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Poll: Financially, for me, the first half of 2020 was:
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 12:40
Medlem (2007)
Engelska till Portugisiska
+ ...
Good Jul 9

All in all, but with the usual ups and downs:

January: good
February; excellent
March: so, so
April: good
May: terrible
June: excellent


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Tyskland
Local time: 13:40
Medlem (2006)
Tyska till Engelska
Not so good Jul 9

As with Teresa:

January: good
February; good
March: excellent
April: 90% less
May: 90% less
June: excellent

And April and May are usually amongst my best months.

I am hoping that things will stay a little normal from now.


 

Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brasilien
Local time: 09:40
Portugisiska till Engelska
+ ...
Very bad Jul 9

Very bad, the worst period ever in history. I did get a couple of jobs but nowhere near what I need to pay bills.

Ian Keith Jones Williams
Nora Escoms
Villő Ujvári
Sona Ozorakova
Marina Taffetani
 

Ian Keith Jones Williams  Identity Verified
Spanien
Local time: 13:40
Medlem
Tyska till Engelska
+ ...
Down to around a third Jul 9

I am down to around a third of what I normally earn. I thought things had been picking up again recently but this week has been really slow again. I presume it must be due to lack of confidence among German manufacturers.

Hanaa Naser
 

Luiz Barucke  Identity Verified
Brasilien
Local time: 09:40
Medlem (2013)
Spanska till Portugisiska
+ ...
No income change Jul 9

During the first half of 2020, I kept the same average income in USD compared to 2019 as a whole, which is excellent.

I didn't notice any changes in work volume, but I definitively noticed changes in the characteristics of the work.

Almost the half of the content I worked on was directly or indirectly related to COVID (health guidance, clinical trials, procedure changes, new protocols, corporate communications/updates related, interruption/reactivation of airlines, hote
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During the first half of 2020, I kept the same average income in USD compared to 2019 as a whole, which is excellent.

I didn't notice any changes in work volume, but I definitively noticed changes in the characteristics of the work.

Almost the half of the content I worked on was directly or indirectly related to COVID (health guidance, clinical trials, procedure changes, new protocols, corporate communications/updates related, interruption/reactivation of airlines, hotels, etc.).

And the TAT is also tighter now than it was before - everything seems urgent.

But luckily I didn't suffered from a lower workload or income rate at all. Actually, considering that my local currency had the worst performance against the USD during the last months, this was the best semester of my professional history in local currency income.

[Editada em 2020-07-09 12:36 GMT]
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Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
USA
Local time: 08:40
Spanska till Engelska
+ ...
Excellent Jul 9

Because I was paid in full for three book translations during the first three months of 2020.

 

Anastasia Kingsley Kinkusic  Identity Verified
USA
Medlem (2011)
Engelska
+ ...


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Similar to Barbara Jul 9

I did ok thanks to end of the year jobs that carried me through March and early April. An extensive military contract, it was actually the most money I’d made so far in my entire career. Yes, a little nerve wracking in May, but I had money in the bank, took online courses and kept busy. I have been using my bike but it was time to face the inevitable and went car shopping (via taxi, since no buses) in late May 😁 which turned out to be a great decision. At this point, I’d have to say I’m... See more
I did ok thanks to end of the year jobs that carried me through March and early April. An extensive military contract, it was actually the most money I’d made so far in my entire career. Yes, a little nerve wracking in May, but I had money in the bank, took online courses and kept busy. I have been using my bike but it was time to face the inevitable and went car shopping (via taxi, since no buses) in late May 😁 which turned out to be a great decision. At this point, I’d have to say I’m pretty much back to normal. 🥰👌🙋‍♀️ 🚗Collapse


Barbara Cochran, MFA
 

Aline Amorim  Identity Verified
Brasilien
Local time: 09:40
Medlem (2019)
Engelska till Portugisiska
+ ...
Good Jul 9

During the first half of 2020, I kept the same average income in USD and I took the opportunity to participate in several webinars and I learned Diversify achieve sustainability as a translator.

 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
Storbritannien
Local time: 12:40
Medlem (2012)
Franska till Engelska
Not sure Jul 9

I haven't analysed it yet, but there was a point when I was getting no work. Things have improved a bit over the last couple of months, but that is a fairly typical pattern for me. It's always unpredictable.

 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spanien
Local time: 13:40
Medlem
Engelska till Franska
Decent Jul 9

So far so good.
I expected a much higher impact on my activity. In the end, figures show that this period wasn't that bad on my wallet, around 10% lower than an average semester.
I think I've had a few more idle moments, which I offset by taking on more than my reasonable daily feed at other times (only from my vetted agency clients).

Anastasia Kingsley Kinkusic wrote:
...went car shopping...

It must THE perfect time to buy cars. Sadly, my 250,000km Subaru, who's been coping with me since km0, just won't melt a rod or break a gear.

Philippe


 

Florian Wollenschein  Identity Verified
Tyskland
Local time: 13:40
Medlem (2013)
Engelska till Tyska
+ ...
Decent Jul 9

In total, the first 6 months were okay, but April and June were terrible.

January: Excellent
February: Good
March: Good
April: Terrible (70% less than last year)
May: Excellent
June: Terrible (70% less than last year)

And July did not start very well...

I hope it will still get better this year.


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brasilien
Local time: 09:40
Medlem (2014)
Engelska till Portugisiska
+ ...
Decent Jul 10

January and February were weak as usual.
From March to June, things got back into the track.
Only July was slower and worth than last year (so not the first half).
The reflexes of the COVID are being felt only now, in my case, and they will likely affect the finances only in August.
However, it's still the 10th, so there is still hope that things will improve enough for me to recover and not close August in overdraft.

[Edited at 2020-07-10 12:52 GMT]


 

Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brasilien
Local time: 09:40
Portugisiska till Engelska
+ ...
Very bad Jul 11

The first half of the year was very bad. I did get a few jobs, but nowhere near what I need to pay the bills. Brazil has been in a very bad crisis for at least five years and Covid has made things worse.
Even in the crisis, everything is so expensive here and prices are soaring, especially housing.


 

Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
Hong Kong
Local time: 20:40
Medlem
Kinesiska till Engelska
+ ...
Enough Jul 11

Paul Dixon wrote:

The first half of the year was very bad. I did get a few jobs, but nowhere near what I need to pay the bills. Brazil has been in a very bad crisis for at least five years and Covid has made things worse.
Even in the crisis, everything is so expensive here and prices are soaring, especially housing.

We can all recite your posts by heart now, you do not need to post the exact same thing twice in the same bloody thread.


Mario Freitas
 
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