How to find work through the directories?
Thread poster: Manuel Alejandro Arciniegas Rivera

Manuel Alejandro Arciniegas Rivera  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:06
Spanish to English
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Nov 6, 2015


Recently I noticed how I am becoming more popular at Proz
after getting WWAs and answering Kudoz,
I am receiving e-mails at least once a week with work offers.
Because I appear on the freelance search,

I would like to know though,
how can freelancers use the directories to find work-
A lot of people here complain about the job postings
and how difficult is to get work there.

In my experience, I was contacted by someone who needed
3000 words translated and I was lucky to be given that opportunity.
It worked and I want to get more clients, so can you tell me how
do you search for them and contact them?




Andrea Halbritter  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:06
Member (2014)
French to German
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The agencies contact you Nov 6, 2015

Hello Caroneiro,

I do not contact them, they find me on the directory and contact me.



Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:06
Member (2008)
English to Dutch
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outsmart the competition Nov 8, 2015

be available when they are not
make sure you deliver quality
visit business coffee mornings, meet other people, increase your network

randomly contacting agencies or other translators does not help, I get tons of those each week and they go straight to the bin (usually because they are scams, but even the legitimate ones)...
(and NO I don't need Korean - Swahili translators)

If you really want to contact agencies, check out which ones are in the same business (be that technical, medical, legal or something else) you and what you really have to offer them (besides lower rates).... are you THE expert in a field of interest??)...
Then call them, visit them and send them your CV...
(they usually post a job if they actually need peopple, very few agencies have/take the time to find new and amazing transators when they don't have jobs for them)......

Anyway, it's probably best to look for direct client anyway, if you are going to spend time finding new sources of income....



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