Payment practices

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Payment Practices

Not all clients pay as quickly or reliably as we would like. Translators working for direct clients can check the credit ratings of the respective company.

Translators working for agencies can subscribe to one or more of the many lists maintained to monitor the payment practices of translating agencies.

The most common ones are:

Proz Blueboard: Proz.com

Restricted information is available to non-members

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- Betaalmoral [bm]
Information: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/betaalmoraal/
Subscribe: betaalmoraal-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: Dutch
Number of Members: < 400
Activity: approx. 5 posts per month

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- Payment Practices
(online database)
Information: http://www.paymentpractices.net/
Subscription_only_at:
http://www.paymentpractices.net/subscribe.htm
List language: English
Number of Members: > 3400
Please note: Annual subscription of USD 19.99 or EUR 14.99

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- Translator Client Review List [TCR]
Information: http://www.tcrlist.com/
Subscription_only_at:
tcr-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: English
Number of Members: > 1000 (?)
Activity: 200-300 posts per month (?)
Please note: Annual subscription USD 15.00

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- Tradpayeur [TradP]
Information: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/tradpayeur/
Subscribe: tradpayeur-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: French
Number of Members: > 530
Activity: 5-10 posts per month

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- TransPayment - (translation agencies payment practices)
Information: http://groups.google.co.uk/group/transpayment
Subscribe: http://groups.google.co.uk/group/transpayment/subscribe
Please note: You have to register with Google Groups and generate a Google ID
 
List language: English
Number of Members: approx. 399
Activity:  5- 10 posts per month

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- Zahlungspraxis [ZP]
Information: http://www.zahlungspraxis.info/
http://de.groups.yahoo.com/group/zahlungspraxis/
Subscribe: zahlungspraxis-subscribe@yahoogroups.de
List language: German
Number of Members: > 2465
Activity: 150-250 posts per month

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- WorldPaymentPracticesFree [WPPF]
Information: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/WPPF/
Subscribe: WPPF-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: English
Number of Members: > 1835
Activity: 70-90 posts per month

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- The Checklist [the-checklist]
Affidabilit ed abitudini di pagamento delle agenzie di traduzione e altre
ditte committenti
Information: http://it.groups.yahoo.com/group/the-checklist/
Subscribe: the-checklist-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: Italian
Number of Members: > 990
Activity: 50 - 70 posts per month

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- pp_brazil - Prticas Comerciais de Traduo
Information: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/pp_brasil/
Subscribe: pp_brasil-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: Portuguese
Please note: You have to register and answer a few questions  in Portuguese.

Number of Members: approx. 140 ??
Activity: 1 - 5 posts per month ??

===================================== - TranslationPaymentWhoWhenWhat - Translation: Bad/good payers & more
Information: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TranslationPaymentsWhoWhenWhat/
Unlike in other groups this group allows discussions about everything to do with money

Subscribe: TranslationPaymentsWhoWhenWhat-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: English
Number of Members: > 610
Activity: 5 - 10 posts per month

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- translation-agencies - Translation Agencies
A group for talking about questions concerning translating agencies
Information: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/translation-agencies/
Subscribe: translation-agencies-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: English
Number of Members: approx. 1190
Activity: 1 - 5 posts per month

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- pl-p-t Platnosci-Problemy-Tlumacze
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pl-p-t/
Subscribe: pl-p-t-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: Polish
Number of Members: > 1380
Activity: approx. 30 posts per month

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ProZ Blue Board  www.proz.com <http://www.proz.com> :
http://www.proz.com/blueboard
Accessible for non payment members
But full information only for paying members.

===================================== - Translation agencies bad practices -
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1536857&trk=fulpro_grplogo
Registration with LinkedIN requied.
Group for conversations about good and bad business practices of
translation agencies. Interesting contributions.
List language: English
Number of Members: > 7,700
Activity: 20 - 70 comments/threads per month

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- Translation Ethics
Payment practices blog
Translation companies bad practices unveiled: free public blacklist of
agencies, scammers, non payers, low payers
http://translationethics.blogspot.se/p/blog-page.html#.VGaSMmdqzr6
Language: English

 

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For further information, please also see our section on invoicing and credit control