Survey-taking rates
Thread poster: Noha Kamal, PhD.

Noha Kamal, PhD.  Identity Verified
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Jan 22, 2007

Hello guys,

I just took a seven-question survey about an automotive brand name. Now my client is asking how much I would charge? any ideas?

Thanks!


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Fuad Yahya  Identity Verified
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Your minimum charge Jan 22, 2007

It is wise to establish a "minimum charge" that you can apply to small jobs of any type. The amount will vary depending on your market parameters, but the concept is the same.

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Waleed Mohamed  Identity Verified
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I have similar client... Jan 22, 2007

Hello Noha,

I have a USA client who sends me this kind of jobs from time to time. They pay me 2 dollars for each brand name. It was them who offered this price and I accepted the same because this kind of jobs is very easy. However, I was shocked when one of my colleagues told me that he has a client who pays him 15 dollars per brand name.
So, my advice to you is to ask for 15 dollars for each brand name. If your client accepts, this will be a very good price, as this kind of job is very easy and questions can be answered very quickly in most cases.
If, your client refuses this price, then negotiate.

Wish you good luck!

Best regards,

Waleed
http://www.news4linguists.blogspot.com


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Noha Kamal, PhD.  Identity Verified
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Exactly waht I had in mind Jan 22, 2007

I usually apply a minimum charge on small translation job, so I was playing with the idea of doing the same here, too. I was just curious to find out whether there were any established rates. I mean what if the survey is long and time-consuming? Anyway, thanks, Fuad

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Noha Kamal, PhD.  Identity Verified
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Incredible Jan 22, 2007

Waleed Mohamed wrote:

Hello Noha,

I have a USA client who sends me this kind of jobs from time to time. They pay me 2 dollars for each brand name. It was them who offered this price and I accepted the same because this kind of jobs is very easy. However, I was shocked when one of my colleagues told me that he has a client who pays him 15 dollars per brand name.
So, my advice to you is to ask for 15 dollars for each brand name. If your client accepts, this will be a very good price, as this kind of job is very easy and questions can be answered very quickly in most cases.
If, your client refuses this price, then negotiate.

Wish you good luck!

Best regards,

Waleed
http://www.news4linguists.blogspot.com


Waleed, a rate of 2 dollars is incredibly funny I am surprised some people would actually have the guts to offerthat! Thanks for pointing that out, though.


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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Charge per hour or minimum charge Jan 22, 2007

Hi Noha,

Whenever I get any of these hard to quantify jobs, I charge per hour (as in proofreading jobs). If it took you less than an hour, then I agree with Fuad - charge your minimum rate (which usually is about the same amount you charge per hour).



[Edited at 2007-01-22 17:13]


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Fuad Yahya  Identity Verified
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Hourly rates Jan 22, 2007

Noha Kamal wrote:

what if the survey is long and time-consuming?



In that case, you apply your hourly rate, as Nesrin suggested.


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