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kimjasper  Identity Verified
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Jul 11, 2005

Do you usually provide a client list when you are submitting proposals? If so, do you usually ask for permission from your clients in order to do that? If so, when is to your experience the best moment to ask for permission? I am not thinking of agencies only, not individual companies.

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Lucinda  Identity Verified
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Dear Kim, Jul 11, 2005

Welcome to our world.

Yes, I would definitely ask permission of agencies or direct clients to use their names for references. Most of them graciously give permission and some of them even go so far as to allow potential customers to contact them for more extensive references. Thank you, you know who you are, you are the greatest!

Good luck!
I wish you lots of happy translating hours!

Lucinda
From sunny Suriname


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
Mexico
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The two best moments Jul 11, 2005

Kim Jasper wrote:
If so, when is to your experience the best moment to ask for permission?

The best moment is when your client seems to think about giving the project (which you would need, presently) away to a cheaper colleague:

"I would like to use this project as a reference project for future clients. Would you mind that?"

The second best moment is when your client sends you the final feedback from the end client who is very happy:

"Thank you for the good news! I am particularly proud of this project. Would you mind me to use it as a reference?"



P.S.: I stopped including references after half a year of freelancing. I had enough to do and I did not really feel comfortable to provide trade secrets to possible competitors..

[Edited at 2005-07-11 21:16]


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