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Poll: Do you "check in" with clients when they are not actively sending you work?
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Jun 20, 2020

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Agneta Pallinder  Identity Verified
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Only when... Jun 20, 2020

Only when I have recently had to decline work from them because of being too busy. When things ease off I then sometimes send an email saying I've got my head above the water again and would welcome further work from them.

Yannick Joel Atambona
 

Teresa Borges
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Never Jun 20, 2020

I have a solid customers’ base with whom I have been working for at least 15 years. One group is very regular: they send me work several times a week, others once or twice every month, others twice in a year. The other group is more sporadic: they only send me work once in a blue moon…

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Only when… Jun 20, 2020

Unless they contact me, I would only usually contact them unsolicited if there were any bills pending issuing, or for a similar administrative reason. I certainly wouldn't pester them about the lack of work forthcoming, at least not for the first year or so of inaction. Times are hard, and some of my clients are small businesses.

[Edited at 2020-06-20 08:46 GMT]


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Kuochoe Nikoi-Kotei
Philippe Etienne
 

Liena Vijupe  Identity Verified
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Only when... Jun 20, 2020

In the following order:

1. I'm not busy enough
2. I enjoyed working with that client
3. They usually send me regular work and/or were planning something and had informed me about it


Angie Garbarino
Yannick Joel Atambona
Naoko Orito
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Yetta Jensen Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Never Jun 20, 2020

Although I sometimes thought of it.
But then other clients request work and I forget about it.


Teresa Borges
Josephine Cassar
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Vuka Mijuskovic  Identity Verified
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Only when... Jun 20, 2020

... circumstances bring something that might be of their private or professional interest.
My clients and I live in different informatic bubbles and our relationship is a single common point in big data profiling algorithms, so sometimes I have a piece they need and that could have passed unnoticed.

I try not to depreciate the time management of an other, even if the other is a client.


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Only when... Jun 20, 2020

... a regular client disappears for more than 15 days (clients that send jobs every week) or for more than one month (other regular clients).

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Aline Amorim  Identity Verified
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Only when... Jun 20, 2020

... a regular client disappears for last several daysand I'm not busy enough.

 

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No way Jun 20, 2020

I have my pride

(I don’t need to either)


Vanda Nissen
Josephine Cassar
Enrico Zoffoli
Teresa Borges
Jennifer Caisley
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Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
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Never Jun 20, 2020

I find it humiliating. I believe if they have suitable projects and they are happy with my services, they will contact me, not the other way around. Why should I contact them if they do not have projects in my pairs or trying to find someone who is cheaper?

Chris S
Josephine Cassar
Teresa Borges
Elizabeth Tamblin
Beatriz Ramírez de Haro
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Bangyou Xiang  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Jun 21, 2020

When I didn't have enough regular clients, I would contact them. But when there were enough regular clients(and higher rate), I would end cooperation with cheaper ones.

 

Yetta Jensen Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Maybe a more interesting question would be Jun 21, 2020

What has been the response, if you actually prompted your regular clients

Teresa Borges
Beatriz Ramírez de Haro
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Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
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Only Once,.. Jun 21, 2020

...actually this past April, when I hadn't heard from the client as expected, after working from them for several months. Sadly, I found out that because of low books sales due to Covid-19, the client has decided to hold back for now, when it comes to the luxury of translations.

Naoko Orito
 

Yannick Joel Atambona  Identity Verified
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It's exactly how it should work. Jun 22, 2020

Agneta Pallinder wrote:

Only when I have recently had to decline work from them because of being too busy. When things ease off I then sometimes send an email saying I've got my head above the water again and would welcome further work from them.



Sending too many messages may implicitly show that you are idle and you only have them as client or source of income.


 
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