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Thread poster: perpetua
perpetua
Local time: 18:09
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Aug 6, 2004

Hi!!

I’m new on ProZ.com. and I’am only a beginner in translation word. I have no idea how to deal with payments in the future, i.e. on what basis shall I charge for translations. Let’s say I get a translation job, do it, and charge money for it. I cannot send any invoice to the client for I’m not a self-employee; shall I charge the client on the basis of a contract for this specific job. Any idea?

Best regards

perpetua


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Elvira Stoianov  Identity Verified
Luxembourg
Local time: 18:09
German to Romanian
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you must issue an invoice Aug 6, 2004

even if you're not self-employed, I am sure there are some laws in your country regulating your status.
If you have an income, then you most probably have to declare it with the fiscal authorities in order to pay taxes on the income. And these taxes are calculated based on the invoices you issue. Should you fail to do this, you might be liable for tax evasion.
HTH


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Magda Dziadosz  Identity Verified
Poland
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And what prevents you from becoming one? Aug 6, 2004

perpetua wrote:

I cannot send any invoice to the client for I�m not a self-employee;
perpetua


The simplest option is to become a self-employed person (zarejestrowaæ dzia³alno¶æ gospodarcz±) and if you have reasons not to do so, you should work based on umowa o dzie³o and issue rachunek subsequently.

HTH
Magda


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perpetua
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Thanks guys! Aug 11, 2004

Magda Dziadosz wrote:

perpetua wrote:

I cannot send any invoice to the client for I�m not a self-employee;
perpetua


The simplest option is to become a self-employed person (zarejestrowaæ dzia³alno¶æ gospodarcz±) and if you have reasons not to do so, you should work based on umowa o dzie³o and issue rachunek subsequently.

HTH
Magda


Hi!

Thanks a lot for your advice to become a self-employed person. The thing is that I’m a real beginner which means I haven’t got any translation job offers so far. I tried to start cooperation with some translation offices, but it’s not that simple. There are hundreds of translators with English and German on the market and I don’t blame the people who choose an experienced translator and not someone out of nowhere. I have a regular job (some 90% of it is translation and interpreting for a German employee of the company), but I’m looking for some better perspectives, for development, for more experience. Becoming a self-employed person would make sense if I had already some clients on more or less regular basis. I just don’t want to start all the registration procedure (which consumes a lot of time in Poland!), because I don’t see any reason for it so far.
..... well, it is not easy to start, but I’m not giving up! No way!

Best regards

perpetua


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