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Poll: What is your rate (relative to your normal one) for an urgent job requiring work all night?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "What is your rate (relative to your normal one) for an urgent job requiring work all night?".

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French Foodie  Identity Verified
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no rate because I wouldn't do it Aug 8, 2006

I cannot imagine accepting a job that requires me to work all night. I pulled enough all-nighters in my days at the university, and have thankfully put that behind me

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Javier Herrera
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Same here, I don't do urgent jobs requiring work all night.
J.


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Sandra Petch
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I'm with Mara and Javier... Aug 8, 2006

I would never work through the night (and presumably this is after a full day's work). No way could I keep up my concentration and enthusiasm.

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Minna Wood MITI (Purring CAT Ltd.)  Identity Verified
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I agree Aug 8, 2006

I answered N/A as I would not accept such a job. I work Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, sometimes a bit later if required, but not nights and weekends.

Minna


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Franco Rigoni  Identity Verified
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Same for me Aug 8, 2006

Same for me, so I voted for N/A

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xxxIreneN
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Normal rate Aug 8, 2006

I work when I want to. Reasons to reject the job will have nothing to do with the night time per se. Who says I must stay working 9 to 6 before and after? After I switched to freelancing the official calendar lost any meaning to me whatsoever. This was my main reason for switching. I keep a proper balance of work/rest; when - this is my choice and I love it. I can get just as tired chasing the deadline during "normal hours" as after spending the night at work. I am a nighthawk and I love to watch sunrises from my balcony overlooking the lake:-)

Granted, this is a schedule better fit for singles.


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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Normal rate Aug 8, 2006

If I don't have the time, I don't do it.
If I have the time, I do it, and I don't really care if it's an urgent job for the CLIENT.

I don't think there should be such a thing as a rush rate. It seems to imply that if I usually do x words per hour, for an urgent job I would do 2x words per hour. This is just not possible.
...or that if I usually work 8 hours per day, I work 15 hours per day to complete a rush job. This SHOULDN'T be acceptable, and will certainly affect the quality of the job.
Or am I misunderstanding something here??


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xxxtazdog
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N/A Aug 8, 2006

I'm with those who said they wouldn't accept the job. I know I couldn't stay sharp if I had to work on something all night.

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Ma. Fernanda Blesa  Identity Verified
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rates Aug 8, 2006

same as Irene here, I usually start working at around 5 PM and go to bed between 3 and 4 AM. If it's something I can finish by staying just a couple more houres, I charge my usual rate. If however, I need to stay up until noon the next day or so to finish, I do charge extra. Well, actually, first I try NOT to take on that job, but I have one client who does have very tight deadlines and it wouldn't be wise to reject these jobs from them, after all it's only once in a while.

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Pilar T. Bayle  Identity Verified
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N/A Aug 8, 2006


I'm with those who said they wouldn't accept the job. I know I couldn't stay sharp if I had to work on something all night.


Actually, I work mainly at night because my brain takes too much time to wake up in the mornings. But it's my choice, especially with these HOT Summer nights in Madrid, where working under the A/C is much better for me...

P.
www.pbayle.com/blogs-english


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Reed James
Chile
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Night is for sleeping Aug 8, 2006

On occasion I will stay up until 2 a.m. I find though that it is difficult to get to work the next, or should I say same, morning.

As a translator, it is important to establish a pace and stick to it no matter what.

Reed


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
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I don't work nights Aug 8, 2006

A colleague has the motto
"Your failure to plan does not constitute an emergency for me."

I would never consider taking a job that would require me to work all night. If I can't reasonably expect to finish a job due the next day in 8-10 hours, I don't take it. For that reason I generally don't take long jobs with a short deadline.
If I wind up working all night (and this rarely happens), it's usually my own fault for not having budgeted my time properly..


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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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Deends on customer and project, but rush rate would definitely apply Aug 8, 2006

I normally apply a 20 to 50% surcharge for rush jobs or jobs that require us to work over the weekend.

If someone sent me a project that would require me to work through the night, if I decided to accept it (definitely not a iven), I would first ask the customer if the deadline couldn't actually be extended (surprisingly often it can).

If they still needed it by the following morning, I would warn them that the quality would probably suffer, and that my rush rate would apply.


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Andrea Ali  Identity Verified
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Normal rate here Aug 8, 2006

Because I work at night!

I would apply a rush rate if I had to work early in the morning!


Andrea


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