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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 Proz.com 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.
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
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, |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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| 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.
| 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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