Poll: Do you charge fees for late payment?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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No Jul 8

Others can do what they like. They don't need my approval, nor I theirs.

 

Jean Dimitriadis  Identity Verified
France
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Member
English to French
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Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt Jul 8

Do you charge interest or penalty fees for late payments?
- https://www.proz.com/polls/18452

[Edited at 2019-07-08 08:35 GMT]


 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:36
Member (2012)
French to English
N/A Jul 8

It hasn't happened yet. If/when it does, I won't charge extra - too much hassle.

Christine Andersen
neilmac
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jul 8

All my old-standing clients pay as agreed and they form my client base. If a new client doesn’t, I will nag them until they pay and will not work for them again. I must say also that I never accept huge jobs from first-time clients, unless they are well-known organizations. I’ve just looked at my records and the last reminder I’ve sent was in 2016. In over 30 years, I faced 5 serious non-payment issues (in 2 instances I had to hire a lawyer, the others were small amounts).

neilmac
Philip Lees
Eckhard Boehle
 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Member (2003)
Danish to English
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No Jul 8

It doesn't happen often, but in practically all cases a reminder is followed up with a meek apology and money in the bank straight away. The less hassle the better!

Eoghan McMonagle
Edith van der Have-Raats
Teresa Borges
Els Govaerts
Philippe Etienne
neilmac
Gibril Koroma
 

Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 00:36
Member (2016)
English to Dutch
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No ... Jul 8

... as they would be too hard to actually get paid, and they would make bookkeeping more complex. First of all, I check all clients on beforehand - really effective because only a small minority of them pay too late - and second of all I have an efficient procedure to handle late payments. Up to now, all clients have paid me eventually, even without a debt collection agency or legal steps.

Liena Vijupe
Els Govaerts
Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 18:36
Member (2004)
English to French
For deliquent clients Jul 8

I had two agencies taking forever to pay and they were large sums. I started charging late fees. One agency dumped me (they sent me lots of work before I started charging fees) and I dumped the other one.

Diana Obermeyer
 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 00:36
Member
English to French
No Jul 8

Late payments used to happen, and I never charged interest. I only used to grumble.
But I don't want to be a cashflow safety net to needy or careless clients. Over the years I have managed to replace late payers who systematically needed reminders with clients who pay when agreed (30 days end of month).
I hardly remind anybody nowadays and it suits me well.

Philippe


Diana Obermeyer
 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Member (2012)
English to Danish
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No Jul 8

but I threaten to do it.

 

Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:36
Spanish to English
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No Jul 8

There has only been one client, over in Paris, who didn't pay me on time, probably because she was busy with other things. So I think that it just happened to slip her mind.

I decided to remind her on my birthday that she was past due, and she paid me almost the instant I contacted her. Nice birthday present, since it was a large project!

[Edited at 2019-07-08 17:19 GMT]


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:36
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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No Jul 9

They're not set up to do that, so it only creates animosity.

 

Mair A-W (PhD)
Germany
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Member (2016)
German to English
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Eventually Jul 9

I send a polite reminder first but if that doesn't get a response, or receives evasions/lies, then yes, the next step includes a small late charge. I have done this twice so far, received payment from both clients eventually, and not worked with either of them again.

(Perhaps there are different expectations in different countries. This is the same procedure used by most German businesses I've interacted with. An initial reminder, "we understand things get lost/forgotten sometimes,
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I send a polite reminder first but if that doesn't get a response, or receives evasions/lies, then yes, the next step includes a small late charge. I have done this twice so far, received payment from both clients eventually, and not worked with either of them again.

(Perhaps there are different expectations in different countries. This is the same procedure used by most German businesses I've interacted with. An initial reminder, "we understand things get lost/forgotten sometimes, but please pay now or we'll charge", a small charge, and then escalation).
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