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Thread poster: Florence Lesur

Florence Lesur  Identity Verified
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Jul 11, 2007


Apologies if the topic was mentioned before.

As a non-US freelance translator, I have been approached by a (good) US client for an exclusive contract. The idea is attractive, but before committing to anything, I would like to know:

  • the do's and the dont's

  • what the average US agency will expect and ask

  • what the non-US freelance translator should expect and ask

  • The point is to ensure it profits to both parties.

    Any comment, advice or sharing of experience is welcome, both on this forum or privately.

    Thanks a lot,


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    Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
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    Two points Jul 11, 2007

    You'll need to know a lot more, I am sure.
    But here's two things to start with:

    - Advantage: time difference. French time is ahead of US time - this will expand your deadlines a little bit.
    - Caution: if this contract means this agency will be your only source of income, or by far the biggest, you probably need to contact your tax office to find out if this has any consequences.

    Good luck!

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    Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
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    ...and liability Jul 11, 2007

    The US has a bit of a claim culture, imagine 5.000.000 brochures need to be reprinted because of a mistake from the translator... guess who the agency is going to blame it on...: You!

    I would certainly read the fine print...


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