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Poll: With how many new clients do you work per month?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "With how many new clients do you work per month?".

This poll was originally submitted by Benjamin Hall. View the poll results »



 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Varies Feb 10, 2012

This month there are four so far, but that's very unusual. Some months there are one or two, other months there are none. I answered 1 as an average.

 

Maciek Pastuszka  Identity Verified
Poland
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English to Polish
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Two per month Feb 10, 2012

It is the most common pattern I have observed in my business.

 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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It varies ... answered 1 Feb 10, 2012

This month (Feb) I have worked with 2 new clients and I new franchise of a global company, which, like for Mary, is unusual for me
Last month (Jan): none
December 2011: one
November 2011: one
Looking at last year the average is between 1-2
I answered 1 as there is no 1-2 option.


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other - difficult to estimate Feb 10, 2012

Most of my work is long jobs - documents of 6,000 to 30,000 words for the same handful of clients. I don't do résumés, certificates, or academic transcripts, which would be a source of new clients.

That said, I am always open to new clients who offer substantive work in my specialties. In fact, in January I had three new clients and two old ones. One of the new ones had two journal articles to translate, which I really enjoyed.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Other Feb 10, 2012

It doesn't happen on a regular basis. In any given month it could be none, or one or two.

I have a at least half a dozen regular direct clients and among them I usually get enough work to keep ticking over, which thankfully enables me to be more circumspect or selective when it comes to taking on board new clients or terms.

Come to think of it - this post has just reminded me that I was supposed to contact a potential new client - I did phone them once about a month ago and it was engaged, so I sent then an sms with my email details, but they haven't got back to me, so perhaps I should call them again...


 

Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 21:39
Member (2003)
Italian to Spanish
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Other Feb 10, 2012

My average would be something like 0,3.
Option "0-1" is missing.


 

xxxInterlangue
Angola
Local time: 21:39
English to French
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None Feb 10, 2012

I take on a new client once in a blue moon, and one-shots are an exception rather than the rule.

 

Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:39
Spanish to English
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1-2 Feb 10, 2012

It is possible that I might take on one or two clients in a month, unlikely to be every month however.

What I would not do is take on the risk of more in any given month. I like to spread my client base, and therefore my risk (in these times) and would not be working too high a proportion of my time at any one moment for a new client without a proven payment track record. This takes into account that, sadly, some old and trusted clients have proved a little less than reliable of late too.


 

Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
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Member
Spanish to English
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Same Feb 10, 2012

DianeGM wrote:

Looking at last year the average is between 1-2


It's the number of new client accounts I have to open every month on invoicing. And I also have Noni's new-client-free months.

[Edited at 2012-02-10 09:26 GMT]


 

Jocelyne S  Identity Verified
France
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Member
French to English
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Other Feb 10, 2012

There's no rhyme or reason in my case. In January I invoiced four new customers (rare, for me). So far this month, I've booked in a document for a new customer, but I don't expect to have time to take on (m)any more newcomers; I'm also negotiating a large potential translation with a new customer, but for now nothing is signed and delivery wouldn't be for a few months in any case.

Like Muriel, I don't work on many short documents (under 5000 words) and I've been working with many of my customers for years.

I really don't think I can give an overall average.


 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Turkish to English
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Other Feb 10, 2012

Less than one.
Checking my 2011 records, I see that on 8 occasions I did a first piece of work for a new client. That would thus average at 2/3 of a new client per month.


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Member (2003)
Danish to English
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It swings a lot Feb 10, 2012

I used to reckon with one a month, but the stream is not nearly so even. There may be three of four in a month, or none at all.

Sometimes a new client disappears for months or a year after one job, while others send a series of jobs. A few become regular clients, at least for a while.

I think a lot of work in my pairs goes to specialists in Scandinavian languages or possibly in subject areas, and if we get on well, then potentially I have a regular client.

Other agencies only occasionally have anything to be translated from my source language, and those are the one-off clients who occasionally turn up again.


 

Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:39
Member (2002)
English to Norwegian
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adding new clients every month Feb 10, 2012

...all the time at the same rate, would be impossible for anyone working full time, unless they lose the same amount of clients every month.

I am generally contacted by new potential clients 2-4 times per week, but I only take on a small number of these - on an irregular basis, due to time constraints, or jobs that are too small or that pay ridiculously low

[Edited at 2012-02-10 14:48 GMT]


 

Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:39
Member (2005)
German to English
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with Cecilia Feb 10, 2012

An option between 0 and 1 was necessary. I think mine averages 0.3 as well.

 
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