Poll: If you had to, which type of client would you choose between these two:
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "If you had to, which type of client would you choose between these two:".

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Teresa Borges
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If I had to choose Jul 25, 2015

between the two, I'll go every time with the first choice:
Higher rates: are always welcome!
Tight deadlines: it depends on what tight means exactly and deadlines can be negotiated!
Weekend work: I do it quite often anyway and I prefer taking days off when everyone else is "busy"...

P.S. I should add that as a service provider I'm the one stating the price for a particular job and not the client...

[Edited at 2015-07-25 08:59 GMT]


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Markus Perndl
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I prefer high rates, generous deadlines and office hours. Why should this be a contradiction?

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Higher rates, tight deadlines, work on weekends Jul 25, 2015

That's my modus operandi.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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I habitually work weekends and 99% of the time it doesn't bother me. My only problem with tight deadlines is that I need to accommodate my loyal, long-standing regular clients and when 2 or 3 of them appear at the same time with "urgent" requests, it can get a bit hectic.

My ideal client would be one that factored in translation time when planning (if they do actually plan things) their materials, and that made sure the texts were translated BEFORE putting them into a shiny yet largely unworkable PDF format. Obviously high rates, prompt payment and flexible deadlines would be nice too, but you can't have the moon on a stick, at least not around here.


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patriciacharnet  Identity Verified
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lower rates better deadlines office hours Jul 25, 2015

but that's because I do a lot of interpreting so it's easier to manage, and I've got the weekends to catch up with the translations if need be

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Not lower rates Jul 25, 2015

Accepting lower rates means working more hours for the same income, e. g. including weekends. So it's better to choose the higher rates and work on weekends (which I do anyway), and keep on one's toes regarding the tight deadlines.

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564354352  Identity Verified
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Other Jul 25, 2015

Decent rates (MY rates)
Appropriate deadlines
Reasonable working hours

I.e. I'd opt for a professional agreement any time...

Weird question


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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My view exactly! Jul 25, 2015

Gitte Hovedskov, MCIL wrote:
Decent rates (MY rates)
Appropriate deadlines
Reasonable working hours

I.e. I'd opt for a professional agreement any time...

Weird question

My rates are reasonable but they only relate to reasonable demands. If a client wants their particular job to jump the queue and/or expects me to take nothing more than minimum comfort breaks or to work outside normal working hours, then that client will have to pay a higher rate. That doesn't prevent me from choosing to work odd hours when it suits me, or helping regular clients out at no extra charge if I feel it's appropriate.

Actually, if some of the 'offers' I receive are representative, it's more normal for LOW rates to go hand in hand with tight deadlines. When your 'agency' client is third in line, there's little left for the translator in terms of money or time.


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I definitely agree with Gitte too Jul 25, 2015

However, to answer the question, as a regular state of affairs I would generally prefer medium good rates and feasible deadlines, though not necessarily office hours, over tight deadlines and weekend work no matter how high the rates.

It would mean that sometimes I would simply turn down the jobs - as I did ten days ago, in spite of an offer of an extra bonus for weekend work. I often have other things to do with my weekends and I need to recuperate after a burst of rushed activity. Both were the case just then.

The overall earnings are probably better at the regular, steady rate, provided the rates are reasonable.

The quality of the output is definitely better when there is time to 'sleep on it' and check again before delivering a job.


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Georgia Morgan  Identity Verified
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no problem with weekends Jul 25, 2015

I hate "tight deadlines" because I hate to panic, when I realise, for example, that something is harder then I thought it would be, or that there weird formatting thingies. Working at weekends, however, is not a problem at all. I prefer to have time off during the week. Films are cheaper, dentists are available, beaches are not so crowded.......

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Incomplete, rather than weird Jul 25, 2015

Gitte Hovedskov, MCIL wrote:

Decent rates (MY rates)
Appropriate deadlines
Reasonable working hours

I.e. I'd opt for a professional agreement any time...

Weird question


The question assumes an either/or, black-or-white, for-us-or-against-us mentality. Humans have thoughts richer than that.

Agreed. Decent rates, negotiable and reasonable demands on deadlines and working hours.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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This is not an actual choice, Jul 26, 2015

It's our routine: reasonable rates, tight deadline, work on weekends, term for payment longer that we would like.

[Edited at 2015-07-26 23:05 GMT]


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