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Poll: Do you offer discounts for large projects?
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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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No Oct 13, 2009

I do not believe that there are any economies of scale in our business, so I see no justification for offering discounts for large volumes.

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Tatty  Identity Verified
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More work if anything Oct 13, 2009

I agree with Tim. At any rate, large projects probably involve more work than small ones, especially in terms of revision.

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Not as a rule Oct 13, 2009

But if somebody offers me a large-scale job with a generous deadline that can be fitted in around other work, I tend to be more tempted than if somebody wants to book me out for a week or two, which can be detrimental to my relationship with other clients.

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Michaël Temmerman  Identity Verified
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no Oct 13, 2009

Tatty wrote:
At any rate, large projects probably involve more work than small ones, especially in terms of revision.


Couldn't agree more. On top of that, you could be missing out on other better paid jobs.


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Been there Oct 13, 2009

Mary Worby wrote:

But if somebody offers me a large-scale job with a generous deadline that can be fitted in around other work, I tend to be more tempted than if somebody wants to book me out for a week or two, which can be detrimental to my relationship with other clients.


I agree there. I have done discounts in return for generous deadlines.


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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No Oct 13, 2009

Large projects involve no economies of scale, they are boring, they involve a lot of revision and harmonization, they prevent you from taking on other jobs... Plus they involve a higher financial risk.
In any case, I don't take large projects. My favourite projects are the ones running from one day to one week, I rarely accept projects keeping me busy more than 2 weeks.


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xxxInterlangue
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No Oct 13, 2009

I did once, a long time ago, and while working on it, I had to refuse several other jobs

I mostly have longer projects (from 10 to 250 pages)... should I be working at a discount rate all the time? No way!


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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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no Oct 13, 2009

i did once or twice, early on. Large projects mean more investment of time, preventing you from taking most other jobs. If i have to devote my time to it, then i look at it as isolation pay.
I usually don't like to take very large projects for translation (proofreading is ok).


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Nope Oct 13, 2009

My goal in life is to work as few hours as possible for the greatest amount of money possible.

Mmm, don't think I'll be answering yes this time...


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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No way Oct 13, 2009

For all the reasons that everyone else has stated.

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Marjolein Verhulsdonck-Roest
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Why is it then... Oct 13, 2009

...that more than 40% say 'It depends on the customer'?
I don't mind working on larger projects, and in most cases my usual rates apply. But I have in the past agreed upon a somewhat lower rate sometimes, but only for regular and trustworthy clients.


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gad
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No, I don't offer discounts for large projects Oct 13, 2009

I don't offer discounts for large projects. Same reasons as already mentioned - it's not necessarily less work, so I can't see the rationale for less money.

However, I have agreed to a lower rate just a couple of times in the past when asked by an agency (two different agencies). The rate was still acceptable and so I agreed. Looking back, I'm not sure that I should have though, since that probably just encourages agencies to agree to bulk discounts to end clients. End clients need to be informed that it's really not appropriate to even request such discounts.


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Ligia Dias Costa  Identity Verified
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Yeap Oct 13, 2009

John Cutler wrote:

My goal in life is to work as few hours as possible for the greatest amount of money possible.

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Same as me...


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Hilary Davies Shelby
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More work for less money... Oct 13, 2009

Luckily, I don't often get asked to give discounts - those requests tend to come from the same type of agencies who want "your best rate", i.e. an unrealistically low one!

I will, however, "round down" or quote flat-rate fees on larger jobs for my regular customers, particularly in cases where getting accurate word counts is difficult due to formatting, or where parts of the text have already been translated. In such cases, we would just agree that it's "about 10,000 words" and I'd charge them accordingly.


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