Natasha Ziada wrote:
This is something I have been wondering about, having only recently started working as a freelance translator: 1) What do you find is generally the agency's response when your and their payment terms are not in line (e.g. your terms are 30 days, theirs 60)? Do they ever budge? 2) How do you proceed from there if you can't come to an agreement, do you make an exception for them or is it a deal-breaker?
If it's a big agency I wouldn't worry about it. It's not worth the risk of putting them offside before you've even started working for them. Their systems can be pretty inflexible.
Smaller agencies you want to be more careful with because they are more likely to stiff you. But they don't have global systems and so can be more flexible with payment terms.
Once you're established you can be an awkward sod like me and start playing hardball, and winning, but they have to need you for that to work. And it doesn't always...