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Poll: Where is your main current client from?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Where is your main current client from?".

This poll was originally submitted by Jiřina Ječná. View the poll results »



 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Europe Apr 26, 2012

I don't really have a main current client, or if I do it varies from month to month. But as all my clients are in Europe, then I guess they would be in Europe.

This month's biggest invoice will probably go to Switzerland. Last month it was the UK. The month before that may well have been Germany.


 

Adam Jarczyk  Identity Verified
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Not just one "main client" ... Apr 26, 2012

ProZ.com Staff wrote:

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Where is your main current client from?".



I have several very good clients, not just one *main* client, and I'd have to name Europe and the U. S. as my reply if I wanted to give an idea about where they are from. Nevertheless, I also work(ed) for individuals and agencies from other places of the world when asked and it fitted my schedule.


 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
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Other Apr 26, 2012

Who is the client? The agency that coordinates the project? The headquarters that pay the agency? The organisation that needs my translations and requested the job in the first place?

This involves 3 continents in my case (Europe, North America and Asia)... for a huge project I've been working on for 5 years already and which will probably last another 3 or 4.
Not my only but definitely my main client...


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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More than one main client (fortunately!) Apr 26, 2012

like Mary and Adam. Nowadays my main clients are in Europe, but last year I would have answered Asia (Japan) to the same question...

 

Maria Isabel Pazos Gómez  Identity Verified
Germany
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Seems that America is still sleeping :-) Apr 26, 2012

Mabel

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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I don't have a single main client Apr 26, 2012

... though I certainly have some favourites.

However, I voted Europe, as practically all my clients are in Europe, however you define them.

One client that I used to regard as my main client went bankrupt a couple of years ago, and after that experience I would advise everyone to make sure you do not depend too much on any one client. It was simply a superb agency...

I was working on a big project for another client when the crash came, and lost less than a lot of colleagues, but I know it hit hard.


 

Isabelle F. BRUCHER (X)  Identity Verified
Belgium
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Blue Board Apr 26, 2012

Christine Andersen wrote:

(...)

I was working on a big project for another client when the crash came, and lost less than a lot of colleagues, but I know it hit hard.



Didn't their Blue Board start reflecting later payments ? There should have been warning signs, available to all... That's also what these Blue Boards are for, I think. Of course, it's a bit hard to criticize a customer, but business is business...


 

Antonio Fajardo  Identity Verified
Spain
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Surprising Apr 26, 2012

Surprising, Europe is winning by much more than expected!

[Edited at 2012-04-26 10:49 GMT]


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Europe Apr 26, 2012

Billing anwhere else is a (expletive deleted) hassle.

 

Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Time difference Apr 26, 2012

Antonio Fajardo wrote:

Surprising, Europe is winning by much more than expected!

[Edited at 2012-04-26 10:49 GMT]


It's still 6 am in the Americas! And our Asian colleagues have probably finished for the day.


 

Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
Indonesia
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Definitely Europe if . . . Apr 26, 2012

the main client means the one that relatively continuously supplies me with translation jobs.

But if the main client means the one that offers the biggest translation job, then the answer is Australia.


 

Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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not sure about 'main'... Apr 26, 2012

But they are all in Europe. Portugal, UK, The Netherlands, France.

 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
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The poll trend says this much... Apr 26, 2012

...and it is not surprising.

The largest proportion of respondents indicate Europe as the center for their main clientele. Why? Because most Proz users are from Europe or work there.

The bulk of my clientele is based in America —the poll percentage of America-based clients so far shows north of 11%.

A side topic: the globalization of business activities is not a worldwide phenomenon, more like a regional one. Different economic blocs behave slightly differently and their influence varies across the board. Also, the so-called globalized economy is impacted by different business cultures and rules, not to mention currency rates.



[Edited at 2012-04-26 23:22 GMT]


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Several major clients Apr 26, 2012

Overall I have a handful of major clients, two are European, two are American and one is in Singapore.

Are most Proz'ers really European?
Does that count for both freelancers and agencies?


 
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