Poll: In an average month, what percentage of your turnover comes from your biggest client?
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Abdulrhim Ahmed
 

neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Feb 20

Some people are very organised and are good at administration tasks. Some people are very thorough and measure everything they do and keep tabs on things. However, this is not my case. I'm usually too busy actually working on my translations and revisions to have time to think about working out percentages of turnover and things like that.

My best client pays me promptly at the end of the month. The rest take longer. That's about as much as I can contribute to this type of discussio
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Some people are very organised and are good at administration tasks. Some people are very thorough and measure everything they do and keep tabs on things. However, this is not my case. I'm usually too busy actually working on my translations and revisions to have time to think about working out percentages of turnover and things like that.

My best client pays me promptly at the end of the month. The rest take longer. That's about as much as I can contribute to this type of discussion. I'm just back from the bank right now after paying my vehicle taxes. The rent and bills are paid. As far as I know, I have no outstanding debts. And that's all I need to know, really.
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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About 40% Feb 20

Sometimes more, sometimes less.

 

Jan Truper  Identity Verified
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other Feb 20

For me, there is no such thing as an average month, as it varies greatly. Sometimes it's 25/25/25/25, sometimes I'm fully occupied by a single client over a couple of months.

[Edited at 2020-02-20 09:31 GMT]


Maria Silvestri
Liena Vijupe
Laura Bissio CT
 

Teresa Borges
פורטוגל
Local time: 23:34
חבר (2007)
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Other Feb 20

It’s hard to say as I work with a bigger group of very frequent customers who send me work in variable volumes on a month-by-month basis, and with a smaller group of sporadic clients who send large projects every three months or so. I would risk saying 25%-30% maybe more…

Maria Silvestri
 

Josephine Cassar  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:34
חבר (2012)
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Other Feb 20

As far as I'm concerned, it's 'other'. Along the years, I've learnt not to depend on a single client for work as PMs can change or the agency might not receive any more work in my language pairs or specialisations so I thought it best to diversify client base and find it works best, smaller jobs but from more clients, same or new ones. I do, however, have some agencies that send me regular work.

Anna Herbst
Maria Silvestri
Spyros Salimpas
 

Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
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70% Feb 20

for the current fiscal year.

 

Abdulrhim Ahmed
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Of the current fiscal year Feb 20

Teresa Borges wrote:

It’s hard to say as I work with a bigger group of very frequent customers who send me work in variable volumes on a month-by-month basis, and with a smaller group of sporadic clients who send large projects every three months or so. I would risk saying 25%-30% maybe more…


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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Local time: 00:34
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74% Feb 20

so far in 2020
58% in 2019
39% in 2018
I hear a broader spread would be safer, but it's not easy to achieve proactively. Getting continuous work at right conditions is more important to me, wherever it comes from.

Philippe


Josephine Cassar
Kaisa I
Luca Tutino
 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
ברזיל
Local time: 19:34
חבר (2014)
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About 50% Feb 20

But this percentage ideally should not exceed 30%.

Angus Stewart
 

DZiW
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~75% Feb 20

Real clients don't care for the word numbers, CATs, and hairsplitting over nonsense, only the positive result. Therefore, unlike secured* in-house specialists and contractors with benefits, freelancers are not on the payroll and should manage irregular income streams more carefully, doing one-time and occasional jobs.

 


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