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Do agencies' automatic invoicing procedures drive you mad?
Thread poster: Christine Andersen

polskiexpert
United Kingdom
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ok for me Jul 20, 2011

Hello

I use mainly Language Director- (interpreting) which works for me.
I can preview all costs, ask PM questions directly, know exactly how much I am going to be paid (there are other interpreting agencies which I chase each month for travel reimbursements... their pay policy is vague like the weather in Scotland)


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Have fun with all the Andersens in Denmark and my international family... Jul 20, 2011

Tom in London wrote:

Christine Andersen wrote:

the year we last moved house and the year my brother-in-law was born


Thanks for those clues, Christine. I'm sure with a bit of intensive googling I'll be able to access your bank account.

I just need to check some property sales in Denmark and some registers of births, marriages, and deaths.

Are you paranoid yet?



One of these days, Tom, I will find out who you are, too! But I won't note it down anywhere, so I might forget again

[Edited at 2011-07-20 09:28 GMT]


 

Alex Lago  Identity Verified
Spain
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I wish I had that many clients Jul 21, 2011

Jabberwock wrote:

Alex Lago wrote:

I only have one client that uses an automated system but it works perfect.
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I have often wished all my other clients used the same system.


The problem is that other clients do not use the same system - each of them has something completely different... That is why it is so frustrating - as someone said before, they treat you like an employee, like you have no other clients at all. Remembering all the details, logon procedures, invoicing rules etc. is a bit much.


It is my experience that translators do not usually have that many clients, we aren't talking 100's here.

At least from my point of view I have no problem adapting my invoicing procedures to each client and if they each have different systems and procedures I will just create a different "cheat" sheet for each client where I will have all the info and I can just copy/paste it into their system.

For me having a system where I can ensure my invoice has been properly logged is a plus, that way I am sure they have the invoice in their payment schedule.7

Obviously I am sure there are some systems that are more user friendly than others, but at least for me any system is better than none.


 
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