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Thread poster: Cendrine Marrouat

Cendrine Marrouat
Canada
Local time: 22:27
English to French
Oct 30, 2008

Hello everyone,

I looked around in the forums, and I hope I am posting in the right area.

I would like to broaden my scope as a Translator and offer my services to more direct clients. I am thinking of publishing houses or websites, for example.

Have you ever had experience in that area? If so, would you mind sharing here? I welcome any tip!

Thanks a lot!

Have a great day!

Cendrine


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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 05:27
Member (2002)
German to English
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Direct clients are usually local businesses Oct 30, 2008

Hi Cendrine,

If you are looking for direct clients, you will need to look in the locality where you live. Perhaps you could make yourself known locally a little bit more, by getting involved in the local community in any type of way. I have a fair number of direct clients - however, they do not all need a translation very often. Nevertheless, my name gets passed round among local businesses, which is the very best way to obtain new direct clients.

I also observe that many of the agencies for whom I work invariably have a lot of local clients.

As for publishers, remember that they do not pay very much.

Astrid


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Sara Senft  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:27
Spanish to English
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How I've gotten direct clients Oct 30, 2008

I've worked for several direct clients. One way is to target people/offices/etc in your specialty area that would benefit from a translator. For example, I specialize in immigration law. I've secured some direct clients (and a few assignments!) by contacting immigration lawyers. I described my services and offered my assistance.

Good luck!

--Srta Sara

Cendrine Marrouat wrote:

Hello everyone,

I looked around in the forums, and I hope I am posting in the right area.

I would like to broaden my scope as a Translator and offer my services to more direct clients. I am thinking of publishing houses or websites, for example.

Have you ever had experience in that area? If so, would you mind sharing here? I welcome any tip!

Thanks a lot!

Have a great day!

Cendrine



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Cendrine Marrouat
Canada
Local time: 22:27
English to French
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Thank you! Oct 30, 2008

Thank you very much! All the responses help!

As far as the CV/Résumé is concerned, would you present it differently? I mean, does it have to state all the assignments I worked on as well as the companies in details?


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