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Write back to company who showed interest?
Thread poster: Juliana Starkman

Juliana Starkman  Identity Verified
Israel
Local time: 20:18
Spanish to English
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Mar 8, 2007

I got a good response to a quote I sent a company for a long Hebrew-English job, and sent them ( as requested) a sample translation. It's been 5 days and I haven't heard any more from them. Should I write again and ask if they are interested? Usually I wouldn't, but they seemed happy with my profile.

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Paul Merriam  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:18
Member (2008)
Russian to English
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Why not? Mar 9, 2007

Assuming that you don't have any reason to believe they're out to cheat you or you really don't like the work, I see no problem with writing back to them. You might point out that you haven't done any work on their project in the last five days and wonder what the status of this project is.

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Elena Robles Sanjuan  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:18
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It won´t do any harm Mar 9, 2007

Hi safot,

It´s a rather common situation that companies/agencies show interest in a quote you´ve sent them, but then keep silent afterwards.
The project they requested a quote for might have been cancelled or they found someone else who offered an even better quote. Or they simply can´t find the time to keep you informed on what´s going on.
But it´s not a bad idea to remind them that you´re there. Not only do you have a chance to find out if the project is still on, with you in charge, or if they don´t need your services for this particular project, but will be happy to collaborate with you in future projects.
The only condition to get this right is not to sound too desperate or annoyed at them.

Good luck!


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Textklick  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:18
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Do it Mar 9, 2007

Being hesitant/shy will never help.

Irrespective of their decision, they asked you for something and you are fully entitled to feedback.

I always found and still maintain that using the telephone is good in establishing business relationships.

That way, you are not just another "e-entity" but a real person.

So much more information can be commnunicated in the course of a just a brief telephone conversation than it can by E-mail.

Good luck
Chris


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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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I would contact them Mar 9, 2007

Sometimes the promised job falls through, and they forget to tell the translators! This happened to me recently.

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Juliana Starkman  Identity Verified
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bite the bullet Mar 9, 2007

Thanks to all for responding, and re-inforcing my suspicion that I had better pursue it a bit more. The phone idea sounds good.
It's a bit nerve-wracking, this worry about seeming unprofessional. I wouldn't want it to interfere with the possibility of work.
Thanks again!


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