Poll: Over the past year, the rates I charge have:
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Teresa Borges
포르투갈
Local time: 16:06
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jul 17, 2020

My rates have remained the same for my long-standing customers (I am already charging more than a good number of my competitors). Though I’d like to raise my rates for one of them I’m bound by contract and I’ll have to wait until it ends to try to negotiate a new rate. I've been applying either a higher rate or a per project rate to my new clients.

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Tom in London
영국
Local time: 16:06
Member (2008)
Italian to English
I hate having to think up a title every time I post in a forum Jul 17, 2020

My rate has not increased since 01 January 2012, and my clients were happy to pay it. I got lots of work from them.

However during the past 5 years or so some of those clients have started telling me my rate (unchanged) is so high that it's completely impossible.

I know what happened. All you cheapo translators who were willing to let yourselves be beaten down by the agencies until you're now working your a**es off for absurdly low rates.

I still see you
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My rate has not increased since 01 January 2012, and my clients were happy to pay it. I got lots of work from them.

However during the past 5 years or so some of those clients have started telling me my rate (unchanged) is so high that it's completely impossible.

I know what happened. All you cheapo translators who were willing to let yourselves be beaten down by the agencies until you're now working your a**es off for absurdly low rates.

I still see you asking questions in Kudoz about my specialism (architecture/construction) that you don't understand, taken from texts that you shouldn't be doing. Needless to say, I don't answer your questions and I enjoy watching you select the wrong answers.

Fortunately I have other sources of income, and other good clients.



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Ian Keith Jones Williams  Identity Verified
스페인
Local time: 17:06
Member
German to English
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Price pressure Jul 17, 2020

There is a great deal of price pressure in my main market. I have been asked to lower my rates or conditions have changed in an unfavourable way to me. Needless to say, I have not accepted a lower rate or less favourable conditions. One or two agencies have raised my rates themselves without me asking.

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Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
미국
Local time: 11:06
Spanish to English
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For The Most Part, Have Risen Jul 17, 2020

...except in the case of one loyal client, who has forwarded me more than 2,000 pages of work over the last 5 or so years (and will be sending me more), and who hosted me at her home in Rome in 2017, took me around everywhere in the city, including some out of the way places, and paid all my expenses (minus my airfare).

But after July of 2016, I did raise my rates for new clients. And well I should have, because that was when I successfully defended my translation thesis and was awa
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...except in the case of one loyal client, who has forwarded me more than 2,000 pages of work over the last 5 or so years (and will be sending me more), and who hosted me at her home in Rome in 2017, took me around everywhere in the city, including some out of the way places, and paid all my expenses (minus my airfare).

But after July of 2016, I did raise my rates for new clients. And well I should have, because that was when I successfully defended my translation thesis and was awarded an MFA degree.

It doesn't really bother me too much to think that I might have been rejected for a few projects because of my increased rate. I have translated close to 40 books at this point in my career, and I have a guaranteed monthly independent income, anyway.
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