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How many jobs do you get directly through ProZ?
Thread poster: FlyHi

FlyHi
France
Local time: 09:27
English to Spanish
+ ...
Feb 24, 2011

Hello.

Before joining ProZ, I was told most jobs are awarded directly by outsourcers who look for freelancers in the directory, and only a small percentage of jobs are actually awarded through the bidding process.

What percentage of your ProZ-related jobs do you get through outsourcers who contact you directly?


 

Laura Bissio CT  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 04:27
Member (2008)
English to Spanish
+ ...
many Feb 24, 2011

It's hard to say how many... but quite a lot.

 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:27
Member
German to English
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All of them! Feb 24, 2011

I've never got a job through the ProZ bidding process, but I bid on very few jobs. But virtually all of my customers originally contacted me through Proz.

 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:27
English to German
+ ...
All of them. Feb 24, 2011

Outsourcers who don't have regular vendors for the most common language pairs on this planet on file or can not manage to search for their best match on this portal are doing something wrong.

"Job" offers are only interesting if an outsourcer is looking for particular and unique skills, unrelated to any "urgent" job.


 

Andrea Jarmuschewski  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:27
Member (2007)
French to German
+ ...
Nearly all of them Feb 24, 2011

Most of my costumers have contacted me directly through my profile, and though I don't often respond to job offers (haven't in a long time now), I got a few customers this way too.

 

Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:27
Member (2010)
Spanish to English
Just about all of them Feb 24, 2011

I've landed a couple of jobs by bidding for them but the vast majority have been through directory searches.

I have been registered on Proz for many years but it wasn't until I became a member a year or so ago that I started getting contacted for jobs. I would also recommend that you fill in your profile. When outsourcers reach your profile, you must convince them that you are the person for the job.

Worth bearing in mind...


 

Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
Member (2004)
Italian to German
+ ...
Many years ago Feb 24, 2011

when I even was not a member yet, I have responded twice to job offers and got them both, at a fair price. But times were different then...

Since then, I have refrained from bidding. But I have got a very big job once directly. That's all.

And I have got several jobs from colleagues. Probably they judge me to be reliable because of my KudoZ history all over these years. Powwows are also very important.

[Bearbeitet am 2011-02-24 20:32 GMT]


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 09:27
Member (2003)
Danish to English
+ ...
Through contacts Feb 24, 2011

Many of my clients find me in the directories on Proz. One or two have found me in the local phone book, but that was for one small job two or three times.

One major client was my former employer, and a handful have found me by word of mouth locally.

Colleagues I have met at powwows (Proz.com again) have sent me jobs, either when they did not have time themselves, or because they prefer to translate 'the other way' - i.e. Danes sent me jobs to translate into English.

A few have found me on the Institute of Linguists' site, but not nearly as many as this site.

I do not bid for many jobs, and I think I have actually landed one that way in nearly seven years.

Clients tend to come and go, perhaps because many of them probably do not have a lot in my languages. However, some specialise, and I have certainly found some long-term clients here too.


 

Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 09:27
English to Czech
+ ...
Very few of them Feb 24, 2011

This is for various reasons:
1) I'm kept busy by clients I had started working for long before I joined ProZ, so I have to decline many job offers;
2) Many job offers for my language pairs come at rates that are lower than I can accept;
...and so on.

But I enjoy many other benefits from being a ProZ member, such as following the latest developments in our industry, learning from other members (and geez, I've learned a lot from them over time!), enjoying technical support etc. These benefits currently totally outweigh the importance of receiving jobs over ProZ.


 

Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:27
Italian to English
All of them! Feb 24, 2011

Either via the directory or from colleagues who have got to "know" me through KudoZ, Powwows, conferences or moderating.

 

Claire Cox
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:27
French to English
+ ...
About half Feb 25, 2011

Based on my statistics for 2009/2010, just over half of my income was down to agencies who had originally contacted me via ProZ. The rest are direct clients/agencies I've been working with for years, well before I registered with ProZ, or people who've come to me via word-of-mouth recommendations.

 

Birgit Niederhafner  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:27
English to German
Hallo from Germany Feb 25, 2011

I am quite new to Proz and this discussion is also interesting to me.
I would like to know if you are mostly contacted by agencies on Proz or if there is a chance that direct clients also get in touch with you?


 

Laurent KRAULAND (X)  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:27
French to German
+ ...
Double post Feb 25, 2011

Please disregard and delete.

[Edited at 2011-02-25 09:05 GMT]


 

Laurent KRAULAND (X)  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:27
French to German
+ ...
Not all, but some... Feb 25, 2011

Not all, but some... the important thing being that these were from returning customers who hence became clientsicon_smile.gif.

And to answer your question, Birgit, I am still waiting for a job from a direct client. In this perspective, I will have to polish my profile one of those days. I was contacted, yes, but only once (interpreting job) and the potential client found a "free solution".


 

Andrea Jarmuschewski  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:27
Member (2007)
French to German
+ ...
Mostly agencies Feb 25, 2011

Birgit Niederhafner wrote:

I would like to know if you are mostly contacted by agencies on Proz or if there is a chance that direct clients also get in touch with you?


I sporadically translate for a direct client who contacted me through Proz. Another one (from my region) contacted me for an interpretation assignment once but I was not available. They found my contact details on Proz as well.

But most of my costumers are agencies.


 
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