Poll: Most of my clients are...
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Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to English
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I have worked for more individual end clients... Jul 5, 2009

...than translation agencies, but translation agencies are my biggest source of regular income.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to English
Direct clients and translation agencies Jul 5, 2009

About 70 % of my customers are translation agencies and fortunately I also have about 30 % direct customers.

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Barbara Cattaneo
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English to Italian
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other Jul 6, 2009

my clients are a balanced mix of everything, with a good share of end clients fortunately!

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John Rawlins  Identity Verified
Spain
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Mostly direct clients Jul 6, 2009

At least 85% of my sales are billed to direct clients. I prefer direct clients because they pay higher rates and tend to pay much more quickly (sometimes in advance). I only accept agency work in the gaps between direct jobs. I usually decline large agency jobs because I don't want to sacrifice my availability for direct clients.

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Catherine Shepherd  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:23
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Mostly agencies Jul 6, 2009

I've always wondered, are agencies the future? Will more and more end clients go to agencies because of lower rates?

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lillkakan
Local time: 18:23
English to Swedish
Agencies Jul 6, 2009

I work mostly in software localization or translate manuals for electronics. These manuals, software and websites are usually localized into several languages at once and it makes no sense for the direct client to hire individual translators. Thus, in my field, agency work is really the only way to go.

Or am I missing something?


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John Rawlins  Identity Verified
Spain
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Are agencies cheaper? Jul 6, 2009

Catherine Shepherd wrote:

I've always wondered, are agencies the future? Will more and more end clients go to agencies because of lower rates?


Hi Catherine

No direct client of mine has ever said to me that he or she had found an agency that was cheaper. Not once.

Maybe I am cheaper than the agencies, maybe they have never looked for a cheaper supplier, maybe they couldn't care less if somebody else was cheaper, maybe they were too polite to say anything.

Anyway, the shining truth is that price is not the main issue for most direct clients.


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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Hungary
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end clients Jul 6, 2009

John Rawlins wrote:

At least 85% of my sales are billed to direct clients. I prefer direct clients because they pay higher rates and tend to pay much more quickly (sometimes in advance). I only accept agency work in the gaps between direct jobs. I usually decline large agency jobs because I don't want to sacrifice my availability for direct clients.


Both as an agency representative and a feeelancer, I prefer end clients with their own contact and collaboration method.


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María Eugenia Wachtendorff  Identity Verified
Chile
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I guess this has to do with age Jul 6, 2009

I started my freelance career in 1989, hunting for clients by fax! Therefore, although I do work for several agencies from around the world (no local ones for me!), most of my clients are Chilean companies and universities. A good number of local and foreign colleagues I have met through Proz complete the picture.

Have a nice day!


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mystymy
Local time: 12:23
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direct clients are the best Jul 6, 2009

It surprises me how many translators//interpreters work only with agencies. It's a wonderful way to start. Some are wonderful, especially when you have a good PM, but direct clients are the best. The rates are better, no running around trying to get answers or information.

At meetings and conferences I've noticed that most translators/interpreters do not go out and get clients. Is it that many don't have presentation skills or that they don't like going on sales calls?


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Christina Paiva  Identity Verified
Brazil
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My special end clients Jul 6, 2009

I have only worked for end clients, particularly in my specialities


John has the answer!
John Rawlins wrote: Anyway, the shining truth is that price is not the main issue for most direct clients.


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