Poll: Do you display your rates publicly in your profile?
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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Of course Jun 1, 2015

There's not much point in hiding them, they'll find out sooner or later...

And it helps weed out the bottom-feeders


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Jun 1, 2015

I had to check, but what I've posted on my proz profile is "Fees vary according to text complexity and formats."
I suppose should have mentioned deadlines too, as I'm more likely to look favourably on projects with reasonable deadlines.


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Vera Schoen  Identity Verified
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Yes Jun 1, 2015

Saves everyone time. However: it is my standard rate and isn't set in stone.

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Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
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No Jun 1, 2015

I don't, because I don't have standard rates, which in turn is due to the massive gap between my two main target markets, i.e. Switzerland and Italy. My average rates for Swiss customers would be inconceivably high for prospective Italian customers, while my average rate for Italian customers would make me look like a newbie (or worse) to prospective Swiss customers.

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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No Jun 1, 2015

I have different rates for different clients and types of jobs.
It would be too complicated to show on my profile.

For new clients I quote a rate depending on who and where they are, and especially what kind of job they are proposing and whether I have time or want to scare them off! Private individuals with a one-off job are often interesting, and I have to remember that they have to pay 25% VAT, so it will be expensive for them. Business is business with agencies, and has to be run at a viable level.

I have learnt, however, that if I mean no, because I don't want the job or can't do it, then I have to say no straight out, especially if the deadline is too tight to search long for another translator.

If I have quoted high, then at least it educates the client about what to expect. I can afford to negotiate and round down slightly if necessary.


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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No, but why not? Jun 1, 2015

I suppose you mean on this Proz.com profile?
I had to check and found that my rates were not displayed, but there is a link to my website, where my rates are public.

When I first joined Proz.com I just did like the majority and concealed my rates, but actually, there is no reason to do that.

I don't believe all this secrecy - also among colleagues - serves our purposes, on the contrary.

Some translators say we should do it to avoid being accused of forming cartels, but I totally disagree with that.

It's just like going to the store to buy something, the price is there for everyone to see - at least in my country.

Also, I find too much negotiating is a waste of time and I don't differentiate much between urgency, type of client, subject matter or any other matters...

[Edited at 2015-06-01 12:23 GMT]

[Edited at 2015-06-01 12:29 GMT]


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Georgie Scott  Identity Verified
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No, just because they vary Jun 1, 2015

I prefer to be open about rates. It helps give everyone a more realistic picture of the market.

But my rates really do vary from project to project; that's the only hard-and-fast rule, so it's the only one I post.

Even my minimum rates vary. I don't, for example, have a minimum rate for clients I work with on a regular basis.


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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
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No, but I will Jun 1, 2015

I don't, but they're on my website for all to see, so I might as well make them public from now on. The client will find out eventually, as others have said.

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Hear, hear! Jun 1, 2015

[quote]interpretwhisky wrote:

I prefer to be open about rates. It helps give everyone a more realistic picture of the market.



FINAL NOTE:
I forgot to mention that I sometimes tell potentiel clients, when they try to get a better rate, that we also have to 'localize' prices.
And I happen to live in a country with very high income tax and living expenses.

[Edited at 2015-06-02 06:48 GMT]

[Edited at 2015-06-02 06:51 GMT]


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I have set some rates to be visible to outsourcers on my profile Jun 1, 2015

As a compromise, I have set mine to be visible to outsourcers.

I am not sure exactly how it works, but it does seem to weed out some of the 'best rate' enquiries. I don't get too many of those.


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Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
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Thought it would weed out bottom-feeders Jun 1, 2015

Chris S wrote:

There's not much point in hiding them, they'll find out sooner or later...

And it helps weed out the bottom-feeders
'

But it doesn't always work, bottom-feeders aren't very proficient readers...


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes Jun 1, 2015

Not that it stops outsourcers from trying to talk me down!

If I decide to give someone a break, at least they will appreciate it.


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Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Poland
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Nope, not any more Jun 9, 2015

I don't want to make my Polish clients think I'll charge them the rates I use with e.g. UK or US clients, which are twice larger (but the difference in national average salaries between the US/UK and Poland is 400%), and I don't want prospects from Western Europe, North America, UAE, Taiwan etc. to think they can pay 'Polish rates'.

This is not properly a secret, but I don't want to spend time explaining or defending it.

I don't necessarily want direct clients to know how much agencies pay and vice versa, either.

What else? I don't want to end up debarred from claiming higher offered budgets than the rates I usually charge, and I sometimes don't want people to know how much lower their fixed budgets are than my regular rates.

[Edited at 2015-06-09 01:51 GMT]


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