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Poll: Where do the majority of your projects come from?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Where do the majority of your projects come from?".

This poll was originally submitted by Milena Taylor. View the poll results »



 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 18:22
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Almost evenly split between agencies and direct clients Jun 27, 2016

This year (until the end of May), I made 40 invoices: 21 to agencies, 19 to direct clients

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 19:22
Member (2006)
German to English
Agencies Jun 27, 2016

I gave up on direct clients as their invoicing was too time consuming paired with completely incompetent accounting departments - not to mention any names.
I have a great pool of agencies that I work with and the best thing about it is that they pay on time without any hassle.

[Edited at 2016-06-27 22:40 GMT]


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:22
English to Spanish
+ ...
Giving up on direct clients? Jun 27, 2016

Perish the thought, Michael!

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Agency or direct client, big company or small, sometimes on-time payments are a minor concern. Mediocrity is, in my eyes, inexcusable. I can't, for the life of me, understand how or why some employees in any of these organizations are still working there, despite their obvious incompetence.

And to the pollster: Who cares where the majority of my projects come from? They pay the bills, they fill my working hours with interesting texts to read and translate, they prod me to do research and find better ways to express a concept.

Maybe you should step away from your calculator and think of the above at least once.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 19:22
Spanish to English
+ ...
Direct clients Jun 27, 2016

All of them by word of mouth recommendation from friends, colleagues, former students and acquaintances. And I thanks my stars every day for the fact!

 

DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
+ ...
Direct only Jun 27, 2016

Quite a time ago I found out that a single project from a direct client is worth several indirect jobs--some three in my case, yet under more favourable (and negotiable) conditions!

Sometimes I still do Wiki or volunteer jobs, yet my life seems not that cheap and long)

[Edited at 2016-06-27 10:05 GMT]


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
+ ...
Direct now Jun 27, 2016

For the first time this year I have done more work for direct customers than for agencies.

Direct = more money but more hassle. It's a trade-off.

I'd rather work through agencies, but with very few exceptions they're becoming insufferable with their clueless PMs and stupid systems and mindless penny-pinching.

Mario Chavez wrote:

And to the pollster ... Maybe you should step away from your calculator and think of the above at least once.


Maybe you should step away from this forum with all its stupid polls from stupid pollsters so you sound less like the 48%?

[Edited at 2016-06-27 10:48 GMT]


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:22
English to Spanish
+ ...
Polls Jun 27, 2016

Chris S wrote:

For the first time this year I have done more work for direct customers than for agencies.

Direct = more money but more hassle. It's a trade-off.

I'd rather work through agencies, but with very few exceptions they're becoming insufferable with their clueless PMs and stupid systems and mindless penny-pinching.

Mario Chavez wrote:

And to the pollster ... Maybe you should step away from your calculator and think of the above at least once.


Maybe you should step away from this forum with all its stupid polls from stupid pollsters so you sound less like the 48%?

[Edited at 2016-06-27 10:48 GMT]


If I were a less equable person, I would complain that you hurt my feelings and that you are itching for a fight.

Here's an idea for a poll: How many cynical replies do you find in Proz polls?

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Milena Taylor  Identity Verified
Serbia
English to Serbian
+ ...
Evenly split Jun 27, 2016

Mario Chavez wrote:

Perish the thought, Michael!

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Agency or direct client, big company or small, sometimes on-time payments are a minor concern. Mediocrity is, in my eyes, inexcusable. I can't, for the life of me, understand how or why some employees in any of these organizations are still working there, despite their obvious incompetence.

And to the pollster: Who cares where the majority of my projects come from? They pay the bills, they fill my working hours with interesting texts to read and translate, they prod me to do research and find better ways to express a concept.

Maybe you should step away from your calculator and think of the above at least once.

Hi Mario,

You are right.:)

However, it is interesting to see the statistics.

Thank you!

Milena


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 02:22
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Agencies Jun 27, 2016

Japanese customers are notoriously finicky and picky. The amount of running around and visits to customers' offices, etc. to satisfy their every whim, do sales and discuss jobs, etc. would eat up any time I had for actual translation if I were dealing with them directly.

This is why I choose agencies who do all the interfacing and running around and earn their slice of the pie. This allows me the time to what I am best at - translating without any added hassle.


 

EvaVer  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:22
Member (2012)
Czech to English
+ ...
Agencies Jun 27, 2016

Used to be the other way around, but I was too dependent on one direct client. Agencies made it possible for me to diversity quickly.

 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 19:22
Member
English to French
Agencies Jun 27, 2016

99.74%
28 different names since moving to Spain 6 years ago, of which 21 have assigned me less than 10 jobs.
Stability, variety and a consistent stream of work.

Philippe


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:22
English to Spanish
+ ...
Statistics Jun 27, 2016

Hi, Milena,

Pardon my snap judgment, but I hold a healthy skepticism around statistics and percentages.

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MC


 

Paulo Caldeira  Identity Verified
Portugal
Member
Portuguese
+ ...
Jun 27, 2016

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[Editado em 2016-06-27 20:19 GMT]


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 14:22
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Good to see that... Jun 29, 2016

It's good to see that we are all actually in the same situation. 80% from agencies, huh? So I was right when I said some people are showing off when they spit out all their direct clients and magnificent rates.

 
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