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Poll: In which currency do you usually receive payment?
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Feb 4, 2015

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:01
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Yen Feb 4, 2015

I have a yen for this. icon_smile.gif


Teresa Borges
Local time: 06:01
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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EUR + USD Feb 4, 2015

My main bank account is in EUR, but I also have a special account for payments in USD.


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:01
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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USD Feb 4, 2015

I prefer not to receive EUR because I always seem to lose a lot of money in transit. My bank now charges US$ 45.00 for a wire transfer from Europe, regardless of the amount involved. PayPal is a little better, but I still get hit.

The nice thing about about PayPal is that they exchange any currency and do it quite efficiently, so for currencies other than EUR--Japanese yen, Brazilian réais, etc.--it's the easiest solution, especially for small amounts. (I have two clients in Japan for whom I edit medical papers written in English by non-native speakers.)

Some of my U.S. clients deposit directly to my bank account, which is great, but when that convenience is not available, I prefer a paper check--in USD, of course.


Yvonne Gallagher
Local time: 06:01
Member (2010)
French to English
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85% Euro Feb 4, 2015

and wire transfers with no fee at all are the best way to go. Some wire transfers are in GBP or USD but my bank charges a set fee of €6.50, no matter the amount, for conversion to EUR so not bad.

PayPal is fine but I hate having to pay their fees and I keep separate GBP and USD accounts within PayPal to use for paying for goods in those currencies so I don't have to convert twice


Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:01
Turkish to English
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GBP Feb 4, 2015

Roughly 2/3 GBP, 1/3 EUR. However, with the US dollar going from strength to strength against the euro, I can't help feeling that I will start getting work from the USA again before long.


Yarri K
Burkina Faso
Local time: 06:01
French to English
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National currency pegged to the Euro Feb 4, 2015

I receive most of my payments by international wire transfer in my national currency. As it is pegged to the Euro, I prefer Euro clients to USD-paying clients as there are no exchange rate fluctuations or commissions. Though if the USD rises enough, this might make me more open to USD-payers.


Klára Kalamár  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:01
Member (2010)
English to Hungarian
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20% USD, 80% EUR Feb 4, 2015

Most of my clients are from Europe and they pay by wire transfer (no fees at all for me).
However I have a couple of American customers from whom I receive payments via PayPal.
I do not accept checks because banks charge unreasonable fees and make cashing checks a slow and complicated process here in my country.


Rita Utt  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:01
English to German
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Very interesting Feb 4, 2015

Are most of clients of ProZ translation form Europe ?


Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:01
Italian to English
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euros and occasionally dollars Feb 4, 2015

Rita Utt wrote:

Are most of clients of ProZ translation form Europe ?

No, the Americans are just getting up now ....


Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:01
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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USD, EUR, GBP and DKK Feb 4, 2015

The only problem is that my US clients charge a horrendeous fee for bank transfers (or their financial institutions do)

No, let me precise, not all of them but a few.

[Edited at 2015-02-04 13:05 GMT]

[Edited at 2015-02-04 13:06 GMT]


Thayenga  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:01
Member (2009)
English to German
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EUR & USD Feb 4, 2015

Since these are the only two currencies I accept.icon_smile.gif


DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:01
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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EUR & USD & GBP Feb 4, 2015

I have a separate bank account for each currency.


Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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GBP or bust Feb 4, 2015

I'm in the UK, I'm only little, why should I take the exchange rate hit? No customer has ever objected.


Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:01
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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USD, EUR, CAD, BRL Feb 6, 2015

I receive payments regularly in four currencies, without a defined percentage for each, so I had to choose "other".

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