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Very VERY small job for a good client
Thread poster: Yoanna

Yoanna  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:35
English to Polish
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Dec 3, 2004

Like 10-20 words I don't even have to look up on the internet?

What should I do:
1. Do it for free since it is a good client who has given me big jobs before
2. Bill them for 1-2$ [sounds kind of awkward]
3. Make the next bill for them 'slightly' higher, meaning: 'bulk' bill?

What do you think, dear colleagues?


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Nazim Aziz Gokdemir  Identity Verified
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Do it for free Dec 3, 2004

It's just like buying flowers or a card -- both of which cost more than $1-2...

Aziz


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vixen  Identity Verified
Greece
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Free service Dec 3, 2004

If it's a regular client, and especially if it takes little or no time to do, I would do it for free as an extra service.

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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Minimum rate or for free Dec 3, 2004

Ask them if they are billing for this job. If they are, bill your minimum rate and, if they are not:
Yoanna wrote:
1. Do it for free since it is a good client who has given me big jobs before


This is what I do!

Good luck!
Marijke


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Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
Mexico
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For free, of course Dec 3, 2004

I do it sometimes, and the good client becomes an excelent one.

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Balaban Cerit  Identity Verified
Turkey
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depends on your relationship Dec 3, 2004

I think that this decision depends more on the nature of your relationship with the client, as compared to the volume of past jobs.

If you have established a professional and stable relationship with your client regarding to payment deadlines, work delivery deadlines and all, and if you are confident that any such favor will not change that relationship and possibly incite them to ask other concessions from you in the future, why not do something so small for free? This would help the relationship get even more better.

Seeing that you name the client as "good", if you aren't only referring to the volume of past jobs, there seems to be no problem.


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Konstantin Kisin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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do it for free Dec 3, 2004

see above

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elzosim  Identity Verified
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Free of charge Dec 3, 2004

I have done something similar for a regular client.
Your client will definitely appreciate it.


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Yoanna  Identity Verified
United States
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Thanks to all of you, Dec 3, 2004

I really appreciate your advice! I will do it for free.

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Amal Al-Arfaj
Saudi Arabia
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For free Dec 3, 2004

Do it for free as I did. I sent my bill for $223 then after a week and just before writing me the check my client gave me one more last page worth about $2. I could easily make it $225 but I didn't and told my client I wish him the best luck. After 2 months, my client's parents gave me some work.

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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 21:35
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Finnish to German
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Bill once a month Dec 3, 2004

and put small jobs at their worth on the list. But if its a different job, not relating to a bigger one, its better to charge a fix minimum.
Depends also on the work load. When I'm in the middle of a big job and I have to interrupt it for looking up some other stuff I lose easily 50 bucks along.
Educate your clients - easy said.


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Azra Obalı (Akifgil)
Local time: 21:35
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Free means money sometimes! Dec 3, 2004

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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
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I'd do it for free unless I was sent a PO Dec 3, 2004

(meaning, they get paid and it's on the budget). HTH.



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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
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Free Dec 4, 2004

Free of course, the good will gained and maintained is priceless.

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Arroger
Canada
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give it to him Dec 4, 2004

with a big smile and a Christmas card
and say Merry Christmas!


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