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Poll: In general, how long between submitting your quote on a job and the start of work on that job?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "In general, how long between submitting your quote on a job and the start of work on that job?".

This poll was originally submitted by Ruth Sato. View the poll results »



 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Other May 14

If possible, I start on it as soon as I receive the source text.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Other May 14

In my book, submitting a quote doesn't equate to being chosen for that job.

How long? Let’s say everything from a few minutes to… never!

P.S. Anyway, my customers don't ask me to submit quotes. They just ask if I am available to handle a specific project and what will be the deadline.

[Edited at 2018-05-14 08:44 GMT]


 

Morano El-Kholy  Identity Verified
Egypt
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Yes, it may take ages to receive a possible response! May 14

Definitely, I agree with Teresa Borges.

You can not tell when this will occur! Surely, it's your luck icon_smile.gif


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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1 - 2 days May 14

on average.

But most clients already know my rates.


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
Other May 14

I don't submit quotes because my clients and I have already signed contracts and rates are fixed, until I renegotiate them, of course. So, all they have to do is to send me an inquiry as to my availability together with the data to be translated, and I'm either busy or not and negotiate a deadline.
This obviates the need for any contractual haggling and does away with the stress and strain of negotiating rates, price, etc. icon_smile.gif


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2008)
English to Italian
other May 14

I have fixed rates with my clients, we do not work with quotes.
Simply they send me jobs they need and I accept/decline according to deadlines and any jobs I already have to do.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other May 14

Same as Jack. ASAP after I receive the source text and go-ahead.

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
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French to English
depends on the size of the job May 14

I would say that the larger the job, the longer it takes. The estimate I did this morning was approved within 2 minutes, but the translation won't take much longer than that!

 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Absolute random May 14

Some clients confirm the order immediately upon receiving my cost estimate, by phone or e-mail.

On the other extreme, there are those who don't respond at all, even if I requested an e-mail receipt confirmation. Depending on the case, I'll send them another e-mail 1-4 weeks later, merely checking whether they received my estimate, and if they have already hired someone else to do it, so I can delete their files. Some don't respond to this one either.

I keep a policy of deleting all files sent to me for cost estimates 30 days after they haven't converted into a job, unless the prospect has instructed/implied to do otherwise.

Sometimes, up to 18 months later, I get a phone call or e-mail:
"Hello Jose, I'm Jill. Do you remember me?"
"I'm sorry, but quite honestly I don't."
"I sent you a bunch of files for a cost estimate last year. Can you give me an update on how much that translation would cost now? I want you to do it!"

Some ask me if "I'm still translating", implying that it's the kind of work people only do between one full-time job and another.


 

ventnai  Identity Verified
Spain
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Too late May 14

It completely depends on the agreed deadline and other work I have. My jobs tend to be relatively small, so I slot things in as best as I can. Anyway, I'll generally start on newly assigned jobs at the first opportunity.

[Edited at 2018-05-14 11:36 GMT]

[Edited at 2018-05-14 11:37 GMT]


 

Eden Cope
United States
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Other - Depends on the time of day May 14

Because I am in the US right now and a lot of the companies I work with are in Europe, I often send quotes late at night and don't start the project until the morning. That makes it rather annoying when there are tight deadlines just a few hours from when the project is sent, because then I have to turn the project down. I'm not going to stay up all night and turn in a project at 5 am.
I am always impressed when companies have reasonable deadlines because they are aware of how time zones would complicate things otherwise. It's much more professional.

[Edited at 2018-05-14 15:21 GMT]


 

Katja Schoone  Identity Verified
Germany
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Same here May 14

Julian Holmes wrote:

I don't submit quotes because my clients and I have already signed contracts and rates are fixed, until I renegotiate them, of course. So, all they have to do is to send me an inquiry as to my availability together with the data to be translated, and I'm either busy or not and negotiate a deadline.
This obviates the need for any contractual haggling and does away with the stress and strain of negotiating rates, price, etc. icon_smile.gif


 

Kirsten Lukas
Germany
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Member
French to German
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I agree with Teresa and Julian! May 15

Teresa Borges wrote:

In my book, submitting a quote doesn't equate to being chosen for that job.

How long? Let’s say everything from a few minutes to… never!

P.S. Anyway, my customers don't ask me to submit quotes. They just ask if I am available to handle a specific project and what will be the deadline.

[Edited at 2018-05-14 08:44 GMT]


 

Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
France
Member (2006)
French to Hindi
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Submitting a quote does not mean having job job May 15

Teresa Borges wrote:

In my book, submitting a quote doesn't equate to being chosen for that job.

How long? Let’s say everything from a few minutes to… never!

P.S. Anyway, my customers don't ask me to submit quotes. They just ask if I am available to handle a specific project and what will be the deadline.

[Edited at 2018-05-14 08:44 GMT]


I agree with Teresa.

If I submit a quote that does not mean that I have been chosen.

My old clients never ask for a new quote online. They know my rates.

So this is not at all a valid question for those clients.


 
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