Poll: Have you ever refused to take on a project because of the payment method?
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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Yes, a few times Mar 2, 2013

In general, I decline payment by check from the U.S.A. because of the extremely high fees involved, consequently refusing the project. And personal checks are an absolute no-go.

Other than this, I'm pretty "flexible".icon_smile.gif


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Only once Mar 2, 2013

They could only pay me via Moneybookers and for some reason I was unable to open an account at the time.

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Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
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Yes Mar 2, 2013

This week I received a job offer. The payment terms was 60 days after receipt of the invoice. The invoices would be sent first electronically to the PM. After approval from the PM, a paper invoice would be sent by snail mail. I believe this means payment 90 or more days after delivering of the job.

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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
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frequently Mar 2, 2013

I don't accept PayPal, Moneybookers or other webmonies altogether. With a new client I would not agree on doing a large project with delayed payment.

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Teresa Borges
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Same here! Mar 2, 2013

Alexander Kondorsky wrote:

I don't accept PayPal, Moneybookers or other webmonies altogether. With a new client I would not agree on doing a large project with delayed payment.


... and, like Thayenga, I decline payment by cheque from the U.S.A. because of the extremely high fees involved and I do not accept personal cheques.



[Edited at 2013-03-02 17:34 GMT]


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Anna Sylvia Villegas Carvallo
Mexico
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Some of them... Mar 2, 2013

I decline:
1. Payment by check from the U.S.A. (more than calendar 20 days to get cleared and, if so, with high fees).
2. Payment 60 days "net" (meaning 90-100 days "net" usually).
3. Payment by Moneybookers (too many conditions to withdraw my money, if I'm lucky).

In my opinion, the best way is a wire transfer directly to your bank account, especially for payments higher than 500 dollars. For less than that, I've been using PayPal for many years without any problem.

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[Edited at 2013-03-03 02:26 GMT]


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Between occasionally and frequently Mar 2, 2013

Methods: I reject cheques, except for French ones in EUR and British ones in GBP, as those are acceptable to my banks - they take a little longer to clear but there's no charge; web-based methods and other non-bank transfers, with the exception of PayPal and MoneyBookers.

Currencies: I reject anything other than EUR, GBP and USD. I think 3 currencies gives enough flexibility and ask the client to pay in one of those. For a one-off job, I'd be prepared to convert my quote to their local currency, add processing costs and then request immediate settlement before the exchange rate alters significantly. But I'd never quote in another currency as so much can happen between quoting and being paid.

Terms: I reject anything more than 60 days out of hand, and only accept over 30 days month end if there are good reasons to.

But these things are often open to negotiation, even if the client at first says "We pay...". And during negotiations you get a good chance to get a feel for the company. I go a lot by that "feel".icon_wink.gif


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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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The black dog Mar 2, 2013

Yes, I listened and listened, then I said "ciao" while laughing.

"Well, once we have the translation you will send via e-mail, you MUST visit our offices (in the other part of the city....2 hours to get and 2 more hours to come back), yes, do you remember where is the Aztec Stadium?, OK, you keep driving 15 minutes, until you see the black dog in the Chinese restaurant, don't worry, "El Negro" is always there, it doesn't move, but no, no, it's not there, turn right and in the tiny green door of the yellow house you knock 3 times and then Don Martín will receive you, he will pay you".

I don't know if Salvador Dalí visited Mexico but I think Paypal or bank transfers are better than the black dog way.



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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Credit/debit cards? Mar 2, 2013

I've been seeing a lot of companies making apps for smart phones that come with a credit card reader, even Paypal has one. Do any of you take credit/debit card payments?

I have a few local clients that I could charge this way, since it's a lot more convenient than checks or cash when dealing with a client in person.

Any thoughts?


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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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French agencies Mar 2, 2013

Agencies in France offer 60 days end of the month as standard payment terms and have the audacity to delay beyond (usually maintaining that the reason is that their client has not paid on time). If an agent is there, then there is no privity of contract between the translator and the end client; both have privity of contract with the agent. I work with agencies about once every 3 years and never on terms beyond 30 days. With direct clients, it is payment upon receipt of invoice and my account is generally credited within 10-15 days.

I prefer bank transfer. I accept cheques in EUR, GBP or CHF. I also accept PayPal. Nothing else.

[Edited at 2013-03-02 21:44 GMT]


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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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Payment terms beyond 30 days Mar 2, 2013

I systematically reject terms longer than 30 days, and if no agreement is found, I refuse the job.

I am not a bank.

I would also refuse payment by cheque or other expensive payment method, if I had to pay the expense.


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Dmitry Kornyukhov  Identity Verified
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No for 60 days net Mar 2, 2013

I'm quite flexible with payment methods except for cheques due to higher fees. However I don't work with those clients who offer 60 days net. Every time I ask them one simple question: how often do you receive your pay-cheque? Twice a month? Then why am I supposed to wait for my payment much longer than that? The reason I'm working is because I've got to pay my fees. Rent, Internet, food, school, etc. I doubt that my landlord will be happy with 60 net terms. Simple as that.

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Annie Sapucaia  Identity Verified
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Having this problem now May 8

Dmitry Kornyukhov wrote:

I'm quite flexible with payment methods except for cheques due to higher fees. However I don't work with those clients who offer 60 days net. Every time I ask them one simple question: how often do you receive your pay-cheque? Twice a month? Then why am I supposed to wait for my payment much longer than that? The reason I'm working is because I've got to pay my fees. Rent, Internet, food, school, etc. I doubt that my landlord will be happy with 60 net terms. Simple as that.


I'm currently going through this because one of my main agency clients just changed their payment terms from NET30 to NET60 (they were acquired by a larger company). I find it immensely unfair that suddenly, after 4 years of working regularly with this agency, I suddenly have to wait much longer to get back. Sigh.


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