Poll: What percentage of your new clients come from networking with other translators?
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Local time: 05:37
May 13, 2007

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:37
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English to Spanish
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80% May 13, 2007

Actually about 80% of all our work comes from customers to which we were recommended by fellow translators or PMs at some stage. As far as I can remember, only one of our bigger customers came to us directly.


John Cutler  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:37
Spanish to English
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0% May 13, 2007

I live in a city of 130,000 people, but it might as well be a small village. “Networking” or more simply put, “getting a job from someone you know or have met” is how everything works here. Here CVs and credentials are nowhere near as important as who you know or, like in most Latin countries, who you’re related to.icon_smile.gif

All my work comes from people I’ve worked with personally (language schools, companies, etc.) but not other translators. On the other hand, I guess I’ve networked enough because, generally, I’m the one who passes on work to other translators I know.


JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
Local time: 09:37
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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Depends on how far back I trace the chain. May 13, 2007

Like John, I get most of my clients via word-of-mouth. But most of the clients recommending me to new clients were, themselves, sent to me by fellow translators. Or I was recommended by clients to whom I had been recommended by other clients who were sent to me by fellow translators. Or ... I don't even want to write the sentence, but you get the picture.

Other than a couple of agencies who contacted me through ProZ, almost all my clients can be traced back to a fellow translator, often one of my former professors.

And I return the favor by sending jobs I can't handle on to someone else in my growing network. Now I have translation students of my own to recommend!



Parrot  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:37
Spanish to English
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1-25% May 13, 2007

but I've probably networked all my clients into networksicon_biggrin.gif


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