Christine Andersen wrote:
If it is a rushed job, it may interrupt you while you are doing something more profitable. You have to provide service for your clients, but business is business. You have to pay bills and keep in form too.
I have one client in particular who sends tiny jobs regularly via an agency - and wants the jobs in Trados for their database... I charge for 20 minutes + word count every time.
For others I charge for 30 minutes plus word count for anything under 100 words.
Clients need to be realistic. You can do favours now and then, for good clients, but make sure they appreciate that they are favours. Otherwise you are wasting your time, and the client might just expect the same from everyone else.
Thank you for this reply, even f it didn't directly answer my question. I agree 'business is business' and I really want to make clear to this client who insists on paying per character ( which ultimately is misleading, I find) that I won't be messed around!
Wish me luck!