Poll: How many regular clients do you have at the moment?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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7-10 Apr 1

It's hard to define "regular," of course.

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Teresa Borges
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7-10 Apr 1

Only two are really regular (orders every month). Happy Easter to you all!

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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7-10 Apr 1

And 3 or 4 of them are universities or similar institutions.

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Seven or eight Apr 1

I have seven or eight frequent clients, but I wouldn't call them "regular", several more occasional ones and a few new ones pop up now and then.

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Luiz Barucke
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The most difficult part of being a freelance translator Apr 1

If I consider clients that send me jobs every 2-3 months, then I have 10-15 regular clients.
If I consider those who always send me jobs every month, then I have 8 regular clients.
First list makes me less worried

Actually, I believe the most difficult part of being a freelance translator is getting new clients. You have to prospect all the time, since 1 out of 10 reaches you back.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Four regular and a total of six good clients, plus a number of others Apr 1

Difficult to define "regular" but I have four who have given me work during most of the last six months. Others pop up less frequently.

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Hard to tell Apr 2

Checking my stats for this year so far, I could consider:
- 7 clients that send me jobs regularly for more than two years and have sent me at least three (one per month) this year.
- 6 clients that send me jobs sporadically, but have been around for many years
- 3 new clients (started this year), which I'm not sure in what category they'll fit
- 24 clients that show up every now and then with jobs. I don't know if they'll show up again or disappear forever, but every now and then I'm surprised by jobs from these people
- About 32 past clients I still maintain as active in my database because they could show up at any time.

I considered only the first three groups to answer this poll.


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