, CT - featured on Nov 5
Increased MT quality 39.6%
Unskilled translators 28.7%
I've never thought about it 13.8%
Merging of small LSPs into bigger companies 10.6%
Other (please share) 7.3%
565 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you ever had to use a debt collection agency to ensure payment?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 4
No 72.3%
No, but I have used the threat of using one 12.9%
Yes 7.0%
No, but I have used the services of a lawyer 4.9%
Other - N/A 2.8%
528 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Are there new additions to any of your languages you cannot stand?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 3
I don't know of any new additions 33.9%
No, I don't mind them 25.7%
Yes! (please share) 19.9%
Other - N/A 12.2%
No, I actually like them 8.2%
498 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Until how late in the year do you generally work?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 2
Up till the very end of the year 62.8%
Until late December 21.5%
Until more or less mid-December 9.5%
Other (please share) 5.9%
Until more or less the end of November 0.1%
Until more or less mid-November 0.1%
Around the start of November 0.0%
I usually stop earlier than November 0.0%
744 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Have you already met your ideal client?
By anonymous - featured on Nov 1
Yes, and they are a current client 36.3%
Not yet 25.7%
Yes, more than one 15.1%
I don't know who my ideal client would be 11.9%
Yes, but they are not currently a client 6.4%
Other - N/A 4.7%
783 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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In general, how would you rate your clients' payment management?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 31
Good 42.4%
It varies too much from client to client 23.2%
Fair 17.7%
Excellent 12.6%
Poor 2.4%
I don't know 1.7%
841 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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What is the highest number of jobs you've had going at the same time?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 30
3 21.8%
I don't remember 18.7%
4 16.9%
2 14.2%
5 10.6%
Ten or more 6.0%
6 4.4%
Just one 3.7%
7 2.2%
8 0.9%
9 0.4%
893 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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I have received jobs or client contact through Facebook:
By anonymous - featured on Oct 29
False 54.1%
I'm not even on Facebook 23.7%
True 14.8%
False, but I know other people who have 7.4%
663 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Are you planning to adjust your rates in 2019?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 28
I am planning to keep them as they are 30.2%
For some clients yes, for others no 23.8%
Yes, I will probably be raising them 22.8%
I am not sure yet 19.3%
Other - N/A 3.2%
Yes, I will probably be lowering them 0.7%
592 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you sometimes find your second (or third) language more expressive than your native language?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 27
Yes 61.7%
No 21.9%
Never thought about it 12.9%
Other - N/A 3.5%
745 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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In general, how would you rate your clients' project management skills?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 26
Good 41.3%
It varies too widely from client to client 27.6%
Fair 12.4%
Excellent 10.9%
I don't know 5.0%
Poor 2.8%
753 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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When was the last time you corrected someone's grammar or spelling online?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 25
I don't remember 30.0%
In the last week 24.2%
Never 18.6%
Today 13.0%
Some time in the past year 12.2%
It's been over a year 2.0%
760 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you proofread the emails you send?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 24
Yes, always 68.3%
Yes, but only emails to clients 11.6%
It depends on... (please share) 11.6%
No 6.3%
Other - N/A 2.1%
859 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Who is responsible for setting the fees and terms of service of a project?
By Shai Navé - featured on Oct 23
Both parties together 65.7%
The freelance translator/interpreter 16.7%
The agency/client 13.1%
Other 4.5%
808 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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When an agency asks for "your best rate", how do you respond?
By Oleg Prots - featured on Oct 22
With my usual rate 71.8%
I don't respond 8.2%
With my highest rate 7.8%
It depends on... (please share) 5.5%
With a quote below my usual rate 5.1%
Other - N/A 1.7%
708 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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How often do you tackle fields in which you have no or hardly any experience?
By Barbara Carrara - featured on Oct 21
Occasionally 44.4%
Hardly ever 35.2%
Never 9.0%
Very often 7.6%
All the time 2.3%
Other - N/A 1.5%
602 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you think most translation will be done completely by artificial intelligence in coming years?
By Seyit Ali Dastan - featured on Oct 20
No 64.9%
I don't know 16.7%
Yes 16.2%
Other 2.2%
833 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (10)] [View this poll]

In your opinion, do agencies or direct clients based in your country generally offer good rates?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 19
No 47.0%
Just average 29.5%
I don't know 10.0%
Yes 9.7%
Other - N/A 3.8%
838 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (17)] [View this poll]

How long have you been in the translation/interpreting industry?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 18
11 to 20 years 36.7%
6 to 10 years 22.0%
21 to 30 years 14.5%
3 to 5 years 12.5%
> 30 years 6.8%
1 to 2 years 3.7%
< 1 year 2.8%
Other - N/A 1.0%
977 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you work with two (or more) monitors?
By Rita Utt - featured on Oct 17
No, and I'd prefer not to 38.7%
Yes 23.7%
No, but I would like to 20.4%
Sometimes 14.6%
Other 2.7%
926 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (23)] [View this poll]

How often do you turn your computer off?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 16
At the end of the day 50.7%
Whenever I'm not using it 22.0%
Every once in a while 13.2%
Almost never/never 12.4%
Other 1.8%
882 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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With operating system and software updates, I:
By anonymous - featured on Oct 15
Install them at a time of my choosing/on a schedule 32.6%
Allow them to install automatically as soon as they come 22.9%
Take it on a case-by-case basis 21.3%
Usually wait some time after the update arrives, then install 8.9%
Put them off for as long as is humanly possible 7.5%
Other (please share) 3.8%
Do not allow them 3.1%
586 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Which do you think happens more often in the world of translation: fame or infamy?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 14
I don't know 36.8%
I don't understand the question 26.0%
Infamy 25.6%
Fame 11.6%
519 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you think that outsourcers are gender-biased when assigning technical translations?
By Nicole Schnell - featured on Oct 13
I don't know 48.2%
No 39.0%
Yes 9.5%
Other - N/A 2.0%
It depends on... (please share) 1.3%
705 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (16)] [View this poll]

Do you think there is gender discrimination when it comes to receiving money from clients?
By Natalia Pedrosa - featured on Oct 12
No 56.3%
I don't know 33.0%
Yes 5.1%
It depends 4.1%
Other 1.5%
801 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (17)] [View this poll]

Did you pick translating or did translating pick you?
By Ryan Saxon Montcalm - featured on Oct 11
I picked translating 38.6%
A little of both 36.0%
Translating picked me 22.0%
Other - N/A 3.3%
867 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (6)] [View this poll]

Do you tend to get less done when you work outdoors?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 10
I never work outdoors 49.6%
Yes 22.8%
No 12.0%
I don't know 8.1%
I'm actually more productive 6.2%
Other - N/A 1.4%
791 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (8)] [View this poll]

Have you ever used the services of a professional financial advisor?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 9
No 56.4%
Yes, and it was worth it 19.9%
No, but I've thought about it 14.9%
Yes, and it wasn't worth it 5.5%
Other - N/A 3.3%
779 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (8)] [View this poll]

Have automatic operating system or software upgrades ever kept you from working?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 8
Yes, once or twice 35.6%
Yes, several times 24.5%
No, I keep those under control 21.9%
No, I've been lucky 12.0%
Other 5.0%
Yes, all the time 1.0%
576 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
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Do you use Google Translate at some point in your work?
By Konbaz - featured on Oct 7
No 56.7%
Yes 43.3%
616 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (15)] [View this poll]

Which of the following do you consider yourself?
By Ricki Farn - featured on Oct 6
A translator who specializes in a subject 42.0%
A generalist translator 37.6%
A subject matter expert who translates 13.2%
Other (please share) 7.1%
771 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (10)] [View this poll]

Is having a personal website worth the cost?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 5
I don't know 50.1%
Yes 25.5%
No 21.4%
Other - N/A 3.1%
781 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (9)] [View this poll]

Do you sometimes find yourself swearing or cursing while working?
By Henrik Pipoyan - featured on Oct 4
Yes, out loud 50.4%
No 25.5%
Yes, but only in my mind 21.4%
Other - N/A 2.7%
805 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (14)] [View this poll]

Do you avoid checking your email while you are translating?
By Silvia Vallejo - featured on Oct 3
No 55.9%
I try to, but... 18.2%
I depends on the translation 14.4%
Yes 9.1%
Other - N/A 2.4%
869 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (13)] [View this poll]

Is translation is a mostly acquired or mostly innate skill?
By Patricia Charnet - featured on Oct 2
It's 50-50 42.6%
Mostly acquired 36.9%
Mostly innate 10.8%
I don't know 7.6%
Other - N/A 2.0%
812 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (9)] [View this poll]

Do you think freelancers tend to be more frugal than non-freelancers?
By anonymous - featured on Oct 1
You have not voted on this poll.
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If you could change your field of expertise magically right now, would you?
By anonymous - featured on Sep 30
No, I'm happy with my area of expertise 68.0%
I don't really have a defined field of exp 17.1%
Yes, to... (please share) 9.5%
Other - N/A 5.4%
560 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (6)] [View this poll]

Do you think clients tend to take their freelancers for granted?
By anonymous - featured on Sep 29
Yes 45.8%
I don't know 34.1%
No 14.4%
Other - N/A 5.7%
672 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (9)] [View this poll]

Should there be a standard minimum rate for freelance translators?
By anonymous - featured on Sep 28
Yes 55.9%
No 20.4%
Maybe 14.0%
I don't know 9.8%
830 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (13)] [View this poll]

Do you have more opportunities to travel than non-freelancers you know?
By anonymous - featured on Sep 27
Yes 40.5%
Not really 27.3%
No 16.1%
I don't know / I'm not interested in travel 12.1%
Other - N/A 4.0%
795 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (11)] [View this poll]

Were you raised in a household that used more than one language?
By anonymous - featured on Sep 26
No 66.9%
Yes 23.6%
Partially 7.5%
Other - N/A 2.0%
916 vote(s). You have voted on this poll.
[Discuss in forum (11)] [View this poll]

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