Do you set deadlines when bidding?
Thread poster: Heinrich Pesch
| | Heinrich Pesch
Local time: 08:04
Finnish to German
We are used to deadlines set by agencies. But actually it could be useful to set deadlines when responding to job-offers.
"This offer is valid until tomorrow 12.00 EET".
Then if they send the files late I would not be bound by my offer and could refuse or rise my rates.
Has anyone tried this?
| Maybe we should || Jan 29, 2008 |
Actually I have never really considered this, but it's a good idea. Suppose you have responded to a job-offer and someone else offers another job: you'd have to turn this second (or third...) job down in order to be able to complete the first job, that may never come. And what if deadlines get to tight because of a late response of the client? Enough reasons to add validity info.
| | Cetacea
Local time: 07:04
English to German
| On a regular basis || Jan 29, 2008 |
Not only with agencies, but with clients in general. Otherwise, as Renée points out, other job offers may be turned down for a job that never comes in, or deadlines may become too tight.
Never had a negative response, either.
| | Samuel Murray
Local time: 07:04
English to Afrikaans
| Always (kinda) || Jan 29, 2008 |
Heinrich Pesch wrote:
We are used to deadlines set by agencies. But actually it could be useful to set deadlines when responding to job-offers. "This offer is valid until tomorrow 12.00 EET".
Whenever you submit a quotation to anyone, you should specify for how long the quotation is valid. If it appears that the client might not accept immediately, or if no deadline is given, you should state the delivery time in terms of days and not as a specific date.
"This quotation is valid until XYZ"
"Delivery XYZ working days after receipt of go-ahead"
| | Steven Capsuto
Local time: 02:04
Spanish to English
In fact, I just did this a couple of hours ago.
I usually word it "I can meet your deadline if I receive the source files and job approval by XX:XX today, your local time" (or "by XX:XX on [day, date]," as the case may be).
[Edited at 2008-01-29 19:38]
| I always do, too || Jan 29, 2008 |
My offer is valid only for the time being, not one or two days (or some hours, dipending on the deadline) later, obviously.
I always state, regarding a deadline, whether to known customers or to new ones, a certain time limit for getting the approval, otherwise we shall need to renegotiate it.
And then: I don't want to waste my time, awaiting an answer that (maybe) never will arrive.
| | Niraja Nanjundan
Local time: 11:34
German to English
| Similar to what Steven does || Jan 30, 2008 |
It's usually something like "If I receive the files for translation by XXXX, I can complete the translation by the given deadline, otherwise the deadline will have to be extended accordingly."
| | Daniel Bird
Local time: 06:04
German to English
| Nearly always use this... || Jan 30, 2008 |
... e.g. "If I receive files by 5pm Monday then I will deliver by ..."
It's not merely a safety measure, but also shows that we're thinking about the business aspects of the job as well as the language.
It makes a project manager's life simpler so should not provoke any negative response from a genuine pro, who will after all be making similar stipulations in turn to his clients.
Try it today - or tomorrow, deadlines permitting...
| It is necessary to set the deadlines || Jan 30, 2008 |
I always set the deadlines, as some agencies do not have reasonable deadlines. Some of them put the same deadline of quoting and of delivery of the translation. The formulation of Niraja "If I receive the files for translation by xxx. I can complete the translation by the given deadline, otherwise the deadline will have to be extended accordingly" should always be placed at the and of your bid. So I advice to do it.