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Poll: The fastest payment I've ever received was within
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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:17
Member (2005)
German to English
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Immediately Nov 9, 2007

It was a loan officer for a bank who needed some German records translated so that his client could qualify for a loan. He'd never hired a translator before, and actually offered to pay in advance. (Sweet, but not very practical, since I was working from hard copies.) I dropped off the translation, and he paid on the spot.

Of course, this has never happened since.
Although I have one regular client who pays the same day, and one who pays within 5 days.

Then there's the one who expected to pay after 90 days...


 

Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 13:17
Member
Spanish to English
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Other (-4 hours) Nov 9, 2007

Due to time zone difference, an invoice issued in the wee hours of the morning at the client's request was paid for just before midnight of the day before date of invoice.

 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:17
English to Spanish
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Seconds Nov 9, 2007

Some clients arrive at my door with personal documents to be translated. That I charge for up front. When I give them the price, they whip out their wallet and pay right away.

 

Francesca Grandinetti
Italy
Local time: 13:17
German to Italian
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The day after Nov 9, 2007

...and it happened yesterday, actually!icon_eek.gif

Have a nice weekend!

Franzi icon_rolleyes.gif


 

Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Peru
Local time: 07:17
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Minutes Nov 9, 2007

I have some excellent clients, I have to say. And sometimes they pay me within minutes, via PayPal.

 

Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 06:17
French to Spanish
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Right away, in cash! Nov 9, 2007

One or two clients of mine come for the translation and the invoice -to my office!- and pay me right there, no questions asked, in cash ! Wuauw!

 
Other (in advance) Nov 9, 2007

This client was entirely new to me, though he came to me through ProZ. This is a good sign, but I was a bit nervous since I could not find his name in ProZ directory, so I asked advance payment.
He immediately send money to my Pay Pal account well before the job was submitted.


 

Judy Almodovar
Italy
Local time: 13:17
English to Tagalog
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Others (in advance) Nov 9, 2007

One of my client he made the payment in advance every time I do a translation service for him.

 

Anne Patteet  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:17
English to French
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In advance, wow! Nov 9, 2007

The fastest for me is within minutes, through Paypal.

Of course I also have one who pays within 60 days, but it's a regular, high-volume, and dependable job so I dont' complain.

Have a good weekend everyone.


 

Anne Patteet  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:17
English to French
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Funny! Nov 9, 2007

Parrot wrote:

Due to time zone difference, an invoice issued in the wee hours of the morning at the client's request was paid for just before midnight of the day before date of invoice.


 

Silvina Matheu  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 09:17
Member
English to Spanish
Minutes Nov 9, 2007

By Paypal!

Nice weekendicon_smile.gif

Silvina


 

Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:17
Member (2004)
Spanish to English
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Hadn't thought of that Nov 9, 2007

Henry Hinds wrote:

Some clients arrive at my door with personal documents to be translated. That I charge for up front. When I give them the price, they whip out their wallet and pay right away.


Yes, if we count cases like that, then my fatest payments are also immediate. The fastest that I've received "sent" money was within minutes. It was for a very large project, and the deal was that I wouldn't deliver the second third until the first was paid for. Upon receipt of the first installment, the client sent me payment via Paypal or Moneybookers, I forget which. Come to think of it, I've had similar experiences with other large projects as well.


 

Abraham Abukar  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:17
Member (2005)
English to Somali
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The same day! Nov 10, 2007

The same day, translated document were send and payment received via
Paypal right away with thank you note.

And there are the rest.


 

Steven Sidore  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:17
Member (2003)
German to English
In advance Nov 10, 2007

Faster than any of the options listed here, I'd say.

 
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