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Poll: How likely would you work with a demanding and annoying client again?
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Aug 3, 2006

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How likely would you work with a demanding and annonying client again?".

This poll was originally submitted by Hikmat Gumilar

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[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2006-10-21 01:59]


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Michał Szcześniewski  Identity Verified
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demanding? Aug 3, 2006

Hi,

I don't quite get the idea of what 'demanding' means here. Demanding quality? Demanding attention?

I guess each client is demanding as it expects quality and punctual delivery:)

I answered as if it read: "How likely would you work with an annonying client again?"


[Edited at 2006-08-03 15:53]


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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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No, thank you! Aug 3, 2006

I voted Unlikely, although I would have voted NEVER for one of the two adjectives.

I can handle demanding clients (although I prefer lovely ones ), but if I ever meet an annoying client... I will do my best never to meet him/her again.

Au


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Agnieszka Zmuda  Identity Verified
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Same as Aurora Aug 3, 2006

I can only echo everything Aurora has said.
Agnieszka


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Rosa Maria Duenas Rios  Identity Verified
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Demanding, yes. Annoying, no Aug 3, 2006

We would first have to define the terms.

I do not mind demanding clients (who demand punctuality, precision, quality, perfection).

I cannot stand annoying clients (who call too often, are never satisfied, always want more for less, complain about everything, etc.).


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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Exactly! (and a confession) Aug 3, 2006

Rosa Maria Duenas Rios wrote:

We would first have to define the terms.



I looked up for the word 'demanding' to see if there was a nuance I might be missing. I found the translations: 'exigente' (which is ok, if the client isn't... I am!), but I also found 'difícil' (thought of our 'jodido' in Spanish, somebody help me to translate into English to make myself clear! ). So I understood demanding as 'unbearably picky.' If I can choose, I prefer to live without those clients.

Au


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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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one of many options... Aug 3, 2006

Aurora Humarán wrote:
(thought of our 'jodido' in Spanish, somebody help me to translate into English to make myself clear! ).


a pain in the royal butt




[Edited at 2006-08-03 16:25]


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Nicole Wulf  Identity Verified
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I help them finding another translator... Aug 3, 2006

If demanding means annoying, my answer is NEVER.

What I usually do is giving them the addresses of other translation agencies to make sure they leave me alone!

But don't be afraid, dear colleagues: I only give them the addresses of translation agencies that I know are unprofessional or have unpleasant owners!!


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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
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$$$ Aug 3, 2006

I voted for "Other" because for me it depends on the price. I can put up with annoying if they are paying well.

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xxxBrandis
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go with Derek Aug 3, 2006

I chose "Other" Best Brandis

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Agnieszka Hayward
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with Derek and Brandis Aug 3, 2006

If there's really good money in it, I would.
Well, depending how annoying/demanding the client is vs how well he/she pays


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Stephen Rifkind  Identity Verified
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Demanding can be healthy Aug 3, 2006

I have to admit to having mixed feelings about demanding. On the one hand, their insistance on details, important and unimportant, can add significant time to any project. On the other hand, demanding clients have helped me raise my own standards and gotten me many clients. If you can please the demanding client, they often recommend you. Their praise is well earned and very valuable. As for annoying, it all depends in which way.

Stephen Rifkind


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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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My choice exactly Aug 3, 2006

tygru wrote:

...depending how annoying/demanding the client is vs how well he/she pays


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Victor Potapov
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Really surprised... Aug 3, 2006

... that there is no option in the poll that would read "Never".

Because many previous posters (myself included) would vote just that.

And as for Derek's comment re: paying well...

Usually clients who are demanding, annoying, unreasonable, unhappy etc. - usually these people tend to find/invent some "problems or issues" and delay payment, or make a partial payment - or indeed no payment at all!

So I would never again (based on my prior experience) work for unreasonable & annoying clients - even if they promise me a lot of money. Even if they pay in advance (and they never do - not even a partial prepayment. This is a very good indicator of future "issues" with payment).

Good luck - and lots of good, reasonable and promply paying clients to us all!


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Andres & Leticia Enjuto  Identity Verified
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Agree with Victor Aug 3, 2006

Victor Potapov wrote:

Usually clients who are demanding, annoying, unreasonable, unhappy etc. - usually these people tend to find/invent some "problems or issues" and delay payment, or make a partial payment - or indeed no payment at all!



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