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Poll: Do you prefer working with foreign or domestic clients?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you prefer working with foreign or domestic clients?".

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 10:14
Spanish to English
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Domestic Nov 5, 2015

I.e. clients based in Spain, the same as me, so that if they ever try to stiff me I can go round and see them in person...

 

Andrea Garfield-Barkworth  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 10:14
Member (2015)
German to English
As long as they pay on time.. Nov 5, 2015

... I don't really notice any difference.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:14
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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No preference at all Nov 5, 2015

As long as they pay me and come back with more business, I don't care where they are based or what currency they use.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 09:14
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No preference whatsoever! Nov 5, 2015

Location is never a problem… Interesting projects, nice communication, good rates, timely payment and a steady flow of work that’s all I want!

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 10:14
Member (2006)
German to English
Same here Nov 5, 2015

Teresa Borges wrote:

Location is never a problem… Interesting projects, nice communication, good rates, timely payment and a steady flow of work that’s all I want!


Although foreign payments are better as I do not have to mess around with paying the tax office the 19%VAT every month - that costs me about €1500 / year for my accountant to deal with.


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Foreign Nov 5, 2015

No brainer, Scandi customers pay 50-100% more than UK customers.

They're also more rewarding. Because they understand both the source and the target language, they're more discerning and appreciative. That said, they can also be unbelievably picky.

[Edited at 2015-11-05 10:17 GMT]


 

Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 10:14
Member (2013)
German to Italian
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Foreign Nov 5, 2015

90% of the time they pay much more than Italian ones.

 

tilak raj  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 13:44
Member (2012)
English to Panjabi
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Of course who pays good Nov 5, 2015

the clients who pays good for work. I work for that client whether it be foreign or domestic.

 

ventnai  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 10:14
Member
German to English
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clients in other countries Nov 5, 2015

I prefer clients in other countries as they are usually more organised and pay better. If a Spanish company offers me the same rate, I will take projects from them, although they often want things yesterday.

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 10:14
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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Domestic Nov 5, 2015

Chris S wrote:

No brainer, Scandi customers pay 50-100% more than UK customers.

They're also more rewarding. Because they understand both the source and the target language, they're more discerning and appreciative. That said, they can also be unbelievably picky.


... because I live in Scandinavia.

Nevertheless, I am working right now for a very sympathetic new client in the UK who agreed to my Scandinavian rate without blinking, and did not even ask about Trados discounts. As there are about 20% repetitions and it is a large job, I will probably give him a reduction and hope he comes again!

No generalisations without exceptions. They definitely exist.


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:14
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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Foreign ... Nov 5, 2015

I am based in Greece, the general economic situation here is well known.
I only continue to work for a handful of Greek clients. The other have fallen by the wayside, for various reasons, whether due to declining rates, poor payment practices, lack of available work, disappearance, etc.
I work almost exclusively with foreign clients now.


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 10:14
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Foreign Nov 5, 2015

My best clients are located overseas

 

564354352 (X)  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 10:14
Danish to English
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Domestic Nov 5, 2015

Chris S wrote:

No brainer, Scandi customers pay 50-100% more than UK customers.

They're also more rewarding. Because they understand both the source and the target language, they're more discerning and appreciative. That said, they can also be unbelievably picky.


My thoughts exactly...


I hardly ever have to discuss prices with Danish clients, whereas British clients are notorious for saying, "your price is a bit high, would you be willing to go down to xx?" The answer is always, always, "no, I would not". My prices are already at the low end of the Danish market, and in fact, I am thinking of increasing them in the new year.

As for communication and collaboration, I don't see any difference. If anything, British clients are often more polite and friendly than Danish clients...


 

Chie. I  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 17:14
Member (2013)
English to Japanese
+ ...
Not about countries Nov 5, 2015

Since I work in source-foreign and target-mother tongue pair, client speaks source-foreign language so it leads that foreign agencies / clients are (at least supposed to be) closer to end client and this is convenient when asking questions or making queries.


I also enjoy slight cultural difference by making a world-go-around on ProZ.


With source-target agencies, we can talk to them by our mother tongues
so if you are arguing over complicated issue this would save a bit of time for spell-checking.

Ideally PM should speak either of the languages in the working language pair. Otherwise explanation is going to be a bit difficult at times.


 
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