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Poll: What is generally the decisive factor in your deciding to accept a project?
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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
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Topic and pricing Apr 2, 2010

There are not many topics I just can't handle, for example I would decline highly specialized computer programming, movies, medicine and several more. As regards price, I'm still not in the position to work for less than $7 per page (250 words).

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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other Apr 2, 2010

combination of:
pricing availability volume subject.....


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Stefan Schilling  Identity Verified
Germany
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Deadline Apr 2, 2010

The main reason why I have to turn projects down is very tight deadlines. The point is missing here, therefore I selected "Other".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Agree Apr 2, 2010

Gianluca Marras wrote:

combination of:
pricing availability volume subject.....


Most potential projects come in from existing customers, so pricing is already agreed. So it's a combination of whether I have the time to do it and whether I am comfortable with the text.


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Claire Cox
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Same here Apr 2, 2010

Usually deadline, but the topic plays a big part too. As others have said the price will usually be agreed already.

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Deadline + subject Apr 2, 2010

The same here...

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xanthippe  Identity Verified
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deadline + subject Apr 2, 2010

Teresa Borges wrote:

The same here...

same here!


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Deadline Apr 2, 2010

This is an important omission from the choices in this poll. Like everyone else who has responded here, I find that deadline is more often the deciding factor than any other.

[Edited at 2010-04-02 12:51 GMT]


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Leticia Klemetz, CT  Identity Verified
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Interest and convenience, among other Apr 2, 2010

I've worked successfully for 10 years as a freelancer, and to tell the truth I'm quite burned out by now.
For the past two years, I've run a very successful business online/from home with new technologies in antiaging/wellness. I'm helping other people run their independent business, and it's a much more interesting way to use languages, while socializing and traveling to various countries, and helping others, which I love.
I'm having a lot of fun and making incomes higher than my already high translation incomes, which have the characteristic that they keep coming in even though I leave on vacations.
And moreover, this industry is growing in times of recession, so I find myself laughing merrily on a daily basis and wondering why so many people still want to stay in the crisis when they can so easily get out of it - whenever somebody wants to join us, I teach them how and help them make a nice income from the very first month.

(I felt I needed to provide this background before giving my actual answer to the poll):
Currently, I take on translation projects only when they are easy, fun, interesting, fairly short, with ample deadline and well-paid.


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Valeria Lagos Gordon Downie
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all of the above is missing too... Apr 2, 2010

For me, it has to be a combination of availability, pricing, subject, volume and deadline. I don't generally take short projects (except from a certain client who sends lots of them every month), and I don't take underpaid projects. And I don't loose sleep over tight deadlines.

By the way, the person who doesn't work for less than $7 per page... should put up his rates! that's less than 3 dollar cents per word! it's ridiculous!


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Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
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other Apr 2, 2010

the required deadline is usually the deciding factor for me, assuming the subject matter is within my area of expertise

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Dawn Montague  Identity Verified
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I put down pricing, but it is much more complex than that Apr 2, 2010

Pricing is only the final step. First it must be a topic in which I specialize and which I am qualified to handle. Even price is more complex because I have different prices for different types of documents. I generally divide them into "relatively easy", "of average difficulty" and "difficult" and then have different per word rates in mind for each. I try to base my prices on a certain expected hourly income. And then the deadline must allow me sufficient time to review my translation before delivering it.

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Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
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Client Apr 2, 2010

I cannot believe that no one has mentioned the relationship with the client yet. Yes, some clients *pay* better than others, but that is only part of the story. I also appreciate good communication, friendly project managers, and swift payment. Add it all together and I will take a job for one client while I may be unavailable for the other at the same (or even higher) rate.

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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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Agree Apr 2, 2010

Jenn Mercer wrote:

I cannot believe that no one has mentioned the relationship with the client yet. Yes, some clients *pay* better than others, but that is only part of the story. I also appreciate good communication, friendly project managers, and swift payment. Add it all together and I will take a job for one client while I may be unavailable for the other at the same (or even higher) rate.


That is why I voted "other": my trusted customers know what I am good at and the subjects I like best, they know my prices and the time I need to deliver a certain volume. The only thing they must hear from me is whether I am available (and willing) or not.
A "good relationship" with PMs and other staff is essential IMHO. The rest - volume, swift payment, friendliness - comes along automatically.
Happy translating!

[Modifié le 2010-04-02 13:15 GMT]


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