Do you charge more while travelling abroad?
Thread poster: Aleksandr Okunev
Aleksandr Okunev
Local time: 07:35
English to Russian
Jan 25, 2006

I have been offered a job which involves going abroad (two European countries). It's fun but it is a bit more stressful than my usual interpreting assignments when I come home every evening, take a cup of fresh tea and relax in the comfort of my home yelling at my kids (not wife, I'm not that brave).

My rates are quite modest and I do not want to charge more just because I am going to work in a more prosperous country, because the expenses are paid by the client, but I clearly see the difference between working from my home base and being away from it for a fortnight.

What would you say is a reasonable surcharge for being on the road and away from home?

Please, give me a hint.

Stay well
Aleksandr.


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Sven Petersson  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 05:35
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Charge half of the cost of bringing your wife with you on the trip. Jan 25, 2006

That’s the empirical divorce avoidance threshold.

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Vladimir Dubisskiy  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:35
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it depends Jan 25, 2006

Hi, Alex,
Well, you were supposed to settle the amount you want to be paid for your services prior to (aside from travel/accomodation/etc. expenses, covered, as you said, by your client). Personally, I believe that you may ask for something more than your normal "home-based" rate. But, as I said, it has to be negotiated prior to accepting the job...

And, have you negotiated at least some basic insurance coverage - like medical emergency? - say, if you, being a foreigner, would require some medical attention in one of those "prosperous" countries, - anything might happen, you know - you could face unbelievable costs, they might just strip you naked, man...
I would definitely ask, at least, what client thinks about possible medical coverage (or some extra pay for you to secure some at your end)...


[Edited at 2006-01-25 22:37]


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Aleksandr Okunev
Local time: 07:35
English to Russian
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Thanks Jan 26, 2006

Vladimir Dubisskiy wrote:Well, you were supposed to settle the amount you want to be paid for your services prior to (aside from travel/accomodation/etc. expenses, covered, as you said, by your client).

Thanks, Vladimir, the guys I work for are not regular Prozian cliens, they just pay what I tell them to when the job is done.

Personally, I believe that you may ask for something more than your normal "home-based" rate.

Understood. I will think about exact figure.

And, have you negotiated at least some basic insurance coverage - like medical emergency? ......

*That is* simple - you cannot get a Shengen visa unless you have purchased a policy. I did a lot of travelling while I worked inhouse, my question is all about being independent.

Thanks everyone!
Stay well
Alex
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