Do you have a personal policy about bidding on new jobs when already working on another?
Thread poster: Crystal Samples

Crystal Samples  Identity Verified
United States
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Nov 28, 2007

While I'm working on jobs, I'm always tempted to look on job boards for new jobs and/or send my resume to new agencies. I try to fight it, because I feel it distracts me from the task at hand. However, I was wondering if other translators felt the same way or had rules pertaining to accepting and/or bidding on new jobs while working on another.

Crystal Samples


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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You can't market too much Nov 28, 2007

Crystal Samples wrote:
While I'm working on jobs, I'm always tempted to look on job boards for new jobs and/or send my resume to new agencies.


It is a temptation *not* to do this. You should constantly be on the lookout for more work, more contacts, more clients, I think.


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Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
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Doing it at specific times Nov 28, 2007

I do this
- at the beginning of my working day
- whenever I take a break (every 1-2 hours or so)

That way, I'm not distracted too much and I can freely give in to 'temptation'. Like Samuel says, you can never market too much.
I do the same thing with KudoZ and forums, by the way.


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Elisabete Cunha  Identity Verified
Portugal
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I am always doing that Nov 28, 2007

I always do that, but at specific times, like Margreet says.
At the beginning of the working day or in small breaks.

It's extremely important to keep looking for new clients, even if we believe we already have a reasonable number of faithful clients. We should never take things for granted.


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Juliana Brown  Identity Verified
Israel
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That's one way I spend my "breaks". Nov 28, 2007

I'm always on the look out, as the others said. This applies to work and KudoZ...You never know when things might pop up- especially from other time zones.

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Sybille  Identity Verified
Germany
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Bidding policy Nov 28, 2007

I do it the same way as all of you said. Always looking for new clients during small breaks, just to have the opportunity to get the next job soon after the one I am working on is coming to an end.

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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
Thailand
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Study about business out of new clients Nov 29, 2007

I use my break time to bid: In order to observe job offers of new clients.
Some of them offer very low rate, wierd terms of payment, request I cannot offer (e.g. editing TH in Thai non-compatible PCs), words that can check for unreliable jobs.
More things to learn about translation business out of Internet.
[I also cut old clients who change their behavior I cannot accept any more]
Regards,
Soonthon L.


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Alana Quintyne  Identity Verified
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at various times Nov 29, 2007

I check the job board early in the morning as soon as I log on and also during the day when I am on break. The Proz. home page is always up along with my other windows so I just keep refreshing the page from time to time to see what other jobs are available. I do the same thing with my email page and both my phones are always next to me. I mean you just never know where the next job is coming from. I never get tired of scouting...

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xxxNMR
France
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I never bid on jobs Nov 29, 2007

Too busy.

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Crystal Samples  Identity Verified
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I hope to get there one day. Nov 29, 2007

NMR wrote:

Too busy.


Must be nice to not have to constantly drum up work. I see from your profile that you have 22 years experience. It's understandable that so many years of building a good reputation would pay off nicely.


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