Poll: Have your regular clients asked you about reducing rates in the past year?
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Jan 24, 2019

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DZiW (X)
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It's fancy Jan 24, 2019

I thought it was a direct client privilege, yet most freelancers answered that regular clients don't ask for discounts, so I wonder...

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Yes, one has Jan 24, 2019

Several have simply told me that my rates were too high.

[Edited at 2019-01-24 08:34 GMT]


 

EvaVer (X)  Identity Verified
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A few Jan 24, 2019

for specific projects.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
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No Jan 24, 2019

That's why they are still "regular". They are happy with the status quo.

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Teresa Borges
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No Jan 24, 2019

I can’t remember ever being asked by a regular client to reduce my rates though I’ve been asked occasionally to negotiate my rates for a specific project. Anyway, for my long-standing customers my rates were raised 3/4 years ago and there's no point raising them again for several of them who would very probably stop sending me work, so I intend to continue to serve my existing client base at current prices. Of course, I have been feeling the pressure to lower my rates from some potential cli... See more
I can’t remember ever being asked by a regular client to reduce my rates though I’ve been asked occasionally to negotiate my rates for a specific project. Anyway, for my long-standing customers my rates were raised 3/4 years ago and there's no point raising them again for several of them who would very probably stop sending me work, so I intend to continue to serve my existing client base at current prices. Of course, I have been feeling the pressure to lower my rates from some potential clients: that’s why I now prefer to quote on a per-project basis rather than a per-word basis.Collapse


 

Dmitry Novikov  Identity Verified
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Other Jan 24, 2019

On the contrary, one client offered me an increase

 

Yetta Jensen Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Yes one or two Jan 24, 2019

and then they got fired.

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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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Nope Jan 24, 2019

They wouldn't dare ....

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Precisely what I was going to say Jan 24, 2019

neilmac wrote:

That's why they are still "regular". They are happy with the status quo.


I have negotiated with a new client this month. I quoted my top rate, and they quoted a rate they say they registered for me some years ago, which they asked me to confirm. I do not remember ever working for them.
We came to an agreement at a rate I can live with if they come back again.


 

Ricki Farn
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No, not in the past year Jan 24, 2019

.... and those would be ex-clients.

One tried to impose (not ask for) a reduction in the summer of 2015.

And a more insidious one, also around the same time, simply started turning on "internal fuzzies" ("homogeneity") in the wordcount WITHOUT TELLING ME and thought I would not notice it. When I mentioned it, they said they were re-outsourcing and couldn't influence the parameters set by their primary outsourcer. Dude, way to see my tail feathers.

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.... and those would be ex-clients.

One tried to impose (not ask for) a reduction in the summer of 2015.

And a more insidious one, also around the same time, simply started turning on "internal fuzzies" ("homogeneity") in the wordcount WITHOUT TELLING ME and thought I would not notice it. When I mentioned it, they said they were re-outsourcing and couldn't influence the parameters set by their primary outsourcer. Dude, way to see my tail feathers.

However, we basically have to count everyone who is not willing to follow inflation, as "lowering rates", and somehow there is no widespread awareness about this among translators. I see a lot of (Germany-based) translators working for what was the going rate when the Euro was first introduced.

[Edited at 2019-01-24 13:44 GMT]
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Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
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Never Jan 25, 2019

I have been translating for several decades. The possibility didn't even occur to me.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Two, actually Jan 28, 2019

One client, after three years without any readjustment, sent an e-mail to all translators with a chart stating the rates for repetitions and fuzzies, and stating that the chart would apply to all translations thereafter. They never heard of me again, of course.
Another client, my client since 2014, sent several jobs at a lower rate than agreed or considering discounts for repetitions, also not agreed upon in advance. Since this is a very regular client, and this applied only to a few jobs
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One client, after three years without any readjustment, sent an e-mail to all translators with a chart stating the rates for repetitions and fuzzies, and stating that the chart would apply to all translations thereafter. They never heard of me again, of course.
Another client, my client since 2014, sent several jobs at a lower rate than agreed or considering discounts for repetitions, also not agreed upon in advance. Since this is a very regular client, and this applied only to a few jobs (10% of the total during the year), I accepted it. Hope it doesn't become a standard, or it will be one more ex-client.
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