Need advice about the ProZ membership, is it worth It ?
Thread poster: Benjamin Chabbert

Benjamin Chabbert
France
Local time: 13:25
English to French
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Feb 18

Hello everyone,

I recently decided to quit my job as an Export Director and to create my own company specialized in Translation, Export and Graphic Design. I still have clients concerning the export, which is nice, but I can't manage to find work concerning the translation EN-FR.

I wanted to have your opinion on the ProZ membership, because with the free version It seems I can't attract any client, or obtain any project. Is the paying version that great ? Would people t
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Hello everyone,

I recently decided to quit my job as an Export Director and to create my own company specialized in Translation, Export and Graphic Design. I still have clients concerning the export, which is nice, but I can't manage to find work concerning the translation EN-FR.

I wanted to have your opinion on the ProZ membership, because with the free version It seems I can't attract any client, or obtain any project. Is the paying version that great ? Would people trust me even if it would be my first project on this website ?

I really thank you for your time, and I wish you all a successful day,


Mr Chabbert
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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 12:25
Member (2007)
English
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You need a shop window - and ProZ.com is by far the biggest translation-specific portal Feb 18

Benjamin Chabbert wrote:
I wanted to have your opinion on the ProZ membership, because with the free version It seems I can't attract any client, or obtain any project. Is the paying version that great ?

It isn't impossible to land jobs here as a registered user. You can't quote for some at all, but others, the ones that ask for email replies, are often open to you after 12 hours. As a paying member, you'd be able to quote on anything immediately. However, it has to be said that the majority of the better jobs are communicated directly to those freelancers found in filtered searches of the directory. For those, everything depends on your directory position first and foremost, as most people will only look at the first 2-3 pages. After that, it depends on how encouraged the client is by your profile.

Would people trust me even if it would be my first project on this website ?

I would say that your current profile and CV are not going to do you justice, so you really need to think about improving them. I definitely advise you to register for the free "Meeting Clients" webinar that the site holds regularly, and check out the site's Wiki on CVs for freelancers (Disclosure: I wrote it ). Of course, an investment in membership will in itself be seen by clients as a sign of a "serious" professional. And if you do decide to buy membership, perhaps the Plus category would be the way to go. Your profile doesn't mention CAT tools so perhaps the basket of free goodies, including access to training videos, would be useful.


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English to Russian
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https://www.proz.com/professional-membership#pricing Feb 18

Welcome Benjamin.

If you search the forum, you will find many similar questions with answers to consider: obviously, for some it worked, for others--didn't. Mostly you will be at the end of paying members list and somewhere in the mid of Best and Worst case scenarios--unless you are a businessman.


However, if you can diversify the incomes
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Welcome Benjamin.

If you search the forum, you will find many similar questions with answers to consider: obviously, for some it worked, for others--didn't. Mostly you will be at the end of paying members list and somewhere in the mid of Best and Worst case scenarios--unless you are a businessman.


However, if you can diversify the incomes, niches, and places [ProZ is just one of places] then what could a $120/$180 equivalent mean for very your personal branding / biz?

You decide
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ATIL KAYHAN  Identity Verified
Turkey
Local time: 14:25
Member (2007)
Turkish to English
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Advantage Feb 18

As the folks above mentioned, if you are a paying member, you would be much higher in the list when clients make a search at ProZ. Also, a simple Google search would bring your name up as a translator whereas a nonpaying member would not be included in the Google results at all. These might give you an advantage over nonpaying members. Would it worth the high cost of membership, I do not know. In the past, ProZ had a ten-year membership plan at a much reduced rate but they gave it up for som... See more
As the folks above mentioned, if you are a paying member, you would be much higher in the list when clients make a search at ProZ. Also, a simple Google search would bring your name up as a translator whereas a nonpaying member would not be included in the Google results at all. These might give you an advantage over nonpaying members. Would it worth the high cost of membership, I do not know. In the past, ProZ had a ten-year membership plan at a much reduced rate but they gave it up for some reason. I was a ten-year member at that time. Now they only run yearly membership plans. Good luck.Collapse


 

Benjamin Chabbert
France
Local time: 13:25
English to French
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Many thanks Feb 18

First of all, I want to thank you all for the time you spent answering me with those real arguments and advices.

I shall start by working on a better CV and profile, and I think I will try to land a first project as a free member before moving onto a membership. Even if It is only 110$ per year.
I used SDL Trados and Smart CAT for about a year, and need to invest on buying it fir another year.

Have a nice day,

Mr Chabbert


 


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