Poll: Do you charge a minimum fee?
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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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Same as yesterday Jan 10, 2010

Not to be so nitpicking, but the same poll was conducted a few months if my memory is correct.

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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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Depends on the client Jan 10, 2010

In case of regular clients (several jobs a week) I don't charge it.

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Stanislaw


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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As with Stanislaw Jan 10, 2010

For one-off jobs, yes. For small jobs from a regular client, no.

If a client regularly wants lots of little jobs done then I switch to monthly invoicing as this saves admin costs (not only in producing individual invoices but in keeping track of all of them to make sure one doesn't slip through the net and get ignored).


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Oleksandr Kupriyanchuk  Identity Verified
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Yes - for clients other than regular Jan 10, 2010

Don't be naive: sometimes, even a several-word job takes an hour-long research.

Doesn't it?


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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Always Jan 10, 2010

Otherwise the outsourcer may not send you larger jobs, preferring instead to make sure that you are always "available" for their smaller projects.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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When I didn't, I regretted it Jan 11, 2010

In 2009 I waived the minimum fee for a client out of good will, and soon I was receiving e-mails with one-paragraph translations.

Word count is the best measure we have, but it still doesn't compensate for creating the time in our schedule (sometimes forgoing a planned event), shifting gears, doing research, formatting a job, invoicing, keeping track of payments, and gritting our teeth at fees.


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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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With Sheila on all counts Jan 11, 2010

I do numerous small jobs for one long term client. They mesh in nicely around other, longer jobs, and give my brain time to recharge for proofreading. We agree on price (per word or per line), and I bill monthly.

Almost all my other small jobs involve diploma translations. That is always a flat fee. More because of the time involved and because I don't particularly like doing them, so I figure I should be compensating for my dislike.


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