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Poll: Do you have a favorite client?
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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Yes Nov 22, 2013

The one who appreciates my work the most and gives me the most work.

But I am worried (once again!) about putting all my eggs in one basket.


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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English to Portuguese
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Yes! Nov 22, 2013

The one who appreciates my work so much that he has been giving me work almost every month for the past 25 years and always pays the very next day after my invoice! That's why he is the favorite among the favorites…

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Yes Nov 22, 2013

Actually I could say I have 2 or 3.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:30
Member (2006)
German to English
Other Nov 22, 2013

not only one, but a few

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Anna Spanoudaki-Thurm  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2009)
German to Greek
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Yes! Nov 22, 2013

A couple.

Their PMs are polite and responding.
They let me choose my tools.
They have uncomplicated procedures.
They have good proof-readers.
They set generous deadlines.
They give me feedback.
The specialise in my favorite areas.
They pay well.


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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:30
English to Polish
Yes Nov 22, 2013

The PMs are nice, friendly and always very helpful.

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Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Member (2012)
English to Dutch
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Yes - two or three Nov 22, 2013

M. Anna Kańduła wrote:

The PMs are nice, friendly and always very helpful.


And the projects are usually interesting.
Anything else (payment terms, tools, deadlines) comes secondary to that, provided it meets my minimum 'eligibility criteria'.


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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:30
Member (2012)
French to English
Maybe... Nov 22, 2013

The one who turns out to be a Secret Millionaire and sends me a cheque for thousands of pounds for my magnificent work (I can dream!).

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Karen Stokes  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:30
Member (2003)
French to English
A few Nov 22, 2013

Based on a combination of mutual respect, good communications, flexibility re. tools (or good technical support if they work with a particular one), decent rates, reasonable payment terms and readiness to respond to terminological and other queries.

Not surprisingly, they're mostly clients I've been working with for years but it's nice when new ones join the list too!


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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Member (2011)
Swedish to English
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Kind of Nov 22, 2013

No single customer tops the table on all the key factors: paying best, being most reasonable, being most appreciative and sending the most work

But I like all my customers, otherwise I wouldn't work for them


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
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German to English
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Yes Nov 22, 2013

Two, in particular.
I do so enjoy dealing with both of them. I believe the feeling is mutual.

In a parody of John F Kennedy, though, I think it behooves us to:

Ask not whether you have a favourite client, but whether your client has a favourite translator.


(Edited because my fingers are cold today!)


[Edited at 2013-11-22 11:21 GMT]


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
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Definitely Nov 22, 2013

When you have kids, you're not supposed to have a favorite, but things are different with clients.

I can definitely say I have one, but no names will be mentioned, so they all think I'm referring to them


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tilak raj  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 12:00
Member (2012)
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YES Nov 22, 2013

Favorite client is who prefers me to work, gives good rate and pay the work in time. Yes, I have my favorite client. He is really good for me.

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Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:30
German to English
Oh yes.. Nov 22, 2013

One who is intelligent, friendly and chatty, doesn't crowd me with silly deadlines and treats me like a human being rather than a means to an end! Identity withheld for obvious reasons!

Steve K.


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