Poll: Do you advertise your rates in your profile, on your website, etc.?
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Jul 22, 2013

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you advertise your rates in your profile, on your website, etc.?".

This poll was originally submitted by Daniel Salinero. View the poll results »



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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Yes, definitely Jul 22, 2013

On my website, yes.

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes. Jul 22, 2013

It saves a lot of embarrassment for all parties involved.

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Juha Uusikartano  Identity Verified
Finland
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Yes? Jul 22, 2013

Is there any particular reason not post your rates in your profile?

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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes, there is... Jul 22, 2013

Because I charge direct clients a minimum of .22 cents a word and I wouldn't want them to see my (lower) rate for agencies.


Juha Uusikartano wrote:

Is there any particular reason not post your rates in your profile?


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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Yes ... Jul 22, 2013

I have stated my rates on my profile here - it seems logical to me to do so, but I doubt much notice is taken. As meanwhile, I was just asked to quote my 'crisis rate' for a project - what does that mean?

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 21:50
Member (2006)
German to English
No Jul 22, 2013

because I do not have / need my own website. I do state them here though.

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No Jul 22, 2013

My rates are variable: the rate I charge for an embolectomy catheter instructions is not the same as for a gastronomy article, for obvious reasons. So, each job is quoted on a case by case basis.

PS This is exactly the same answer I gave to a very similar question posted the 4th Sept. 2012 (http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/231976-poll:_do_you_display_your_rates_publicly.html)


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Likewise, but ... Jul 22, 2013

Teresa Borges wrote:

My rates are variable: the rate I charge for an embolectomy catheter instructions is not the same as for a gastronomy article, for obvious reasons. So, each job is quoted on a case by case basis.

PS This is exactly the same answer I gave to a very similar question posted the 4th Sept. 2012 (http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/231976-poll:_do_you_display_your_rates_publicly.html)


I have the same policy, and my rates are quoted in three bands, depending on the kind of text, and the band for the most difficult kinds of texts has a range of rates rather than a single rate. Even so, this gives potential clients a fair idea of my charging policy.


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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
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No... Jul 22, 2013

As others have already stated, we offer translation for a wide variety of markets and price ranges. I'm not going to charge a person that sends me their immigration paperwork the same price that I charge a company.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Why I don't publish my translation rates Jul 22, 2013

Juha Uusikartano wrote:

Is there any particular reason not post your rates in your profile?


The market or markets in which I decide to work determine my fees and rates, with a little upward nudge on my part. But I never publish those fees or rates because I negotiate on a per-project and per-client basis.

Why? Because I strive to build a business relationship with each client, which calls for confidential negotiations of rates.


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 04:50
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Why I don't publish my translation rates: Part II Jul 23, 2013

Rates fluctuate because of the following factors as outlined in my CV:

Factors Influencing Price (Regular and Discounted)
• Difficulty (thesis, technical publication/announcement, press release vs. instruction manual, installation manual, etc.)
• Continuity of work with the client (one-off, occasional job vs. regular monthly work on a long-term basis)
• Volume (100s of pages vs. 1000s of pages)
• Budgetary restraints (one lump sum payment for entire project vs. word-for-word, piece rate payment)
• Job specifications (customer requirements such as adherence to word lists, legacy translation, reference materials, and/or style sheets and other preferences)
• Format of source Japanese document (Word or tagged files, PowerPoint presentation/Excel format, etc.)
• Customer delivery schedule (rushed vs. leisurely pace, and weekend/public holiday work)

Like Mario

"I strive to build a business relationship with each client, which calls for confidential negotiations of rates."

[Edited at 2013-07-23 07:51 GMT]


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Yes Jul 23, 2013

I publish the range of my higher rates for direct clients on my ProZ page but not on my website. I think it's a good policy to show people the rates I can command. Then if I give them a break, they'll be happy. I mainly work for direct clients (mostly international organizations, whose rates are dictated by broad negotiations for the entire United Nations system and/or a complex formula).

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Aditya Ikhsan Prasiddha  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 02:50
Member (2012)
English to Indonesian
No Sep 10, 2013

Because I learned that new customers tend to push you into accepting your lowest possible rate even though the material calls for a higher rate.

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