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Poll: Would you put more effort into your work if you were to be paid immediately upon delivery?
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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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No Sep 16, 2017

1) I have agreements with all my clients and they always pay exactly on the due date - so it does not affect my "effort"
2) If I accept a job I just do my best


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No Sep 16, 2017

No, it doesn’t come into play. Once I've accepted a job, it´s my responsibility to give it my best shot, irrespective of payment. I do a lot of pro bono work and I devote the same effort to it as if it was paid work. It is a matter of professional pride, I suppose.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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No, but ... Sep 16, 2017

One of my regular clients is now paying within 3 days, and I have to admit it has encouraged me to work faster, if not harder.

I also have to admit that I work harder for my best client, who pays 4 cents more per word than any of the others.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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No Sep 16, 2017

I'm no longer a struggling newby. Nor am I typically grasping by nature or solely motivated by gain. And, thankfully, most of my clients nowadays pay promptly enough for me to be able to pay my bills and meet my other commitments on time. But before I got into full-time translating, I used to work on TEFLA courses for the regional government, and sometimes payment could take over a year to come in, so today I consider myself fortunate.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Maybe, but usually not Sep 16, 2017

I know which clients pay upon delivery (very few), but I have a sort of schedule for my work. As I receive new orders, I organize things, and I usually follow that schedule. But of course if I have a big job and I know the client will pay upon delivery, I might give it a little preference, although this happens like once or twice a year.

 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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Same here Sep 16, 2017

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

One of my regular clients is now paying within 3 days, and I have to admit it has encouraged me to work faster, if not harder.

I also have to admit that I work harder for my best client, who pays 4 cents more per word than any of the others.


It is unpleasant to have to chase clients who pay late or who pay a pittance. So when you have clients who accept a good rate and/or who pay upon receipt of the invoice, you're working with positive energy floating around. Better conditions, better results. Logic. Exactly the same thing here too.


 

Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Canada
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English to French
Yes Sep 16, 2017

I would put in more effort if I didn't have to remind a client that the payment is way over due every single time.
I have a client who pays me immediately, and you can bet I clear my schedule for him. The problem is he has work for me only once a year.


 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
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Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
other Sep 16, 2017

I tend to only work with people I'm sure will pay. Most direct clients pay within a few weeks, agencies drag their feet a bit but they do pay according to their schedule. I will admit to proofreading more for those who pay more.

 

Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
United States
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Portuguese to English
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once upon a time. Sep 16, 2017

I Used to have a client that ALWAYS paid within 24-48 hrs from delivery. they still have a stellar rep and Blueboard record, but they haven sent me work in several years, no idea why, they never complained about my work, just always paid promptly, were always appreciative.
I will say the pleasure of working with such a professional agency, and so prompt in payment was definitely a motivating factor in giving their projects, special care, priority, and attention.


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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In principle No Sep 16, 2017

In reality Yes

 

Toni Faisal  Identity Verified
Indonesia
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Yes Sep 16, 2017

I have a client who always pays me in no time after I delivered a translation. He was the first client of mine. Never thought it would be very awesome long term collaboration with him. It has been 3 years.

 

Eden Cope
United States
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No. Sep 16, 2017

I would absolutely love to get paid immediately upon delivery, but that does not affect the effort I put into a project--I always do my best to produce high-quality work. However, the timing of payments does affect whether I will choose to work with a particular client or agency. Payment two months or more after the delivery of the invoice? No thanks. I'll pass.

 

JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
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No, but it would be nice. Sep 16, 2017

In fact, I kind of like the security of knowing that there's money coming in next month that I've already earned.

-Jane


 

Lenka Červená  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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The same effort, but... Sep 16, 2017

with much more enthusiasm. After a few cases when I was paid some 4-6 months later only and after so many obstructions, I definitely prefer this way. Of course I do not collaborate with these clients anymore.

[Edited at 2017-09-16 19:18 GMT]


 
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