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Poll: When you are available for new projects, do you ever remind your (current) clients about it?
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xxxEmmanuelleAn  Identity Verified
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Availability Mar 29, 2006

I tend to do it if nobody has called me for a job for more than a week. It's usually worth it! Even if I am very busy with work I never forget to call clients I have not heard of for a long time (6 months).

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Sandra C.
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sometimes Mar 29, 2006

especially after a vacation, for example. Just to remind the clients that I'm back and ready to work!
Or if I had to turn down a job because I was too busy with another project: I let the client know that I am now free to take on one of their own projects...


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John Walsh  Identity Verified
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I should Mar 29, 2006

but I enjoy the breather.

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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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No Mar 29, 2006

This is something about our ethics and self-esteem, I suppose.

If a client wants they will drop you an email. If they don't it means:

1) they don't have a proper project for you right now;

2) they found someone who's better, so why bother them?

In both cases I see no reasons to disturb them. When you time comes, they will find you, that's all.


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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I use the availability button Mar 29, 2006

I take it as a (precious little enough) time I can spend making contact with new clients.



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ADSTRAD  Identity Verified
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useful sometimes Mar 29, 2006

when you work on a big project and keep turning down faithful customers, it's sometimes a good thing to let them know they can rely on your services again

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xxxEmmanuelleAn  Identity Verified
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ADSTRAD wrote:

when you work on a big project and keep turning down faithful customers, it's sometimes a good thing to let them know they can rely on your services again


I fully agree with you. And it's always worth reminding them you are alive. It does not affect my self esteem. That' s how business works!


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Rosa Maria Duenas Rios  Identity Verified
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Kirill Semenov wrote:
If a client wants they will drop you an email. If they don't it means:

1) they don't have a proper project for you right now;

2) they found someone who's better, so why bother them?

In both cases I see no reasons to disturb them. When you time comes, they will find you, that's all.


I once called a client of whom I had not heard in a while. I was quite surprised when he said something along the lines of "I am so happy you called. Telepathy must exist. I had been trying to contact you, but could not find your e-mail address because my computer crashed, and I have so many things going on at the same time that I have not had time to look up your phone number, bla, bla bla".
He immediately sent me a large project.

I do not think it hurts to call inactive clients from time to time.

P.S. To me, "from time to time" is the key word.

[Edited at 2006-03-29 17:20]


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I tidy up and enjoy the breather! Mar 29, 2006

One of my favourite clients has an intranet and asks me to report my status there, but otherwise if I get a quiet period I tidy up my desk, make out invoices ... tidy up my TMs, maybe go for a walk or ring the family... and by the time I've done that I'm usually in business again!

It doesn't happen every month!



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Ma. Fernanda Blesa  Identity Verified
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same here Mar 29, 2006

Christine Andersen wrote:
if I get a quiet period I tidy up my desk, make out invoices ... tidy up my TMs, maybe go for a walk or ring the family... and by the time I've done that I'm usually in business again!

It doesn't happen every month!



yes, that's what I do too. I've worked too many weekends to worry about contacting my clients to get more work when I get a few days off... I just make sure I enjoy them and get ready for what's coming after the breather

oh! and I GO SHOPPING!!!!

[Edited at 2006-03-29 16:35]


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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`Once...' is the key word Mar 29, 2006

Rosa Maria Duenas Rios wrote:
I once called a client of whom I had not heard in a while. I was quite surprised when he said something along the lines of "I am so happy you called....


Yes, I believe it might happen once or twice, still if you have a regular client and they don't contact you during a year it's a sure sign they'd found someone better. There is nothing to be ahsmed of or be frustrated of, however, - most probably, during the year you've found two or three regular clients more. So this isn't a problem!


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Wenke Geddert  Identity Verified
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Back from hols... Mar 29, 2006

I usually send them a note to let them know that I am back from holidays.

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gad
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Of course Mar 29, 2006

And I often get a response with an offer for a new translation job.

I believe that someone from an agency, at a translation conference I attended some time ago, once suggested this to me, so I do this as a general practice.


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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usual practice Mar 29, 2006

gad wrote:

I believe that someone from an agency, at a translation conference I attended some time ago, once suggested this to me, so I do this as a general practice.
Yes, this is a general practice, at least here in France. And often useful.


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