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Poll Discussion Poll: How much of your income are you able to put into savings? 0% A year or two ago I would have said 10%, but in
2018 it's down to zero. I no longer save anything.
R-i-c-h-a-r-d May 17, 2018
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you consider the country you are currently living as your home? Yes I've been living in Brazil on a permanent basis
for sixteen years now, and my wife and children
all live here with me, so I definitely consider
Brazil my home. However, there will always b
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Apr 17, 2018
Poll Discussion Poll: Have you ever gotten bored while working on a project? Of course The subject material is not written by me, but my
someone else, and therefore I have no control over
the content other than it being in my chosen
language pair and within my area of expert
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Mar 18, 2018
Poll Discussion Poll: How often do you stand up from your desk while working? Subliminal message :D Are staff insinuating that were out of
shape? I have to agree to an extent, as it's
mostly a sedentary profession.
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Mar 15, 2018
Poll Discussion Poll: Has a client ever sent you a message or file which was not intended for you? Oh yes... "Dear Frau Jenkins" is a particular favourite of
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Mar 7, 2018
Poll Discussion Poll: Have you ever been rude to a client or agency? I never go out to be rude, but it has happened I was rude to a customer a while back who refused
to change my Brazilian bank details to my UK bank
account, or PayPal, due to the "amount of work
involved", when I clearly explained that
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Feb 28, 2018
Poll Discussion Poll: Is it possible for a freelance translator to work efficiently without a dedicated work space? My perspective I need a place where I can close the door, when I
need to close the door, so I have a dedicated
bedroom (office) where I can exclusively do that,
but the concept of grabbing a backpack and
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jan 16, 2018
Poll Discussion Poll: At what age do you plan to retire? No idea... I'm 50, and all I can tell you right now is I have
no specific plans for retirement. Retirement is
a mind-set, and if you're working in a job right
now which you hate just so you don't
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jan 6, 2018
Poll Discussion Poll: Have you done a translation of a language you can't speak with an automatic translator? Thank God for that! I can't begin to imagine why someone would use a
translation tool to translate a language they
don't even understand, and then submit it for
professional payment? Thank God nearly every
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Nov 29, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you think people who work at home tend to pay less attention to personal hygiene than others? Interesting... The concept that because we sit at home all day,
we stink? I haven't cut my hair in ten years or
taken a shower in six months? Bizarre, and quite
funny. I bought deodorant once, many mo
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Oct 18, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: Have you ever received a complaint about the quality of your work from a client? Naturally, people complain. If you've never had a complaint then you must be
wearing a golden shroud or something. It's
uncommon, but it happens to all of us. My pet
peeve is late or delayed payments. Customers
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Oct 12, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: For how many years have you been freelancing? 10+ I did my first freelance job in 2003, and went
full-time in 2006. It's been a struggle of ups
and downs ever since.
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Oct 10, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: In my second language, my accent is For others to decide I live in the north of Brazil, and people often
comment on my accent and ask where I'm from.
There's something about the way I look and speak
that attracts attention, but that's also becau
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Oct 2, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: What is a translator's best friend? A dog? Yes, I have two dogs and both of them are great,
but a dog :) ? A supportive network of family
and friends is your best ally IMO. You can have
the best projects and the best deadlines,
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Sep 23, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: How often have you come to an agreement with a client who then never sent you work? Hoop Jumping I hoop jump from time-to-time. My particular
specialty is signing NDAs, doing 'short' test
translations, and receiving welcome
packs/information from marketing managers, which
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Sep 6, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: How would you rate your people skills with clients? Moderate to fair... ...a bit like the weather. That's the reason I
work on my own, in my own little world, because
I'm not that great with crowds.

[Edited at
2017-08-22 15:39 GMT]
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Aug 22, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: Is translation/interpreting a gateway to another career for you? No Just echoing the collective "no" above me. R-i-c-h-a-r-d Aug 11, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: How often do you take breaks when working? I've never thought about it. When I'm on a run doing solid and fluent work, I
make a point of not taking a physical break, but
force myself to stay put. Any sort of physical
interruption, whether it's leaving my desk,
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jul 31, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: What is the worst part about being a freelance translator? The financial aspect Echoing what a few people are saying here - I
really dislike the financial aspect of being a
freelance translator, and the need to chase
customers for payments, not receiving responses
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jul 29, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: Should a client send rejection notices to everyone who isn't chosen for a project? It depends I recently got an email telling me that I would
not be contacted if I was not chosen for the job
in hand, but I was still required to provide my
details, a quote on deadline and price, a c
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jul 25, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: Which running event would be your preferred choice at the "Translation Olympics"? Fast turnaround, Proz... I posted this at least five years ago, perhaps
around the London 2012 Olympics? Glad to see
Proz not taking their polls too seriously - it's
just a silly bit of fun. Take care, folks.
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jul 23, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: Have you ever attached the wrong file when delivering a translation? Yes I did it once several years ago, and the PM
responded with "is this is a joke?", which was
quite disconcerting. Why would anyone do that on
purpose - send the wrong file? When I was
R-i-c-h-a-r-d May 23, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: Is it important to clients that a translator live in a country where the target language is spoken? It's important to live here or there... PT-EN translator here. I was born and brought
up in England where I lived until I was 34 years
old. I have been living in Brazil on a permanent
basis for the last 15 years and haven't l
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Mar 17, 2017
Poll Discussion Poll: If your income became 0, for how long would you be able to maintain your current lifestyle? A scary and unnecessary thread / post topic I think this is a very inappropriate thread and
shouldn't have been posted here at all. This
sort of thing could happen to any of us at any
time - lose a job, fall into bad health, or b
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Dec 17, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: Are you the only person who uses your main work computer? Yes, absolutely I'm probably repeating previous posts, but I
established a long time ago that the only person
who touches my computer is me. It's a
functional tool for work and for other important
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Dec 6, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: What has been your longest period of "famine"? It happens from time to time... At first it's a relief that you've got some time
off to do your own thing, but that can quickly
turn to boredom and depression if there's no work
for a week or more. One thing I've lear
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Nov 25, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you think translators tend to be introverts? Yes... ... I definitely am. People say I don't come
across that way, but I've never worked as an
interpreter for example, to my detriment, because
I don't feel comfortable that way.
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Nov 2, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you have a social network account that connects you with other translators? Not really... I have a Facebook account, but I rarely use it. I
appreciate that you've just bought some new garden
furniture, or have improved your park run by a
couple of seconds, but as you can see...
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Sep 28, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: What do you do to keep your back healthy during intense periods of work? Nothing, I do nothing. It's an interesting topic because my family has a
history of back problems. My father had to quit
playing golf, and my brother has an adapted car
for work, but I have no back problems what
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Sep 19, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: What is the most important lesson that you have learned as a translator? Psychologically speaking... ...the most important thing I've learned as a
translator is that status remains in the mind.
It's got nothing to do with anyone besides
yourself. I don't translate for a living for fame
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jul 25, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you think it is wise for translators to accept machine translation post-editing projects? No I don't. Is there anything else I should say? R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jul 1, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you think that reviewers should be asked to sign a professional code of ethics? No I take being offered revision work as a
compliment. A compliment of my skills, by the
agency, that I'm competent enough to review the
work of another professional. Why would I need to
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Apr 28, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you usually suffer from migraines as a result of your work? Yes I first noticed this twenty years ago when I was
working in IT, equally spending most of the day in
front of a screen. It's a bad/necessary habit I'm
afraid, and I find it really hard to b
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Apr 26, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: A Project Manager is a man who thinks that 9 women will deliver his baby in 1 month. Do you agree? No sexism Reading through this thread, I don't see anything
remotely sexist in it. To simplify the OP's
question; the day-before-yesterday I received an
email from a distant customer stating they
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Feb 28, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: I am... Agreed [quote]Mario Chavez wrote: [quote]R-i-c-h-a-r-d
wrote: I'm far too introverted to be an
interpreter. You have to be full of your own
gusto, and unfortunately I'm not.
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Feb 25, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: I am... Translator I'm far too introverted to be an interpreter. You
have to be full of your own gusto, and
unfortunately I'm not.
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Feb 25, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: Generally speaking, do you think that we translators are intellectuals? Not necessarily A translator isn't necessarily an intellectual,
but has to deal with the output of many
'intellectuals' on a frequent basis, so perhaps a
third-party intellectual, if such a thing exists?
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jan 5, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: Have you ever had to give a silly excuse for an unexpected late delivery? No And that's not just a smart personal marketing
statement. No, because I never have to. It's one
of the basic rules of being a freelance translator
- get the job delivered on time, or you s
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jan 2, 2016
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you find time to exercise? Not exercise as such... I take the dog out for a walk in the evenings...
he deserves it, good lad. And sometimes I do a bit
of rowing on the machine in the public

[Edited at 2015-10-25 16:30 GMT]
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Oct 25, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: Have you ever worked past midnight on a project? Yes I've always been a late starter so working into
the evenings is normal for me when I've got a
heavy workload, but I have a psychological 11 PM
drop off point, and working beyond that seems
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Oct 3, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you keep the availability calendar in your profile updated? I used to... I used to all the time - get a few days work and
update my Proz calender in RED, or get a really
long project and pleasurably mark myself as "busy"
RED. Until I realised there's no point,
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Sep 28, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: What aspect of being a freelance translator do you find hardest to deal with? Social drought [quote]Mario Chavez wrote: ...but I also need
to get out, see people, say hi to the building
manager or strike a conversation with the cashier
at the vinyl record store. [/quote]
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Sep 21, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: What aspect of being a freelance translator do you find hardest to deal with? Unpredictability of income It's the one thing that's seriously changed my
life, but I'm not prepared do anything about it
and get a 'regular' job because I'm too stuck in
my ways and I like going to bed/getting up
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Sep 21, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: If you use a CAT tool, do you think it has increased your income? Moving on with the times I immediately asked myself whether translators who
were working in the industry 30 years ago, and who
didn't have access to CAT technology, made less
money than the translators of today?
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Aug 25, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you think it's an advantage to live in your target language country? I see a further point, re neilmac and Ty Kendall's comments. Thanks. Of course, I hadn't noted that many people
translate into a 'foreign' language, which I do
not. I only translate into English (my native
language), but I guess, if I translated INTO
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jul 28, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you think it's an advantage to live in your target language country? No, definitely not. I have been living in Brazil since 2002 (since I
was 35) and I am nowhere near as fluent in
Portuguese as I am in my native language English.
Although I am highly competent in Portuguese,
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Jul 28, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: How much time have you spent in a country of your main source language(s)? 13, unlucky for some I've been living in Brazil since 2002, so that's
13 years for me.
R-i-c-h-a-r-d May 24, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: Has working as a translator affected your interest in reading for pleasure? Yes, to an extent. It's a good question and one that's been on my
mind for a while because I thought it was
something strange about me, not anyone else, since
everyone else seems to enjoy reading books in
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Apr 25, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you take measures to reduce the amount of work-related stress you feel? To some extent I get much more stressed when I go through periods
with NO work. That's really stressful. Otherwise,
I learn to disconnect and do something that is
non-translation related like watching a
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Apr 1, 2015
Poll Discussion Poll: Do you apply a surcharge for late payments? No I think that's far too severe. However, if a
customer continuously pays late then that, to me,
is blatant disregard for me as a service provider,
especially if that customer requires on
R-i-c-h-a-r-d Mar 13, 2015

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