Poll: How many different clients do you work for on a regular or semi-regular basis?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 09:37
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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8,3 Nov 14, 2015

On average, this year (January-October), I have worked with 8,3 clients on a regular basis. I'm proud to say that I have managed to keep some of these clients (3) since the very beginning (1986).

[Edited at 2015-11-14 13:18 GMT]


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 10:37
Spanish to English
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Other Nov 14, 2015

It depends on whether we count "universtities" as one "client" or each one as an individual. I have one folder called "Universities" containing at least half a dozen, plus the odd research institute (I can't be bothered looking to see how many there actually are).
Apart from that, I have about 5-6 regular clients, although the amount of work from them varies. For example, the company I consider to be my best client sends me something to translate almost every day, I bill them at the end of the month and they pay promptly. Others may only send me projects once or twice a year, depending on the year, but I still consider them regulars. If the volume of work I get from them is low, I may only bill them quarterly, while I might bill other clients on a project-by-project basis.


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 10:37
Member (2006)
German to English
5 to 6 Nov 14, 2015

yet another anonymous poll - are the people behind these polls paying money for this information?

 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:37
English to Spanish
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Anonymity Nov 14, 2015

Michael Harris wrote:

yet another anonymous poll - are the people behind these polls paying money for this information?


Hahahah, good point. We are an unwitting focus group.


 

Alice Wolfe, DDS  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:37
Member (2003)
English to Danish
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It was me.... Nov 14, 2015

Michael Harris wrote:

yet another anonymous poll - are the people behind these polls paying money for this information?


I asked the question. I am just curious, because I work with 15-20 different translation agencies on a regular basis and wanted to know if that was the norm, if a norm exists. Just curious... icon_smile.gif

Best,
Alice


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 05:37
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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4 + 4 Nov 15, 2015

I currently have 4 regular clients (jobs every other week or so), and 4 semi-regular clients (jobs once a month or at least a few times during the year). Other than that I have several non-regular clients, which represent less than 20% of my income.

This is not good, however, as the loss of one regular client could represent a reduction of about 20% of my income. The ideal situation, IMO, is to have more of both kinds (regular/semi-regular), and keep the same average of non-regulars. The loss of a client, something that is not uncommon among us, should stand below 10% of your total income, in order for this number to be considered a good one.


 


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