Poll: Have any regular clients lost contact with you this year without telling you why?
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Oct 30

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Rebecca Cockburn
 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:34
Spanish to English
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Other Oct 30

I was expecting to hear from one market research client about this time last year, but haven't heard anything from him. I've been meaning to get in touch to see if he's okay, but life and work get in the way. He is a friend and colleague of another market research client, and over the past couple of years they haven't been sending as much work as they used to either. There is a lot of competition in their field, so they're probably getting less orders as well, and I know that they sometimes do t... See more
I was expecting to hear from one market research client about this time last year, but haven't heard anything from him. I've been meaning to get in touch to see if he's okay, but life and work get in the way. He is a friend and colleague of another market research client, and over the past couple of years they haven't been sending as much work as they used to either. There is a lot of competition in their field, so they're probably getting less orders as well, and I know that they sometimes do their own translations into Spanish instead of asking me to outsource that for them, in addition to translating into English.Collapse


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:34
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Couldn't know Oct 30

ProZ.com Staff wrote:

"Have any regular clients lost contact with you this year without telling you why?"


How could I know? I have quite a few "regular" clients who only contact me occasionally. I wouldn't know whether or not they had "lost contact" with me (whatever that means).

They contact me when they need me. Sometimes months, and even years, go by between contacts.


Nina Khmielnitzky
Anna Herbst
Muriel Vasconcellos
Philip Lees
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 03:34
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No Oct 30

My regulars (a group of 5 translation agencies and 2 direct clients) have been so for a long time and I will continue doing my best to keep them satisfied. I worked regularly for 3 years with a British translation agency but the end client decided recently to handle their work in-house. The PM informed me beforehand about what was going on.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:34
Spanish to English
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Speak of the devil Oct 30

neilmac wrote:

I was expecting to hear from one market research client about this time last year, ... He is a friend and colleague of another market research client, and over the past couple of years they haven't been sending as much work as they used to either....



Well well. An hour after posting and the 2nd client I mentioned has just informed me they'll be sending me loads of translations between tomorrow and the end of the year... which is nice


Dan Lucas
Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Alexandra Hirsch  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 04:34
English to German
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Maybe Oct 30

I don't know if they have broken off contact on purpose because they have decided to try out the enticingly simple and cheap G***** Translator or whether they are just busy as usual. Some actually turn up after ages, telling me they will have some work for me soon. (Okay...)

Anyway, I much prefer not hearing from them than receiving those irksome 'Hi' or 'hi' or 'Hi!' messages that open a communication channel but are never followed up with anything. (Time wasters, the lot of them.
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I don't know if they have broken off contact on purpose because they have decided to try out the enticingly simple and cheap G***** Translator or whether they are just busy as usual. Some actually turn up after ages, telling me they will have some work for me soon. (Okay...)

Anyway, I much prefer not hearing from them than receiving those irksome 'Hi' or 'hi' or 'Hi!' messages that open a communication channel but are never followed up with anything. (Time wasters, the lot of them. … I'm in a bad mood, sorry.)
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Katalin Szilárd  Identity Verified
Hungary
Local time: 04:34
Member (2006)
English to Hungarian
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Lost? No. But.. Oct 30

recently I asked a regular client whether I should write the invoice or wait for further jobs.
They wrote me they didn't have Hungarian jobs currently. It is very odd.
For years they had Hungarian jobs at least 2 jobs every week, bigger and smaller.
Then since September less and less jobs.
And now nothing. This is very weird.


writeaway
 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 19:34
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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I never really know Oct 30

As others have said, some clients go for months or years without connecting. A couple of them have told me my rates were too high, but that trend started a few years ago. My mainstays are still with me.

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 04:34
Member (2018)
French to English
. Oct 31

There are a couple who haven't sent anything for a while, but they never sent very much anyway. They may have found someone cheaper, or decided it's too expensive to translate their stuff nowadays, I don't know. They'll still get a Christmas card.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 01:34
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Yes, it happens Oct 31

This happens regularly, luckily enough not as often as new clients appear. However, many of those who disappear show up again a long time later. I've noticed that some agencies also engage different translators regularly just to get more qualifications in the Blue Board. I've had some of these, so now I'm waiting for the second job to make my entries in the Blue Board.

 

Rebecca Cockburn  Identity Verified
Trinidad and Tobago
Local time: 23:34
Member (2012)
Spanish to English
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Yes, I have had the same experience Nov 4

Such a relevant question. I have found that at least 3 of the clients (agencies) for whom I have done regular work over the years have been sending little to no work my way. Two of them were bought over by other companies and I believe the PMs may have been assigned new roles or different markets/ subject areas.


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