Poll: How many new clients did you add to your list of clients in the first quarter of the year?
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Paul Lambert  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 15:46
Membro (2006)
Swedish to English
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Can be good or bad. May 11

Of course, I am always happy to meet a new client; however, I find it ideal when I can get a steady amount of work from a solid core or repeat, well-paying clients that I get to know very well and on a personal level over the years.

Teresa Borges
Josephine Cassar
Chris S
Clement Cheung
Philippe Etienne
Amábile Deretti
Spyros Salimpas
 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:46
Spanish to English
+ ...
None May 11

Not as far as I recall, although there may have been one or two new contacts, but from institutions which I have already been working with for some time.

 

Ian Keith Jones Williams  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:46
Membro
German to English
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Can't find any new ones May 11

I mainly work in technical fields from German to English and I now find it almost impossible to acquire new clients despite marketing efforts on my part. The only offers I receive are at nowhere near a reasonable rate. Good agencies used to contact me via this site but I don't even remember the last time one did.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 14:46
Membro (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Between six and ten May 11

Exactly 8:

January: 4
February: 1
March: 3
April: 0

One was a longish project (29,256 words), but most were short one-offs. Two came from colleague recommendations and the remaining through the directory.


 

Josephine Cassar  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:46
Membro (2012)
Italian to English
+ ...
2 or 3 May 11

Paul Lambert wrote:

Of course, I am always happy to meet a new client; however, I find it ideal when I can get a steady amount of work from a solid core or repeat, well-paying clients that I get to know very well and on a personal level over the years.

Especially if I like the texts they send. It can also work both ways as these clients would know me, can rely on me and know what I'm capable of delivering.


Amábile Deretti
 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
+ ...
None May 11

The last thing I want is any more clients.

New clients are a pain in the neck. Repeat business rules.


Vi Pukite
The Misha
Robin LEPLUMEY
 

Ezequiel Fernandez
Spain
Local time: 15:46
Membro (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
None May 11

As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent economic downturn in many regions worldwide, in terms of the language combination I work with, I'm finding trouble to keep up my usualy flow of orders, let alone finding new clients.

There might be other reasons behind this unwanted scenario, nothing to do with the pandemic though.

Ezequiel


Ian Keith Jones Williams
 

Aline Amorim  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 10:46
Membro (2019)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Between two and five May 11

Between two and five

 

Yetta Jensen Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 15:46
Membro (2012)
English to Danish
+ ...
four May 11

to be exact

 

Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:46
Spanish to English
+ ...
None... May 11

...because I worked until the beginning of April this year for two literary clients (and still am for one of them) who have awarded me more than one contract, beginning with one of them five years ago.

 

Gloria Teixeira  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 10:46
Membro
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Currently... May 11

Between one and three. The pandemic has pushed customers back.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 10:46
Membro (2014)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Three May 12

There are two types of new clients.
1. Clients you've never worked for before and actually sent a job and paid for it. I got three of those.
2. Clients that confirm your registration, or that you passed in their test, and request for documents and signature of an NDA, but still didn't send any jobs. I got three of those, too.
So I'm considering only the first three, of course.


 

Yolande Hivart
Austria
Local time: 15:46
Membro (2016)
German to French
4 to 6 depending on your way of counting May 12

4 new for which I actually did a translation/proofreading, 2 of them for which I passed their testing and QA screening process but just on the database.

The most important work I currently have in corona days is for a recurring clients as a follow-up task. And preparing myself to be ready for the next big one from a recurring client.


 

Robin LEPLUMEY
France
Local time: 15:46
English to French
+ ...
None... May 12

...And I don't want new clients. I'm happy with my current clients, the jobs they offer to me and the rates I apply to them, and I don't want to endure the time-consuming process of onboarding with new prospects. I consider myself lucky!

Chris S
 


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