Welcome to the next post in the Great Productivity Project series, part of the Looking-Glass Translations productivity programme! Contact me today if you’d like to be featured in the series.

This week, I speak to Andrew Morris of Morristraduction and Standing Out! Let’s go!


1. How did you enter the industry and what do you remember most about your first year in business?

For me it was a mid-life career move, after 20 years working in the field of education as a teacher and trainer. My first year seems in retrospect to have been marked by a few lucky breaks which turned into long-term client relationships, but with enough gaps at the beginning to unsettle me!


2. Are you a morning lark or a night owl?

Mostly both, but it’s true I do wake early and get started quickly.


3. On average, how many hours do you work a week?

About 50.


4. Do you stick to a set routine or do you prefer to go with the flow?

Definitely a set routine, starting around 7.45 a.m. and not usually finishing till 7pm.


5. As freelancers, we are very lucky in that we have a lot more flexibility than other workers. How do you take advantage of this?

I take advantage above all in terms of the work I choose to take on or not. And occasionally taking a naughty afternoon off to go and do something completely different!


6. What does work-life balance mean to you? Do you think it’s important?

To me it means simply following your instincts and staying tuned to what you really want to be doing. There are periods in life when you’re more productive (in your 40s and 50s, for example) when you might want to have a 75% work 25% rest balance. That changes. The thing is to keep monitoring and constantly shifting in tune with what your body tells you.


7. What’s the biggest productivity challenge you’ve faced running your own business?

Adding an active Facebook page (Standing Out) to my portfolio suddenly made huge demands on my energy and time.


8. How did you overcome it / what are you doing to make things better?

Well until now I’ve just found more time, but there’s a price to pay for that. It’s been one I’ve been happy to pay throughout this first year. I may review that and decide to pursue a different direction as time goes on.


9. What’s the one productivity tip or tool you couldn’t live without?

FreeAgent software for quotes and invoices, which enables me to answer client queries wherever I am.


10. If you could go back in time, what’s the one thing you’d tell yourself when you were just starting out?

Reach out to the people around you: it’s people, not books, that give you the greatest help.


JUST FOR FUN: Finally, we often only see each other professionally and I’d love to peek behind the business – can you name a hobby of yours that might surprise us? What do you do in your downtime?

Every evening my partner and I improvise music. She sings and I play piano. It’s always fun but not always recordable!


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  • Andrew Morris

  • Morristraduction / Standing Out

Andrew was born in a small British town at the back of beyond and spent the rest of his life exploring the world. Language has been a constant thread, as a learner, teacher, trainer, journalist and now translator and even writer. And who knows what next? He certainly doesn’t!









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