Steps before accepting a freelance jobs and receiving payments
Thread poster: PRAKAASH

PRAKAASH  Identity Verified
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Oct 13, 2009

Dear Friends,

I just wanted to find what my other friends do while accepting any job. What I do, are the followings-
1. After knowing about the job, Research for company details, which includes looking in Blueboard details specially.
2. Send the best possible quote for the job (low quotations for Indians, when availability can be ensured).
3. After job is finalised, ask for P.O.
4. Start doing job and try to finish it on time.
5. Once job is done, send the agency, an invoice.
6. Wait for the payment and due to excellent invoicing system of proz.com; it's easier now to track payments.

What all you do to increase your business or remain steady in business. Please share.

Thanks in Advance!
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Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
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ask for a PO before starting the job Oct 13, 2009

in order to ensure a constant stream of happy clients, deliver a constant high level of quality at a reasonable price - do not translate outsite of your skill set....

Ed


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Quamrul Islam  Identity Verified
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Thanks for sharing !!! Oct 13, 2009

Thanks very much Mr. Shanidev for sharing your course of action. Freelancers may be doing the same all around, but differences do occur. For example, in many cases, invoices cannot be sent immediately after the job is done, and one has to wait until the outsources has finally accepted the translation - and it may take quite a few days!
By the way, I would like to learn some more points from you: firstly, which aspects do you particularly look for in the Blueboard records, and secondly, would you quote lower rates only because the outsourcer is located within your own country?


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PRAKAASH  Identity Verified
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Reply to Quamrul Oct 13, 2009

Quamrul Islam wrote:

Thanks very much Mr. Shanidev for sharing your course of action. Freelancers may be doing the same all around, but differences do occur. For example, in many cases, invoices cannot be sent immediately after the job is done, and one has to wait until the outsources has finally accepted the translation - and it may take quite a few days!
By the way, I would like to learn some more points from you: firstly, which aspects do you particularly look for in the Blueboard records, and secondly, would you quote lower rates only because the outsourcer is located within your own country?


Hi Quamrul,
If anyone can learn from learnings, it would be my pleasure to help out my friends.
In Blueboard records, I check if any translator has posted negative entry for the company or not and how many of them are there. Those translators, who have bad names or are not language efficient (can understand with the level of language they use while answering kudoz or posting in forums), I don't care for their negative entries because quality is the prime concern for any company and for translator, it should be.
I quote lower rates to Indians because of two reasons-
1. I love India and Indians
2. Agencies/outsourcers here grab their part of jobs from foreign clients. If I will quote them international standard rates, they may not have that much budget, moreover, in India, there are too many cheap stuffs lying here and there, which agencies can find without taking too much pain. Too compete with them, I have to keep rates low as well so that they don't go away because of the reasons of a paisa or two.
Take Care!
Regards


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Anil Gidwani  Identity Verified
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Marketing skills Oct 14, 2009

JAI SHANIDEV wrote:

2. Agencies/outsourcers here grab their part of jobs from foreign clients. If I will quote them international standard rates, they may not have that much budget, moreover, in India, there are too many cheap stuffs lying here and there, which agencies can find without taking too much pain. Too compete with them, I have to keep rates low as well so that they don't go away because of the reasons of a paisa or two.

Regards


Dear Jai,

First of all, *some* agencies/outsourcers in India 'grab' their part of jobs from *other* agencies/outsourcers in India in addition to jobs from foreign clients. You, the hapless translator who does most of the real work, get to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

Why don't you ramp up on your marketing skills and approach foreign clients directly? While it is difficult to get direct clients abroad, you can surely work with agencies abroad who will ensure you are paid appropriately and not treat you as the last link in an iniquitous feeding chain.



[Edited at 2009-10-14 09:05 GMT]


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whither has fle
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Pointing people in the right direction! Oct 14, 2009

Hello Anil

I must say I was getting a bit "hot under the collar" from reading this post. I am positively relieved to see that you are pointing Jai in the right direction.

Jai, this guy know swhat he is talking about. Take good note!

Thanks for sharing your strategies. Wishing you "good look" but especially "good marketing" in the future.


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PRAKAASH  Identity Verified
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Thanks to Anil and Whither Oct 14, 2009

Thanks to both of you. 'Marketing' is something that I didn't discuss earlier and wanted to make out if there is any different thing or way my friends use?

I know, about 'getting nothing after doing days of hardwork', that's surely, which I wouldn't like to do. And will give a serious thought to your suggestion.

Thank you very much friends for sharing! Would like to read from more and more from my friends.

[Edited at 2009-10-15 00:05 GMT]


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