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Should I put the fact that I have E&O insurance (professional liability insurance) on my website?
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conejo  Identity Verified
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Oct 7, 2004

Hello. I have just gotten this insurance, but I was wondering if I should or should not put it on my website and/or ProZ profile page. A good thing about putting it on there would be to assure clients that I am covered. However, it's possible that it could work in the opposite way: clients might think that I am unsure of my abilities and thus need insurance??? (which is not the case--it is mostly for peace of mind.) Any advice? Thanks.

[Edited at 2004-10-07 15:54]


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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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I agree compelety! Oct 7, 2004

Tayfun Torunoglu wrote:

I might be interpreted in both way.
I saw even some outsourcers requiring such an insurance from their translators. But on the other hand that insurance only provide coverage for you against your possible errors and ommisions etc delivered to them.
Unless it is asked need not advertise you had a insurance policy but when they ask such things you may give details.


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shfranke  Identity Verified
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Agree with others' good responses Oct 7, 2004

Greetings.

May I agree with others' good responses.

If the firm asks if you carry E&O insurance, it's fine to respond positvely and you might also ask what has been that firm's experience such that that type of question is included during your initial discussion to develop a business relationship.

FWIW, that question of E&O coverage has more relevance and utility than flailing around with questions about one's "certification" or "registration" by authiorities outside the location of the requester, as those questions can be spurious vis-a-vis your proven business model and your portfolio of satisfied customers that are available as referrals.

HTH.

Regards,

Stephen H. Franke
(English Arabic,
Kurdish, and Farsi)
San Pedro, California


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Bianca Adriaensen  Identity Verified
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I wouldn't Oct 7, 2004

conejo wrote:

Hello. I have just gotten this insurance, but I was wondering if I should or should not put it on my website and/or ProZ profile page.
[Edited at 2004-10-07 15:54]


IMHO and experience: Mentioning this kind of insurance is definitely asking for problems. Clients might want to know your insurance number "just in case" and in the long run create such a "case", or even shun your services like the plague....


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conejo  Identity Verified
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Thanks, all. Oct 7, 2004

When I was sending out resumes I did run into one agency that sent me back a letter, saying that they require E&O insurance for all translators. That seemed strange at the time.

I'm glad everyone seems to agree. I won't put it on there. Thanks, everybody.


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