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Poll: What's your favorite type of client?
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Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
Italy
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It's the relationship and conditions that count... Aug 29, 2008

not the size of the agency. What's important to me is if they pay me well and on time, if I am able to contact them when necessary, how they relate to and regard their translators and whether they provide adequate support. Interesting and decent-sized jobs don't go amiss either

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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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The human kind Aug 29, 2008

It doesn't matter how big the agency is. For me the most important thing is that I feel they're treating me human to human, not organism to machine.
...Oh and paying well and on time is a great bonus of course!


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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Paying well and on time ... Aug 29, 2008

... is an absolute must, otherwise they don't make or stay on the client list, simple as that. I don't regard that as a bonus, I regard it as a prerequisite for doing business.

So favourite for me would either have to be another lawyer or an agency actually specialising - and not just advertising they specialise - in legal work.

Sure, if they're friendly, that's great but I've dealt with enough lawyers over the years to know we're perhaps not always the nicest people to deal with ...

[Edited at 2008-08-29 14:32]


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Venkatesh Sundaram  Identity Verified
India
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End users can make one's work worth its while Aug 29, 2008

Nesrin wrote:

It doesn't matter how big the agency is. For me the most important thing is that I feel they're treating me human to human, not organism to machine.
...Oh and paying well and on time is a great bonus of course!


I agree with Nesrin, that translators need to be treated like humans. Our work should be respected. This is where, in my limited experience, end users seem to score far above agencies and even fellow free lancers. A colleague remarked the other day in a forum discussion that he translates a lot of stuff which he suspects no one reads. However, if the client is an end user, her or his work is hampered if she / he cannot understand what is expressed in an unfamiliar language - and hence more often than not appreciates your efforts. She / he is bound to read most if not all what one translates. Agencies and alas even fellow translators do not always appreciate the work that they themselves perhaps do all the time. Exceptions exist for sure,and every colleague could have different perceptions too!


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
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factors. Aug 29, 2008

My decision is linked to these facotrs:
- rate
- how fast they pay their rate
- how they treat me

I don't care if there's a small agency or very big firm.


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Other - Just Direct Aug 29, 2008

I don't know what might be intended by the distinction between direct business and private clients, they are one in the same so I replied "other", but the answer is merely "direct" clients.

Venkatesh mentions someone who translates a lot of stuff which he suspects no one reads, probably me, at least I have said that recently. I translate a lot of very heavy and repetitive legal documents and the persons I actually deal with face to face are not the ones who have read them. I know that someone else actually does have to do it, perhaps only one person completely, so I try to make their life as easy as possible by making it understandable.

It's sort of like painting a masterpiece that will only be seen by the person commissioning it and will remain forever hidden away.

Of course I do other work that I am sure will be read by many people. In any case I am paid for it all, and I get a lot of personal satisfaction from doing it well. Clients always appreciate it.


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Direct business clients provided ... Aug 29, 2008

I voted for direct business clients, but I have one proviso. They must be good payers. I have had one or two bad experiences with such clients in the past.

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Αlban SHPΑTΑ  Identity Verified
Albania
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No difference Aug 29, 2008

As long as they pay on time.

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Aymeric de Poyen Bellisle  Identity Verified
Switzerland
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Other freelancers Aug 29, 2008

Because they have realistic expectations, don't make a fuss about respecting decent working conditions and a decent rate.

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Venkatesh Sundaram  Identity Verified
India
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agree - just direct - and I did mean you! Aug 29, 2008

Henry Hinds wrote:

I don't know what might be intended by the distinction between direct business and private clients, they are one in the same so I replied "other", but the answer is merely "direct" clients.

Venkatesh mentions someone who translates a lot of stuff which he suspects no one reads, probably me, at least I have said that recently. I translate a lot of very heavy and repetitive legal documents and the persons I actually deal with face to face are not the ones who have read them. I know that someone else actually does have to do it, perhaps only one person completely, so I try to make their life as easy as possible by making it understandable.

It's sort of like painting a masterpiece that will only be seen by the person commissioning it and will remain forever hidden away.

Of course I do other work that I am sure will be read by many people. In any case I am paid for it all, and I get a lot of personal satisfaction from doing it well. Clients always appreciate it.


agree - just direct - and I did mean you!
Enjoy your weekends if you can (or while you can)
Regards,
Venkatesh


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Direct private clients Aug 29, 2008

I chose direct private clients. I understood the distinction to be that a private client is a person paying me from his/her pocket, while a business client is one representing an organization that has to approve and make the payment.

In my experience, of all the choices given, the direct private client is the most likely to BOTH:

1) Pay me promptly.
2) Be available, even eager, for consultation.


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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
Canada
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Other freelancers Aug 29, 2008

I have done work for several of my proz.com colleagues and it's been great. They approach you because they know you and what you're good at. The work is usually interesting, they set reasonable deadlines, pay promptly, and communications are very friendly.

My next choice would be private clients. However, in my case it usually concerns certified documents, so the work is not as interesting.


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kimadil
United States
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Agree Aug 29, 2008

Yaotl Altan wrote:

My decision is linked to these facotrs:
- rate
- how fast they pay their rate
- how they treat me

I don't care if there's a small agency or very big firm.


I can live without the last point


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
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A mix Aug 29, 2008

I like keep some agencies and fellow translators as customers, since they provide a steady stream of offers that I can accept if I have no other projects. But ideally I like the mix to lean slightly toward direct clients.

By definition, direct clients aren't going through an intermediary. That's good for them, since I charge them less than an agency would, and it's good for me, since they pay me more than an agency would. A win-win situation.


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