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How do you decide turn around time?
Thread poster: sahasi
sahasi
English
Nov 29, 2006

Hi,

I am just wondering what factors you consider when deciding turn around time for specific job.
Thanks,


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xxxLatin_Hellas
United States
Local time: 17:15
Italian to English
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Three Main Factors Nov 30, 2006

1) Quantity
2) Experience in the type of text
3) Other pending commitments


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Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 23:15
English to Indonesian
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Several Factors Nov 30, 2006

Hi Sahasi,

What Bale said are right. Here, I provide you with several factors that are influential to turn-around time:

1. Volume (the total number of source words)
2. Expertise (knowledge of and familiarity with the subject matter)
3. Translation speed (how many words you can translate per day)
4. Translation Experience (how many years you have been in translation business)
5. Workload density (how many jobs do you have at the moment)
6. Working time (how many hours you work per day and how many days you work per week)

Welcome to the virtual translation world.


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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Safety margin Nov 30, 2006

I completely agree with the factors mentioned above. Just one more remark. It is always a good idea to leave some safety margin just in case things go wrong
Cheers


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Negotiate with the client if necessary Nov 30, 2006

When you have considered all the factors above, don't let clients force you to cut corners.

Very often the deadline the client asks for is just a suggestion. If you need more time to do the job properly, explain and ask if it is possible. But you have to respect fixed dates. All the same, it does no harm to remind clients to plan and allow time!

Best of luck!


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sahasi
English
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Thank you Nov 30, 2006

Hi,

Thank you very much for your input. Excellent suugestions. This forums is great.


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Henrik Pipoyan  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:15
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English to Armenian
Yes, be sure to add safety margin Nov 30, 2006

Everything may happen, so you’d better take one additional day if you estimate the project for up to five days, and maybe 20% additional time, if the project has to take more than five days, e.g., for a ten-day project - 2 additional days (in addition to Sundays). We, freelancers, do not have force-majeure, even if there is such a clause in your contract. We should respect deadline more than the laws:)

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