To Plus or not to Plus?
Thread poster: Roy Williams

Roy Williams  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 05:47
Member (2011)
German to English
Jan 15

After having let my membership lapse some time ago, I'm reconsidering becoming a paid member again (business has picked up over the last few years). While the Plus package seems attractive, I'm wondering if it's really worth the investment.

Can any current plus members provide testimony? Does it actually have a good ROI?

Thanks in advance!


 

Maija Cirule  Identity Verified
Latvia
Local time: 06:47
Member (2014)
German to English
+ ...
It depends Jan 15

Roy Williams wrote:

After having let my membership lapse some time ago, I'm reconsidering becoming a paid member again (business has picked up over the last few years). While the Plus package seems attractive, I'm wondering if it's really worth the investment.

Can any current plus members provide testimony? Does it actually have a good ROI?

Thanks in advance!

If you are a newbie, the Plus package might be helpful. I was a Plus subscriber for one year and for me it was of no use whatsoever.


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 05:47
Member
English to French
Same opinion from a former Plus member Jan 15

inesec wrote:
If you are a newbie, the Plus package might be helpful. I was a Plus subscriber for one year and for me it was of no use whatsoever.

The Plus membership offers you a CAT Tool and translation management software for free if I remember well, so it may be good for starting out.
For those who already own everything needed to be as productive as poss, it's unnecessary. I didn't benefit from any of the benefits granted.

Philippe


 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:47
Member (2007)
English
+ ...
It depends what you need Jan 15

inesec wrote:
If you are a newbie, the Plus package might be helpful.

The combination of a CAT tool and a management/accounting package plus access to the vast library of training videos could represent an absolute treasure for inexperienced translators. Free membership of TM-Town, with the associated terminology packages, could appeal very much to more experienced ones if your TMs lend themselves to the TM-Town way of promotion.

Personally, as a long-in-the-tooth translator (and person!) I like having full access to the Blue Board details and I certainly value my membership of the SOM Facebook group. Whether or not these make the extra expense value for money for me is debatable, but I didn't bother to cancel my Plus membership this year. I'm hoping there will be added benefits for us this year.


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:47
Member (2008)
Italian to English
BB Jan 15

Sheila Wilson wrote:

.....I like having full access to the Blue Board details ...


Isn't that included in the ordinary membership?


 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:47
Member (2007)
English
+ ...
Not 100% Jan 15

Tom in London wrote:

Sheila Wilson wrote:

.....I like having full access to the Blue Board details ...


Isn't that included in the ordinary membership?

There are a few extras for Plus members, but the gap between those two levels of access is far smaller than that between users and members.


 

Marissa Aguayo Gavilano  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Member (2016)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Videos! Jan 15

I didn't get any job from my Proz Plus membership last year, however, I decided to keep it as I value being able to watch all the training videos at my own pace. I hope this year will be better to get jobs though, we shall see. My main language pair is very competitive.

 

Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 05:47
English to Russian
+ ...
Personally, I'd say no Jan 15

I'm reconsidering becoming a paid member again (business has picked up over the last few years).


My reasoning is entirely opposite to yours. If business has picked up, you may not need any paid membership at all.


 

James Reiser  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:47
Member (2017)
Chinese to English
I found two immediate benefits Jan 15

The thing that first attracted me to upgrading to a Plus membership was access to material from the terminology marketplace. I work in Chinese and the included access to the extensive CJK glossaries has been great. I think I've probably saved the original cost of my upgrade already. I also was pleasantly surprised when I received an email notice that one of my glossaries had been updated and I could get the new data at no additional cost.

The second benefit was when I received an unsolicited email from ProZ with a suggestion about something to improve in my profile and an offer to contact someone for additional help. This is also included with Plus membership.

The upgrade has been worth it to me.


 

Roy Williams  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 05:47
Member (2011)
German to English
TOPIC STARTER
I see your reasoning Jan 16

Anton Konashenok wrote:

I'm reconsidering becoming a paid member again (business has picked up over the last few years).


My reasoning is entirely opposite to yours. If business has picked up, you may not need any paid membership at all.


Well, the uptick is mostly due to increased demand from my long-term clients, which I greatly appreciate. However, I thought
it would be a good time to expand my customer base since one never knows when the wave will break.
And I was curious as to whether the Plus package would get me more exposure, as compared to the standard membership.
Access to the training materials also piqued my interest.


 


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