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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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Aug 15, 2008

I found a truly valuable document on the Web today. Since we have recently been debating the issue of rates at length in this forum, I thought some of you may be interested in it as well.

The document in question is a special report containing 12 articles on rates, found on a website geared at professional service marketing. Download The One Piece of Advice You Need to Get the Fees You Deserve here (PDF document): http://www.raintoday.com/pages/3847_the_one_piece_of_advice_you_need_to_get_the_fees_you_deserve.cfm?requesttimeout=2000

I have only speed-read two of the articles, and find that although there isn't really anything new in it, the collection of articles certainly is an eye-opener. I hope you will find this useful. We may feel powerless to change the current state of the industry, but meanwhile, we have all the power to change our individual business processes.

All the best!


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Jason Kim
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Thanks for sharing the articles Aug 16, 2008

I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

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Ivana Friis Wilson  Identity Verified
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Page load error? Aug 16, 2008

Can you please check your link? I get a page load error.

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Penelope Ausejo  Identity Verified
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Thx Viktoria! Aug 16, 2008

Thanks Viktoria,

I haven't had time to read them. I've just downloaded them and will try to read them next week. Too busy right now...


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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I also get a timeout Aug 16, 2008

Ivana Friis Wilson wrote:
Can you please check your link? I get a page load error.


Same here. I suspect this is the same article:
http://www.holdenadvisors.com/pdfs/OnePieceOfAdviceYouNeed_%20Fees.pdf


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Round of applause! Aug 16, 2008

Viktoria Gimbe wrote:

We may feel powerless to change the current state of the industry, but meanwhile, we have all the power to change our individual business processes.


I haven't read it yet but thanks Viktoria. You hit the nail on the head!

Cheers
Chris


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Niels Stephan  Identity Verified
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Link works Aug 16, 2008

Link works for me, looks a bit shady though, as they ask fpr your mail address. You get to the download though, even if you type in a bogus address.

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munomoni  Identity Verified
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Thanks Aug 16, 2008

Thaks, and yeah these articles could serve as an eye-opener

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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Samuel Aug 16, 2008

Yes, I confirm that the link you posted ( http://www.holdenadvisors.com/pdfs/OnePieceOfAdviceYouNeed_%20Fees.pdf ) is in fact the direct access link to the article. I tried to find one, but even if I manage well with my computer, I am not as skilful in browsing behind the scenes on the Web as I would like to be, so I gave up after two minutes.

I also wanted to add that even though the original link I posted does ask for an e-mail addy, it is nothing shady. They are just gathering into for marketing purposes - after all, the site sells marketing services, and I am sure they like to track who reads what on their site. But don't worry, they are not the kind of people who send you nagging e-mail. I don't mind: I signed up for their newsletter anyway. That is why I am aware of this special report.

Happy reading!

Edit: I just wanted to add that the second article made me realize something. Giving rebates and freebies, accepting to be paid less than our normal rate, etc., are largely perceived as though you were not confident of the value of the services you sell. It is no wonder then that clients seem to have trouble appreciating the work we do. I think that being a tough negotiator and saying no once in a while actually help nurture the image of the profession.

There are many more noteworthy notions in the articles, so I won't comment on them too much here. Read them!

[Edited at 2008-08-16 17:40]


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Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
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Thanks Aug 17, 2008

Thanks, Victoria and Samuel, for the precious information.

All the best

Hipyan


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Drew MacFadyen
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Great content - lets add to the Wiki Aug 18, 2008

Great content Viktroia - thanks. Let's add those links or abstract some of the content for the Wiki articles

Translation rates - http://www.proz.com/prozwiki/en:Translation_Rates
Minimum Rates - http://www.proz.com/prozwiki/en:Minimum_rates

Thanks

Drew


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