Poll: How many agencies do you work for on regular basis?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Oct 23, 2009

I do not do so on a monthly basis. The question is skewed.
I "occasionally" work for agencies.
In fact, I've just looked at my bills for the 1st three quarters of this year and it turns out I have issued one bill (for less than 400 €) to a translation agency. The rest of my clients are direct contacts, usually by recommendation from other satisfied clients.


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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12 so far this month Oct 23, 2009

10 or more is normal for me. I'm actually surprised at how low the numbers are and am wondering whether are working for 1-2 or 3-5 agencies plus direct customers, or whether those 1-2 or 3-5 agencies represent all their income.

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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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Depends Oct 23, 2009

"Monthly" does not mean much... I work for a dozen agencies, all in all, usually one more than the others, not always the same each month.
The one for which I worked most this month has been top of the list for the past 15 months, sometimes even "the only one".


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Jocelyne S  Identity Verified
France
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None this month Oct 23, 2009

Like Neil, I work for a few agencies occasionally, but not on a regular, monthly basis.

So far in October I've issued five or six invoices, all to direct customers or colleagues with whom I cooperate.

It is unlikely that I will work with any of my agency customers in the next few weeks either, but perhaps before the year's out.

Best,
Jocelyne


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
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10 or more Oct 23, 2009

Mary and Interlangue made very good points!

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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Other .. I think Oct 23, 2009

It isn't something that is steady from month to month for me.
Overall I regularly work for 30 or so agencies, this specfic month I have worked for 7, the month before I worked for only 2.
It varies a gret deal from month to month, if I have one or two large projects - the figure is much lower, if I have many medium/small projects higher.


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xxxAguas de Mar
I work for 3 to 5 agencies regularly... Oct 23, 2009

... but the bulk of my work is comprised by direct clients...

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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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Varies hugely Oct 23, 2009

Some months 1, others 10 or more. Depends on project length and deadline.

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Hardly Ever Oct 23, 2009

Like a few others here, virtually all my clients are direct, and I only do work for agencies on an exceptional basis, mostly one that is local, and I have known them for many years.

I think that situation makes for a good life. Most of my clients I know personally.


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Michaël Temmerman  Identity Verified
Costa Rica
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10 to 12 Oct 23, 2009

I exclusively work for agencies, I really don't want to be exposed to the whims and impossible demands of direct clients.

I have three or four agencies that give me plenty of work and I have some other agencies for which I work occasionally to fill the gaps. Depending on the volume of the assignments, in one month, I can work for let's say 3 to 10 agencies, the average being 5-6, I think. And that means those agencies give me enough work to keep me busy all month.

[Edited at 2009-10-23 14:49 GMT]


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Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
United States
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3-5 Oct 23, 2009

On rare occasions, more.
I have nearly 30 agencies on my client list, but also have local law firms, school systems, etc., etc., so can't always take work the agencies offer (which I can't/won't outsource, whereas private client projects, if I am too busy, I can outsource).


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María Eugenia Wachtendorff  Identity Verified
Chile
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Pretty much the same here Oct 23, 2009

neilmac wrote:

I do not do so on a monthly basis. The question is skewed.
I "occasionally" work for agencies.
In fact, I've just looked at my bills for the 1st three quarters of this year and it turns out I have issued one bill (for less than 400 €) to a translation agency. The rest of my clients are direct contacts, usually by recommendation from other satisfied clients.



The only difference is that I have issued a few more bills (to the same agency) this year.

Cheers!


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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1 or 2 Oct 23, 2009

I work regularly for one agency here in Brazil and quite often for another. In addition to that there are a few agencies in the USA and other places that contact me from time to time. I have two direct clients that I work for regularly and a fellow translator who gets in touch when she has extra work. This combination pays my bills quite nicely.

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