Poll: Are you willing to present a sample of your actual work to a potential client if asked?
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff
ProZ.com Staff
Local time: 16:55
SITE STAFF
Oct 28, 2016

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Are you willing to present a sample of your actual work to a potential client if asked?".

View the poll results »



Direct link Reply with quote
 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 01:55
Spanish to English
+ ...
It depends Oct 28, 2016

Most of the time I tend to try to dissuade new clients nowadays anyway.
I would need a really good reason before agreeing to provide samples of my previous work for other clients. And not just due to confidentiality issues. The way I see it, when someone approaches me, they already know enough about me not to have to make odd requests like this, which I perceive as a lack of trust.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 00:55
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Other, yes, it depends... Oct 28, 2016

If and when a client is interested on a sample of my work I direct him/her to my website (www.bpt.com.pt) where I have a few articles I translated under my name for a Portuguese newspaper and a Portuguese magazine…

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Chie. I  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 08:55
Partial member (2013)
English to Japanese
+ ...
If it is on published website Oct 28, 2016

I can only provide such documents only when they are published to the world and visible to everyone on website, with my credit on it.
Usually I prepare documents with hiding client or product name with XX.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 01:55
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Other Oct 28, 2016

If a potential client needs a sample of my work - definitely not something I did for another client - in order to decide whether to work with me or not, then I offer to do a short paid test translation.

In my major fields, the work I did for my customers doesn't really bear any relevance in regards to the work I will/might be doing for potential clients...for various reasons.

[Edited at 2016-10-28 15:39 GMT]


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 01:55
Member
English to French
Yes Oct 28, 2016

I periodically search the Internet with word sequences of my translations when I think they're bound to end up on public websites (press releases, brochures, marketing campaigns, web pages, etc.), so I may provide interested parties with public links to my translations in various areas. As I don't disclose any names and the content is publicly available, I assume I am not breaking any deal I may have signed with agencies.
Since my name is never anywhere on them, the prospect has to trust me, but trust is an essential part of our business.
Prospects are also welcome to visit various equipment suppliers if they're into "HMIs" (cars, instruments, computers, machines...).

Philippe


Direct link Reply with quote
 

EvaVer  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:55
Member (2012)
Czech to English
+ ...
Yes Oct 28, 2016

I delete names of people, companies, products etc.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 01:55
Member (2006)
German to English
Normally not Oct 28, 2016

but if it has been published anyway then why not?
But seeing as most of the stuff I do are machine-specific manuals with copyright protection, then I do not pass them on.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

LaraScheffer  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 21:55
Member (2016)
English to Portuguese
+ ...


Posted via
ProZ.com Mobile


It depends Oct 28, 2016

I can't disclose most of my work due to NDAs so I usually just make myself available to provide a short test free of charge.

But if they insist, I have a couple of articles I translated for a website, which are already published and mention my name on it, that I can provide as a sample.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Alexandra Villeminey  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 01:55
Member (2010)
Spanish to German
+ ...
No, because it's confidential Oct 28, 2016

Never, even not if it is on published websites because the end client might not want me to tell others that I did the job, especially when the client sent the job to a agency and the agency to me.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

B. D. Laux  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:55
Member (2009)
German to Norwegian
+ ...
Never Oct 28, 2016

Alexandra Villeminey wrote:

Never, even not if it is on published websites because the end client might not want me to tell others that I did the job, especially when the client sent the job to a agency and the agency to me.


Exactly. I don't think I have any clients who would like me to do something like that.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 21:55
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
It depends Oct 28, 2016

Many clients have asked for that kind of sample before. At first, I thought I shouldn't provide it, as we usually have non-disclosure agreements with our clients. However, it's not commercially undue or unethical to make that type of request. So, I selected a few samples, replaced any identifying data with "XXX", and sometimes I submit it to clients as samples. But only after verifying I'm dealing with a very serious and renowned client, and once I realize this could actually render new jobs. The majority of the e-mails I receive with potential jobs are BS, and we have to be able to identify those.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:55
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Yes Oct 29, 2016

I have several examples on my website. It's a lot easier than taking a test.

Direct link Reply with quote
 

Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 01:55
Member (2003)
Italian to Spanish
+ ...
No Oct 30, 2016

In my experience, strange requests from potential clients (i.e. send me a sample, name some of the agencies you work for ) lead to nothing.

Direct link Reply with quote
 


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

Moderator(s) of this forum
Jared Tabor[Call to this topic]

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Poll: Are you willing to present a sample of your actual work to a potential client if asked?

Advanced search






Protemos translation business management system
Create your account in minutes, and start working! 3-month trial for agencies, and free for freelancers!

The system lets you keep client/vendor database, with contacts and rates, manage projects and assign jobs to vendors, issue invoices, track payments, store and manage project files, generate business reports on turnover profit per client/manager etc.

More info »
Déjà Vu X3
Try it, Love it

Find out why Déjà Vu is today the most flexible, customizable and user-friendly tool on the market. See the brand new features in action: *Completely redesigned user interface *Live Preview *Inline spell checking *Inline

More info »



Forums
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search