Poll: How many hours a week do you invest in acquiring new jobs / clients?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How many hours a week do you invest in acquiring new jobs / clients?".

This poll was originally submitted by Dr. Tilmann Kleinau

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Hilde Granlund  Identity Verified
Norway
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A little unclear? Sep 16, 2007

How much time do I spend soliciting clients?
Or how much time do I spend answering emails from outsourcers who want to offer me work?


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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I don't need to Sep 16, 2007

I think the poll means how much time we spend soliciting new clients. I put "I don't need to," because at the moment it's true. However, when I move back to New York the end of October I'm sure that will change!

Amy


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Reed James
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One to two hours: a ballpark figure Sep 17, 2007

I would say that I spend about one or two hours a week looking for new jobs and clients. To be honest, I am usually working at capacity, and could probably spend all my non-translating hours working on organizing terminology and research.

Nevertheless, I have decided that there is always room for better quality and better paying clients. My goal is to find them.


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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I don't need to--for now, anyway. Sep 17, 2007

I'm fortunate in translating in the opposite direction from the majority of translators in my local market. So many Puerto Ricans (and so few "gringos") are bilingual that Spanish-to-English work abounds in Puerto Rico, and I get lots of referrals from colleagues.

In our profession, that could change at any moment. But for now, I'm turning away jobs. What's more, I don't even follow up most indirect leads. I don't have time.

Please don't hate me!

Jane


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Same here Sep 17, 2007

JaneTranslates wrote:

I'm fortunate in translating in the opposite direction from the majority of translators in my local market. So many Puerto Ricans (and so few "gringos") are bilingual that Spanish-to-English work abounds in Puerto Rico, and I get lots of referrals from colleagues.

In our profession, that could change at any moment. But for now, I'm turning away jobs. What's more, I don't even follow up most indirect leads. I don't have time.

Please don't hate me!

Jane


But knowing how unpredictable markets can be, I do make a point of spending an hour or so every couple of weeks exploring other potential sources of work and have a "plan of action" in place, subject to constant review, should the need ever arise.


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lorette  Identity Verified
France
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Other Sep 17, 2007

I go "hunting" during the "slack" season

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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A compulsion... Sep 17, 2007

I wouldn't say that I spend any set amount of time looking for work because I’ve pretty much got all the work I need. After years of freelancing though, it’s just force of habit to look at job offers on Proz.com, want ads in the paper or other WebPages with job offers.

The first thing I do when I look at a Sunday paper is turn to the want ads and see if there’s anything that catches my eye or tickles my interest. Sometimes, I send my curriculum out if I like the look of an agency, even though I'd probably tell them I'm too busy if they responded to me. I guess it’s a freelancer’s ingrained compulsion.

Even though I’m busy, it’s interesting to see what’s out there and, when I see some of the offers, I can safely say that many times it makes me thankful for what I have.


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