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Matthew Holway  Identity Verified
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May 11, 2007

I would be interesed to know how the rest of the trANSLATORS GO ABOUT GETTING PAID

a) payment methods (paypal, bank transfer, post cheques.. etc)

b) Terms (ways of getting paid!) of payment. Does anyone ask for the money up front?

which is best?/accepted by clients?

Regards. Matt Holway

www.sicilyenglish.org



[Edited at 2007-05-12 14:52]


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Vito Smolej
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my 2c May 13, 2007

I would be interesed to know how the rest of the trANSLATORS GO ABOUT GETTING PAID


first of all: do a good job. Take care of the quality, keep the deadlines. Send the invoice right away with the goods you are delivering. Remind the agency a minute after the 30 days (or whatever) are past - and include the invoice and the relevant post/codes/project numbers with it. In other words, act in a predictable fashion.

The rest, i.e. how the other side acts, is all in the stars. If you do not get paid (on time or at all) does not depend on what bank they would be using, paypal, moneybookers, Western Union, Pony Express, it makes no difference. By the way, asking for long pay periods up front shows a certain amount of honesty, so I would not deduct any points, when deliberating whether to accept or reject a job. Make sure, when they are overdue, you dont get passed around - there's one person standing in for the agency who should take care of the payments. Stick it on him/her.

This is not much, I admit; because a lot of it is simply Trust with capital T. And it works, in my case in 95+ % of cases. If you get a lemon, well, view it as an education fee... I did for one - see

http://www.proz.com/doc/561

Regards

[Edited at 2007-05-13 11:54]


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Riens Middelhof  Identity Verified
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agree May 13, 2007

I agree with Vito. I´ve noticed when you are willing to accept some longer terms, you might have to remind once or twice, but eventually they pay. It takes a little patience and a little bit of your time (& organisation) but it pays off.

Personally I do not accept cheques, because of the fraud potential. For the rest I offer as many ways of payment as possible, in order to facilitate their business.


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Matthew Holway  Identity Verified
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check up/payment May 13, 2007

Ok, thanks for your honest feedback guys.

Matt Holway ( www.sicilyenglish.org)
IT, SP, FR into EN


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lingomania
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My personal method May 13, 2007

I know the method I'm about to mention will stir up a few hullaballoos, but it's the only sure method of getting paid especially after quite a few clients (including medium/big companies with status) never showed up with the money.
It's quite simple, logical and mathematical.
50% down payment and 50% at consignment of work (post-work revision, corrections, etc. included in the final price of course). Most of you might think that many clients will not accept such a deal and that it's unprofessional, but I assure you that once you are well-known in the business, always do a good job and the clients feel 'safe' with you, they won't object to this method of payment.

Robert


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Matthew Holway  Identity Verified
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sure - "IF" they know u / u know them.. May 14, 2007

[will not accept such a deal and that it's unprofessional, but I assure you that once you are well-known in the business, always do a good job and the clients feel 'safe' with you,

It's a valid point Lingomania,
and I think it's an acceptable way of getting round the conundrum with customers that know you - where there is already a reciprocal consideration set in place, but the issue I have is dealing with "fresh" clients..
Matthew: www.sicilyenglish.org


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