Feast or famine

Feast or famine

I’m sure all freelance translators have days like this. As fast as you deliver the work more keeps rolling into your inbox. Ping! Ping! Ping!

It’s so hard to say no. Sometimes it’s impossible. How an earth you going to get all this work done by these deadlines? Particularly when it all has to be one hundred per cent letter perfect. Stop stressing! Of course you’ll get it done. You always do and you will this time, too. You’ll do whatever it takes. You’ll take power naps, you’ll stay up working until eleven o’clock at night and get up and start again at six-thirty but you will get it done.

This stress is part and parcel of the life of a freelance translator and however much your friends and family nag you to set yourself an eight-hour-a-day limit, you just can’t. On the upside there are some awesome advantages to this lifestyle. Within the above restrictions, you set your own schedule… it’s the ultimate flexitime job. If you’re a monster in the morning, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to deal with any co-workers. In fact you don’t have to deal with anybody you don’t like. Full stop. Or get dressed or comb your hair if you don’t feel like it.

If you feel ill, you don’t have to work. You might not get paid any money, but at least you don’t have to grovel to anybody or prove you are ill by showing someone a doctor’s note.

You can do your shopping when there are no queues in the supermarket and there are masses of places to park. Even better, you don’t have to catch the bus or train or sit in traffic jams to get to work, which adds a couple of hours to the day.

Yes, freelancing is a great option… until you find yourself stressed out again with multiple converging deadlines or no when emails drop into your inbox for a couple of days. When that happens just remember, you always wanted to be your own boss and the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence…

Juliet Allaway

Written by editor