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The Plight of a Brown Freelancer (with decent writing & a higher rate)

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
11 of 30

I believe I lose out on a lot of jobs for German translation because I live in Austria. Many clients put in location Germany as preference. Now I could apply and tell them that I am an native German speaker, or not apply, but I will not write a first sentence in capital letters on my profile saying GERMAN IS SPOKEN IN AUSTRIA AND NO, IT'S NOT AUSTRALIA! because that is not making the connection to a potential client that I'm seeking.  

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Ayushi V Member Since: May 9, 2016
12 of 30

Yeah Martina! I understand. And also about the comment on my bio. That is just something I would never like to do. But it was more of a frustrated moment where I wrote that. You know when your past 5 clients have discussed projects with you, and you have spent time sending them elaborate messages outlining the work and then after a series of 10 messages, they try and negotiate for you to write a 1k word article (mind you, with research) in like 8-10$. Plus it is more of a experiment. I am just trying to dissuade clients from getting into conversations if they have a very low budget.

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
13 of 30

Ayushi V wrote:

Yeah Martina! I understand. And also about the comment on my bio. That is just something I would never like to do. But it was more of a frustrated moment where I wrote that. You know when your past 5 clients have discussed projects with you, and you have spent time sending them elaborate messages outlining the work and then after a series of 10 messages, they try and negotiate for you to write a 1k word article (mind you, with research) in like 8-10$. Plus it is more of a experiment. I am just trying to dissuade clients from getting into conversations if they have a very low budget.


I understand the frustration, and it probably does dissuade many cheap clients, but is also offputting to better clients, and ultimately unprofessional. Your profile looks much nicer now! Smiley Happy

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Ayushi, much improved profile! Good for you for following Mark's advice.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Martina P wrote:

I believe I lose out on a lot of jobs for German translation because I live in Austria. Many clients put in location Germany as preference.


Try living in Italy....

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
16 of 30

Petra R wrote:

Martina P wrote:

I believe I lose out on a lot of jobs for German translation because I live in Austria. Many clients put in location Germany as preference.


Try living in Italy....


Or Norway...
But I thing we are probably lose out on the jobs because of Google, DeepL, Bing... and scammers that sell machine translations for rates that are too low for human translations to compete with.

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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OP, someone keeps spelling your name wrong on your profile feedback.

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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
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Jennifer M wrote:

OP, someone keeps spelling your name wrong on your profile feedback.


Oh f me...

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Jamie F Member Since: Mar 7, 2010
19 of 30

Jennifer M wrote:

OP, someone keeps spelling your name wrong on your profile feedback.


Doh!

And here's somebody else under the 'other' name with much of the same pitch from her profile. 
https://www.freelancer.com/u/i**bleep**alohani 

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Ayushi V Member Since: May 9, 2016
20 of 30

**bleep**. This is years old!


Jamie F wrote:

Jennifer M wrote:

OP, someone keeps spelling your name wrong on your profile feedback.


Doh!

And here's somebody else under the 'other' name with much of the same pitch from her profile. 
https://www.freelancer.com/u/i**bleep**alohani 



**bleep**! I did not know that existed. Me and IL went to college together and found freelancing together and I guess at that time we made the account on Upwork and on freelancer and were hardly aware of the norms and rules so we would work together and everything. This is I think some 7-8 years ago. Since then, she has quit freelancing mostly and gone on to work full time with an organization. But do you think this can be a problem? Should I somehow delete this other profile on freelancer? I don't even remember the login details.

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