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Poll: Do you offer discounts for large projects?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you offer discounts for large projects?".

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to English
Depends Mar 28, 2011

on the customer and the terms of payment

 

Ekaterina Chashnikova  Identity Verified
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No Mar 28, 2011

But I may agree with a discount proposed by a client (depending on the client and the project).

 

Tatty  Identity Verified
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Spanish to English
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No Mar 28, 2011

I certainly do not. If there is an agency involved they can give clients any discounts they want, but I won't accept to work for any less than my rate.

 

xxxInterlangue
Angola
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English to French
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No Mar 28, 2011

I did once, about 15 years ago, and ended up refusing full rate work (even from the same agency) while the big project lasted.

 

Cristina Saur  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to German
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No Mar 28, 2011

One could argue (at least that's what many agencies do) that big/long-term projects supposedly generate income stability for a certain time, they do not require as much research as several short projects as you get familiar with the subject, etc.
For me, however, the job doesn't get easier just because it has a large volume, as coherence and cohesion, etc. are more difficult to monitor. Moreover, with large projects I often find myself having to reject other customers.


 

Liliana Galiano
Argentina
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English to Spanish
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It depends. Mar 28, 2011

For me it depends on the client and the nature of the project, if it is long but does not require specialized knowledge and vocabulary I can give a discount.

 

Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
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Depends on volume Mar 28, 2011

My policy:

1-) up to 10.000 w --> no discount

2-) 30.000 w --> discount

3-) > 50.000 w ---> more discount


Anadolu'dan selamlar
Saludos desde Anatolia




[Edited at 2011-03-28 12:29 GMT]


 

amurati
Local time: 01:30
English to Albanian
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Same for me Mar 28, 2011

Adnan Özdemir wrote:

My policy:

1-) up to 10.000 w --> no discount

2-) 30.000 w --> discount

3-) > 50.000 w ---> more discount


Anadolu'dan selamlar
Saludos desde Anatolia




[Edited at 2011-03-28 12:29 GMT]


 

TAKAKO CN6YR
Japan
Local time: 08:30
Russian to Japanese
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Not voluntarily Mar 28, 2011

If an agent asks me to discount my rate, I may consider about this. As others say, it really depends on an agent and a contract condition.

 

Yvonne Becker  Identity Verified
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English to Spanish
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No Mar 28, 2011

I have been asked by clients to give them a better rate for large projects, but they are not willing to give me reasonable deadline. They expect me to work extra hours and weekends to deliver the job on time and additionally want a discount. In such cases, I even charge extra. I constantly have to tell them that I don't work like a photocopy machine; that larger projects imply more effort for me.

An example: I am currently working on a large project, but the original text is basically a list of products (very technical terminology, with almost no context and in different areas of specialization). I haven't slept and haven't left the house in almost three weeks and am still struggling to meet the deadline. Is it fair to work for a lower rate just because the project is large? I say no.


 

Andrea Munhoz  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Yes Mar 28, 2011

I said "Yes", but actually I have different prices per source words for different amount of words. It's how I work independent on the client. Of course, if the client has a close budget which is higher than my usually quote, I won't objecticon_smile.gif

 

Mara Ballarini  Identity Verified
Australia
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Member (2006)
English to Italian
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No Mar 29, 2011

exactly for the same reasons as Cristina

Cristina Saur wrote:

One could argue (at least that's what many agencies do) that big/long-term projects supposedly generate income stability for a certain time, they do not require as much research as several short projects as you get familiar with the subject, etc.
For me, however, the job doesn't get easier just because it has a large volume, as coherence and cohesion, etc. are more difficult to monitor. Moreover, with large projects I often find myself having to reject other customers.


 

gad
United States
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Member
French to English
No Mar 29, 2011

I have never offered, but I did once accept a discount for a large project since the agency insisted. I will never do that again. I don't mind explaining to them that it's certainly not less work for me.

 

Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 01:30
Italian to English
Large projects can get in the way Mar 29, 2011

Cristina Saur wrote:

One could argue (at least that's what many agencies do) that big/long-term projects supposedly generate income stability for a certain time,



I don't generally deal with agencies. My regular income derives from publishers and other direct clients who send me work on a daily, monthly or annual basis.



they do not require as much research as several short projects as you get familiar with the subject, etc.



If you aren't already familiar with the subject, premium clients are unlikely to seek you out.



For me, however, the job doesn't get easier just because it has a large volume, as coherence and cohesion, etc. are more difficult to monitor.



Consistency can be an issue but this has more to do with choosing your text management tools and organising your workflow (and sticking to it!) than project size.



Moreover, with large projects I often find myself having to reject other customers.



This is the big problem. There is an opportunity cost in lost work from regular clients to many large projects, particularly the ones with over-optimistic deadlines. It's prudent to demand a premium rate for very big jobs.

If you are unable to impose a rate, specialise. The more you specialise, the less easy it is for clients to replace you.


 
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