Poll: For how many new clients have you worked so far this year?
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Nov 3, 2011

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "For how many new clients have you worked so far this year?".

This poll was originally submitted by Marek Buchtel. View the poll results »



 

Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:39
Spanish to English
23 clients Nov 3, 2011

But about half of the total volume came from one client.

 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:39
Member
German to English
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18 new clients Nov 3, 2011

Some of which are one-off (normally small) jobs and some turn into more long-term relationships. The bulk of my work still comes from my more established clients, though.

 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 16:39
English to French
+ ...
Oops Nov 3, 2011

I skipped "new" in the poll question.
I worked for 13 clients this year, but only 2.5 were new (0.5 stands for one I worked for from November 2010 to September this year... case closed now)


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:39
Spanish to English
+ ...
Two-ish Nov 3, 2011

Probably about 2. Does a one-off pro-bono client count?

To tell the truth, I am probably the world's worst administrator, since I don't even know how many clients I have altogether off the top of my head; it's not many though, and I don't constantly get work from them all. In fact, although I dislike having to look at my admin info to answer posts, I'll just pop off now and have a look.

(A few mins later)... I just looked at my tax return for the final quarter 2010 an
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Probably about 2. Does a one-off pro-bono client count?

To tell the truth, I am probably the world's worst administrator, since I don't even know how many clients I have altogether off the top of my head; it's not many though, and I don't constantly get work from them all. In fact, although I dislike having to look at my admin info to answer posts, I'll just pop off now and have a look.

(A few mins later)... I just looked at my tax return for the final quarter 2010 and I billed 11 clients, so in a total of about 30 occasional punters I maybe have about 15 "regular" clients (although the regularity may be only one shortish text once a year) and only 3 or 4 of them are agencies.

I also seem to have about a dozen TMs, some client specific, others by area. The thing is, I find questions about these kind or details a slog, as they mean I have to spend time checking my records to find out. Normally I don't worry about these kind of details - the main thing for me is to service them all, keep them happy, bill them all on time and get paid likewise.

The rest is just donkeywork to me - I'm more likely to be agonising over an adjective I used a week previously than how many clients I currently have or whether my earnings are up or down on the previous month/quarter/year etc...
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David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 16:39
German to English
+ ...
Other Nov 3, 2011

I haven't the faintest idea how many are new and how many are long-standing!

 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:39
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
+ ...
9 Nov 3, 2011

3 with only a single job and they appear usually to deal with languages other than my working pairs, so I dont expect they will become regular clients.
6 others have been repeat clients but it's too early to tell if they will be come regular clients.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 15:39
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
10 new clients Nov 3, 2011

though I must say that most of them seem one-offs, contrary to my "historical" clients for whom I have been doing work for the last 25 years...

 

Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:39
Member (2007)
German to French
+ ...
7 Nov 3, 2011

Including about a number of one-offs.

 

Paul Stevens  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:39
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
15 new clients Nov 3, 2011

Mary Worby wrote:

Some of which are one-off (normally small) jobs and some turn into more long-term relationships. The bulk of my work still comes from my more established clients, though.

I was going to say the same as Mary, although I have had a few less new clients than her!


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 16:39
Member (2003)
Danish to English
+ ...
Hard to say Nov 3, 2011

I have just looked through my invoice list and counted about sixteen or seventeen new names.

However, it depends how you define new clients, because after a really big agency client went bankrupt last year, I have been contacted by several of the former PMs, who have moved to new jobs or started small agencies of their own.

Some of the end clients have obviously moved away from an agency that took over the bankrupt agency's portfolio. (I don't work for that agency for v
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I have just looked through my invoice list and counted about sixteen or seventeen new names.

However, it depends how you define new clients, because after a really big agency client went bankrupt last year, I have been contacted by several of the former PMs, who have moved to new jobs or started small agencies of their own.

Some of the end clients have obviously moved away from an agency that took over the bankrupt agency's portfolio. (I don't work for that agency for various reasons.) But jobs from familiar end clients are turning up through other agencies I already know.

I have signed up with several new agencies too - but have not actually received jobs from all of them. (But I have not counted them if I have not sent an invoice.)
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Patricia Charnet
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:39
English to French
25+ Nov 3, 2011

I've got a mix of clients with some regular clients giving the bulk of the work and a few other clients

 

Eric Dos Santos
France
Local time: 16:39
Member (2010)
Italian to Portuguese
+ ...
+ 6 Nov 3, 2011

All new clients are in Italian>Portuguese combination...

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Michaël Temmerman  Identity Verified
Costa Rica
Local time: 08:39
English to Dutch
+ ...
0 Nov 4, 2011

no new customers, don't have time for new ones
I did however get a lot of work from a customer that hadn't sent me any in ages.


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:39
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
5 Nov 4, 2011

Most of them for a single job. I have one client now that pays so well and gives me so much work that it crowds out the others. Otherwise my client base would be much larger. I find that I'm turning down jobs almost every day. Today I turned down three.

 


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