Poll: Do you usually charge rush fees?
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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Yes, sometimes Aug 8, 2016

Usually it is the client who offers it to get it done fast ...

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Yes - when I can get away with it Aug 8, 2016

I have clients that automatically add a 30% rush fee based on certain criteria. With others, I bring the subject up and sometimes they agree to a small amount (not usually as much as 30%). Sometimes they don't. That may enter into my decision to accept a job or not.

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Teresa Borges
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Yes, sometimes! Aug 8, 2016

I’m not asked rush jobs very often, but, if it is a new client, I always ask a rush fee of 30-50% (if they accept or not it’s another matter)…

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Not "usually". Only when I think it's due.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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nice question Aug 8, 2016

do you USUALLY charge....

yes SOMETIMES
yes ALWAYS
no NEVER

just to be a bit fussy - the use of adverbs here is a bit weird...


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Depends on the customer / volume

But generally not for my "good customers" because they offer it anyway.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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She never met an adverb she didn't love Aug 8, 2016

neilmac wrote:

Not "usually". Only when I think it's due.


Well said, you win the Internet today.



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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Fussy is good; sloppy writing is always bad Aug 8, 2016

Here we are, professional translators (or interpreters, or both). Yet some of us think we stop being translators when we write a rushed email or tweet, or (mis)formulate a poll question.

The question should read (among other options) Do you charge rush fees? The “usually” is not only unnecessary but betrays distracted thinking (I'm being nice).

In unrelated news, The Most Interesting Man in the World was heard say I don't usually drink beer, but when I do, I choose Dos Equis…minus the pesky adverb.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Aug 8, 2016

If the volume in the period exceeds the volume agreed per day, yes I do.

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Bora Tasdemir  Identity Verified
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I don't accept rush projects Aug 9, 2016

I generally avoid rush projects since the quality won't be optimal. I rarely accept them - only in the event of urgency and don't charge rush fees...

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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nobody is perfect Aug 9, 2016

Mario Chavez wrote:

Here we are, professional translators (or interpreters, or both). Yet some of us think we stop being translators when we write a rushed email or tweet, or (mis)formulate a poll question.

The question should read (among other options) Do you charge rush fees? The “usually” is not only unnecessary but betrays distracted thinking (I'm being nice).

In unrelated news, The Most Interesting Man in the World was heard say I don't usually drink beer, but when I do, I choose Dos Equis…minus the pesky adverb.


Dear Mario, you forget that everyone has the right to create a poll question but not everyone is specialised in English. There are a bunch of other languages so please do not discourage the asker.
No one is perfect
nobodyisperfect

[Edited at 2016-08-09 10:26 GMT]


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