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Poll: When was the last time you raised your rates?
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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:40
Member (2009)
Spanish to English
2010 Mar 1, 2011

But I never raise rates for existing clients until I have enough new clients at my new rate. A slowly-but-surely approach.

[Edited at 2011-03-01 08:28 GMT]


 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:40
Member
German to English
+ ...
Varies Mar 1, 2011

I don't have one rate across the board, I have various rates for different clients, with the more historical clients on lower rates and higher rates for new clients. I very rarely actually change the rates for existing clients, unless I suddenly see that their rates are way behind the rest.

 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 22:40
Member (2008)
English to Italian
same here Mar 1, 2011

Mary Worby wrote:

I don't have one rate across the board, I have various rates for different clients, with the more historical clients on lower rates and higher rates for new clients. I very rarely actually change the rates for existing clients, unless I suddenly see that their rates are way behind the rest.


 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 22:40
English to French
+ ...
2011 Mar 1, 2011

... for some clients. Will be later (possibly next year) for others. Never all at once.

 

Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
Local time: 23:40
Member (2007)
German to Turkish
+ ...
Raising rates such snowball :)) Mar 1, 2011

Raising rates is difficult...
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1) Some outsourcers / customers raised my rates during 2009, 2010 and actually January 2010.

2) Sometimes i asked for raising transl. rates (2010, January-February 2011) and 45 % of my customers accepted it...

3) ''Raising the rates'' is sometime difficult than to climbing Everest mountain.icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif


Raising rates such snowball is impossible, raising rates such a blob is difficult too (tambien). icon_biggrin.gif IMO
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[Edited at 2011-03-01 09:13 GMT]


 

keelin feeney  Identity Verified
Ireland
Local time: 21:40
Member (2007)
Spanish to English
+ ...
I do the same Mar 1, 2011

Mary Worby wrote:

I don't have one rate across the board, I have various rates for different clients, with the more historical clients on lower rates and higher rates for new clients. I very rarely actually change the rates for existing clients, unless I suddenly see that their rates are way behind the rest.


 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 17:40
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Other = 2010 only in 'foreign' currencies (to me) Mar 1, 2011

My rates in my domestic currency (BRL) have been stable since 1994. Productivity gains from technology advancements have covered inflation so far.

However the US economic crisis led Mr. Obama to lower the USD exchange rate, to make American products more attractive worldwide. I endured all of 2009 with a 20% loss in every foreign job I took, as compared to equivalent work for domestic clients. So in January 2010 I adjusted my international rates in USD by 20%. All clients understood and complied. After all, that's what they would be paying me if I charged them in BRL, the currency I use to pay all my bills.

In sworn translations, rates are statutory, set by the BR government, obviously in BRL. There, such increase was automatic.


 

Joanna Hald  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 22:40
Danish to Polish
+ ...
5 years - 15% inflation Mar 1, 2011

The 1 May I "celebrate" 5 years in my one woman company. In the past 5 years inflation in Poland was 15% but it is only one aspect - other are prices for everything - food, gasoline, electricity, heat, different services (I feel they rise every all the time and much more than 15% during 5 years). The 5th anniversary means new prices.
I'm a little afraid - maybe some customers will drop my services, but my collegues also plan to raise prices. It's about time. Otherwise we will end as highly specialized but cheap workers unable to have even free weekend not to mention vacation.


 

Michaël Temmerman  Identity Verified
Costa Rica
Local time: 14:40
English to Dutch
+ ...
2010 Mar 1, 2011

I moved from Belgium to Costa Rica in January, so I left my rates unchanged this year.

 

Steven Sidore  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:40
Member (2003)
German to English
Rates rise for new customers Mar 1, 2011

I don't tend to raise rates for existing customers as such; I ask new customers to beat the rates my existing customers pay. I don't tell them that, I simply quote them a price a bit higher than what an existing client would get.

If an existing customer is then squeezed out for my time, I let them know such and offer them the chance to match. Some stay, some don't -- although even the ones that go still contact me from time to time with a higher-priced job they need done right.

I prefer this model because it ensures I have a broad base of clients. When things slow down with one client, somebody else always wants my time.


 

Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:40
Member (2005)
German to English
+ ...
with Mary Mar 1, 2011

I have different rates for different clients, with the newer ones usually paying higher rates.

That being said, one of the clients with a higher rate just announced that they would be paying in 60 days instead of 30. Which is fine for them, but does put them last in my list of agencies I want to work for.


 

Yvonne Becker  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:40
English to Spanish
+ ...
High Inflation Mar 1, 2011

We have an yearly inflation of about 27%, so I increase rates about twice a year, most of the times once at the start of the new year.

 

Aisha Prigann  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:40
Spanish to English
+ ...
2008 Mar 2, 2011

I haven't raised my overall rates since the onset of the economic crisis. I also have different rates, depending on the type of client and how long we've been working together. Some of the ideas/models presented in this forum for gradually introducing rate increases are very interesting. Thank you!

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:40
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
2010 Mar 2, 2011

My best clients raised them for me.

 
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