How to provide references when all my other clients are competitors of this one?
Thread poster: Tom in London

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:11
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Nov 24, 2009

Frequently, when filling in forms to register with new agencies, they ask for references from people I've translated for.

I can't provide that information because (a) the people I've translated for are other agencies who I'm sure would prefer me not to disclose them to their competitors (b) because I regard all the translating work I do as strictly confidential and I would not be happy about revealing the names of the people I've been working for.

How can I get around this problem?


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Sushan Harshe
India
Local time: 21:41
English to Hindi
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Confusion with terms confidentiality and competitor! Nov 25, 2009

Hi Tom,

A] In each and every business field everyone is a competitor for all others.
B] You are not disclosing the work you have done for someone; you are just mentioning them for confirmation from potential client/s. In any sense this not breach of any kindly of confidentiality, unless otherwise “non-discloser of client name” is specified in contract agreement with that specific client or suggested in writing.


Regards,

Sudarshan


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 18:11
Member (2007)
German to French
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Fellow translators Nov 25, 2009

Hi Tom,

Didn't you ever perform jobs for fellow translators who run their business as a tiny agency or who just outsource very occasionally? I'm sure these people wouldn't mind being quoted as a reference and another plus: if you are in good terms with them, they would surely give you a very positive reference.


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Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:11
Member (2008)
Italian to English
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Good idea Nov 25, 2009

Sophie Dzhygir wrote:

Hi Tom,

Didn't you ever perform jobs for fellow translators who run their business as a tiny agency or who just outsource very occasionally? I'm sure these people wouldn't mind being quoted as a reference and another plus: if you are in good terms with them, they would surely give you a very positive reference.


Good idea Sophie.....although in the nicest possible way, my fellow translators are also my competitors....


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