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COMEGLIO PAOLA  Identity Verified
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Jun 1, 2016

ON APPLYING WITH A TRANSLATIONS AGENCY, I AM REQUIRED TO GIVE BANK DETAILS. IS THIS A COMMON PROCEDURE? I MEAN. THEY ASK BANK DETAILS BEFORE EVEN KNOWING IF I AM GOING TO BE SUITABLE FOR THEIR TRANSLATION JOBS. OR AM I SIMPLY TOO CAUTIOUS? PLS LET ME NOW IF IT HAPPENED TO SMEONE OF YOU
THANKS
PAOLA


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Tom in London
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Never . Jun 1, 2016

COMEGLIO PAOLA wrote:

ON APPLYING WITH A TRANSLATIONS AGENCY, I AM REQUIRED TO GIVE BANK DETAILS. IS THIS A COMMON PROCEDURE? I MEAN. THEY ASK BANK DETAILS BEFORE EVEN KNOWING IF I AM GOING TO BE SUITABLE FOR THEIR TRANSLATION JOBS. OR AM I SIMPLY TOO CAUTIOUS? PLS LET ME NOW IF IT HAPPENED TO SMEONE OF YOU
THANKS
PAOLA


Never give your bank details until -

- the job is confirmed
- you have a verified postal business address for the agency

Just tell them "My bank details will be given on my invoice".

If they are not happy with that, drop them.


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Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
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Generally Jun 1, 2016

COMEGLIO PAOLA wrote:

PLS LET ME NOW IF IT HAPPENED TO SMEONE OF YOU


After passing their translation test and/or having agreed on rates, when it comes to signing a SLA or similar document. At any rate, is the client on the BB or otherwise well known/established?


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COMEGLIO PAOLA  Identity Verified
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BANK DETAILS Jun 1, 2016

The client is on BB and, checking through his web site, he looks well-established. The point is that, in case a do not fill the bank field, I cannot go on with the application form.

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Can you not do as Tom advises? Jun 1, 2016

COMEGLIO PAOLA wrote:
in case a do not fill the bank field, I cannot go on with the application form.

It's normally just a free-form text field so you could complete it as Tom suggested, or TBA (To Be Advised).


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2G Trad  Identity Verified
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No fear Jun 1, 2016

COMEGLIO PAOLA:
The client is on BB and, checking through his web site, he looks well-established. The point is that, in case a do not fill the bank field, I cannot go on with the application form.

Then, just provide your bank data. At worst they can make a bank transfer for you.

Cheers
Gianni


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COMEGLIO PAOLA  Identity Verified
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bank details Jun 1, 2016

Thank you all for your suggestions!

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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No bank details yet Jun 1, 2016

Bank details should appear on your invoice, or given when there is actual paid work. Any sensible customer will understand that. If they do not understand it and insist in asking for the details before any work is ordered, then A) you are talking to an associate who blindly follows orders or B) the agency is not that reasonable. You always have the option of entering "To be advised" as suggested by the colleagues.

[Edited at 2016-06-01 18:28 GMT]


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Tuguldur Batmunkh  Identity Verified
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payment to bank is not common Jun 2, 2016

In my experience, only a long term-partners OR federal government agents typically ask for bank details (routing and account number) upon job is approved, but it may not be a prefered payment tool for private businesses. Anyways, Tomás Cano and Sheila Wilson suggested well!

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Maxi Schwarz
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How true or common is this? Jun 4, 2016

Tuguldur Batmunkh wrote:

In my experience, only a long term-partners OR federal government agents typically ask for bank details (routing and account number) upon job is approved, but it may not be a prefered payment tool for private businesses. Anyways, Tomás Cano and Sheila Wilson suggested well!


If your customers don't pay to your bank, then how do they pay you? The most common ways that I am paid is:
- bank transfer (to my bank account)
- cheque

On very rare occasions I accept payment by Paypal, but avoid it as much as possible since it incurs extra charges - Paypal keeps some of what I receive so I need to add a surcharge to cover those costs.

So is this common in other countries perhaps, for bank transfers to be rare as a mode of payment?


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John Fossey  Identity Verified
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Bank transfers = high fees Jun 4, 2016

I never accept bank transfers on amounts less than $500, as the fees are way too high.

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Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
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Country specific Jun 5, 2016

John Fossey wrote:

I never accept bank transfers on amounts less than $500, as the fees are way too high.


I believe that also depends on where you and your client are located... If both you and your client are within SEPA territory, then there probably won't be any fees at all.

As for non-EU transfers, are high fees the norm? In my experience, if you find a client that uses a (non-bank) intermediary payment service, you may even end up not paying any fees and being charged reasonable currency exchange fees.

Also, other services, such as PayPal, tend to be quite expensive, as the sum of transaction fee and conversion fee can easily be as high as 5% (or even more, depending on the payer's and payee's countries, I believe).


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Maxi Schwarz
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on fees Jun 5, 2016

John Fossey wrote:

I never accept bank transfers on amounts less than $500, as the fees are way too high.

I only have one international regular client. They take care of the fees, and I am paid the full amount I am owed. We have an arrangement of them paying every 2 - 3 months to keep the fees down at their end, which I accept because they are a very good customer.


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