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What are some of the difficulties you have experienced when dealing with clients?
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KEEKtranslator  Identity Verified
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Jan 10, 2009

As a translator, what are some of the difficulties you have experienced when dealing with clients? Does it usually tend to be more work-quality-dispute related or money related? I'd really like to know where other translators have clashes w/clients.

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xxxLia Fail  Identity Verified
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agncies-direct clients-govt bodies Jan 12, 2009

KEEKtranslator wrote:

As a translator, what are some of the difficulties you have experienced when dealing with clients? Does it usually tend to be more work-quality-dispute related or money related? I'd really like to know where other translators have clashes w/clients.


I don't work for many agencies, mostly for direct clients. I rarely have clashes with either:-) Some frustrations though.

One thing about agencies that does bug me a bit is online systems for downloading and uploading work and invoicing. Not the systems in themselves - just the fact that they usually also send emails anyway, so often it seems like a duplication of everybody's effort.

The agencies I do work for are usually not based in Spain, where the pay is often poor, also dealings can be a bit casual, for want of a better word (like me going the extra mile and not being thanked, or not getting feedback). Obviously those are my own personal experiences, but I find agencies in other countries a bit more understanding about deadlines and the deadline-quality trade-off, and they are also better and faster payers.

With direct clients (mostly universities / academics), I have no doubt about what the main problem is. Many fail to understand that getting published is a collaborative process, from queries to them right down to feedback to me, negotiating final changes and getting a look at the galleys before they are sent off.

Finally, getting paid is sometimes a problem with government bodies, not the problem of the contact person but one of bureacratic accounts departments. It's a bit of a disaster when they "lose" the invoice, as sometimes happens.


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John Rawlins  Identity Verified
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Spanish agencies are generally unsatisfactory Jan 12, 2009

I entirely agree with Lia's comments about Spanish agencies. They are generally unsatisfactory in almost every respect. However, I find that most of my direct Spanish clients are very correct in their dealings - and the single most honourable and professional agency that I deal with is also Spanish.

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