Poll: Members: How soon after joining ProZ.com did you meet a client (directly or indirectly)?
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff
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Mar 14, 2006

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:03
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Within the first week. Mar 14, 2006

Turned out to be my favorite and largest one, too.

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writeaway  Identity Verified
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suggested additional option: I don't remember Mar 14, 2006

I really don't.

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xxxFionaDV  Identity Verified
Germany
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within 7 days of signing up as a non-platinum member Mar 14, 2006

but if by "joining proz" you meant "becoming a Proz platinum member", and if by "meeting a client" you meant "meeting a client through proz", then my answer is: -4 months.

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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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about 2 weeks Mar 14, 2006

I really don't.


Are you one of the first members of the site?

[Edited at 2006-03-14 12:25]


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Joanna Borowska  Identity Verified
Poland
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And I thought I was fast :o) Mar 14, 2006

I met my first client within the first month of being a Platinum member. The membership fee paid off after the first job I did for them, and then there was more...

[Edited at 2006-03-14 12:44]


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Zsanett Rozendaal-Pandur  Identity Verified
Hungary
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Competition wins Mar 14, 2006

Funnily enough, while I think ProZ is the best online community/directory, I have been contacted by clients through other online directories much more often. I got my first client through ProZ after 5 months of becoming a (platinum) member, while in the same period I met 3-4 others from other directories.

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Marisa Condurso de Nohara  Identity Verified
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It took me more than one year Mar 14, 2006

After approx. 1 year and 7 months of having joined Proz as a non-paying member, I had the opportunity to become Platinum. Three months later, I was contacted by an outsourcer twice.
I have extensively sent quotations for jobs posted, and when not, it has been on account of some limitations (the most common being that English-Spanish translators from Europe were preferred). I have followed the advise of a Proz staff member aiming at improving my profile. I am still working on it (project history, mainly). So far, Proz has proved a valuable tool to exchange points of view, ask some questions, try to help some colleagues, but meeting clients...that's still a pending issue. Anyway, if being Platinum is a must, I should only count 3 months up to date.


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gad
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Quite awhile afterwards Mar 14, 2006

But it must be said that I joined quite awhile ago and ProZ.com has grown a lot since then. Also, my participation in ProZ.com has increased in just the past year or two. However, I really do think that the reason it was not soon after joining is because the site was not as comprehensive back then. JMO. It's grown in a lot of ways, all good.

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Steffen Walter  Identity Verified
Germany
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Within a week of joining, went platinum three months later Mar 14, 2006

Hi all,

If "joining" is defined as "becoming a registered (non-paying) user of ProZ.com" according to newly introduced ProZ.com terminology, then I met my first client (and was assigned my first job) one week after registering back in May 2002. I went platinum (now "member") three months later.

Best,
Steffen

[Edited at 2006-03-14 13:59]


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writeaway  Identity Verified
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Not the one of the first to join by a long shot Mar 14, 2006

angioletta garbarino wrote:

I really don't.


Are you one of the first members of the site?

[Edited at 2006-03-14 12:25]


Assuming you mean me, no. But I joined in 2002 and getting work from the site was not the reason I signed up. I'd have to really give it some thought to figure out when I got my first job via Proz.


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Agnieszka Zmuda  Identity Verified
Poland
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Within 3 months... Mar 14, 2006

I registered as a non-paying member in July 2005, met my first client in October, upgraded to Platinum in late November and... haven't met any other client since
Seems like the Platinum membership paid off in advance My first and only client keeps coming back for more...

AZ


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Katharina Wawrzon-Stewart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Same here Mar 14, 2006

Zsanett Pandur wrote:

Funnily enough, while I think ProZ is the best online community/directory, I have been contacted by clients through other online directories much more often. I got my first client through ProZ after 5 months of becoming a (platinum) member, while in the same period I met 3-4 others from other directories.



ProZ is definitely my favourite online community and resource, but I'm yet to meet my first client here. I first joined in summer '05, but going Platinum in November 2005 has made no real impact. I partially attribute this to the fact that I'm relatively new to the business...

[Edited at 2006-03-14 23:37]


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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I hate to keep reprising an old theme... Mar 15, 2006

Since my language combinations are among the most popular, the rates tend to be lower. I have been bidding since Day 1, and receiving inquiries for a couple of years, but I would have met my first client a lot sooner if I had been willing to lower my rate.

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Nikki Graham  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:03
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
Nothing to do with paying... Mar 15, 2006

As far as I can work out, my first client from Proz sought me out because I answered some of his questions and since then I have collaborated on projects with fellow colleagues I've met through Kudoz too. I am still working for the same people I was working for before I ever discovered Proz (back in Aug 2000), so paying for membership has not had a significant impact on my workload or earnings and it's been over five years....

[Edited at 2006-03-15 09:21]


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