Poll: How many agencies do you work with?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 15:42
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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5 Mar 13

I work very regularly (meaning every month) with 5 agencies, plus a good number of “occasionals" and one-offs...

 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:42
Member
English to French
What year? Mar 13

My customer base contains 49 agency clients with which I have had some sort of business over the past 8 years.

2019 to date: 5 agencies
2018: 11
2017: 10
Potentially: all agencies in the solar system

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Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 16:42
Member (2012)
English to Dutch
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15-20 Mar 13

On average, I work with 10-12 agencies each month. Because not all of them send me work every month, I have 15-20 agencies I regard as regulars (clients I work with more than once or twice a year).
I had assumed this would be the norm (based on nothing but my own experience) - I find it fun and enlightening to see this is apparently not the norm at all!

I find the multitude of different clients makes for a nice diverse workload of different types of documents in different area
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On average, I work with 10-12 agencies each month. Because not all of them send me work every month, I have 15-20 agencies I regard as regulars (clients I work with more than once or twice a year).
I had assumed this would be the norm (based on nothing but my own experience) - I find it fun and enlightening to see this is apparently not the norm at all!

I find the multitude of different clients makes for a nice diverse workload of different types of documents in different areas.
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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 17:42
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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18 last year Mar 13

But most of my work comes from one agency.

 

Edoardo Lorenzo Corda  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 16:42
Member (2018)
Catalan to Italian
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More than 10 Mar 13

Much easier than to deal with direct clients. They take charge of the "annoying" part of the translation process, pay regularly and send constant jobs.
The bad part is: some of them propose meagre rates; the sad part is: a lot of colleagues accept those rates.

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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 09:42
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
+ ...
+10 Mar 13

More than 10 because I have 2 decades in the translation field.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 11:42
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
More than 10 Mar 13

More than 10 for sure. There are 87 agencies I've provided services for since 2014. Many of them were "one-timers", but I do not enter in my client spreadsheet any potential clients or people who said "ok, you're part of the team now", but never sent any jobs. So 87 have actually sent me jobs and paid in the past five years.
Last year, I provided services to 28 agencies, but again, some of them were "one-timers".
This year, I have already translater for 13 agencies, but only 6 of th
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More than 10 for sure. There are 87 agencies I've provided services for since 2014. Many of them were "one-timers", but I do not enter in my client spreadsheet any potential clients or people who said "ok, you're part of the team now", but never sent any jobs. So 87 have actually sent me jobs and paid in the past five years.
Last year, I provided services to 28 agencies, but again, some of them were "one-timers".
This year, I have already translater for 13 agencies, but only 6 of them are regular, meaning they send me jobs every month regularly, and 7 of them always show up sporadically, i.e. 3 to 10 jobs per year.
So, it's a bit hard to answer this poll with some accuracy, because "working for" an agency implies regularity. You can't consider an agency that sends you two jobs per year or one job in two years...
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Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:42
Member (2018)
French to English
9 Mar 14

Looks like I have billed nine agencies in the past couple of years.
Four of those are all part of the same group but I bill to different people using different systems so I count them separately.
Then there's another group I work for, I send the bills to the same address for both of them so I count that as one.


 


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