Payment for travelling
Thread poster: Derringdo
| | Derringdo
Local time: 02:56
English to Bulgarian
I have been offered an interpreting job in a city which will take me 7 hours by bus to reach. How much would you charge for the hours spent on the bus (compared to one hour's work)? All in all one job of 5 hours might in the end take me 48 hours to complete.
They will of course pay for tickets, meals and accomodation.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or experiences.
| | pascie
Local time: 20:56
English to French
| Half of the interpreting fee is the standard || Oct 12, 2007 |
This falls under the category:
Your invoice should reflect the following elements:
- Interpreting Fee (rate per hour)
- Travel Time (Half of the interpreting fee)
- Transport (up to $125.00) This covers bus, taxi, parking ticket, or the like. It does not cover airline ticket if you need to fly.
- Per Diem ($50.00)
This covers your meals, not accomodation. A dry cleaner if needed, etc.
As a general rule
Transportation and accomodation are separate. Of course at the client's expenses.
I hope this helps.
| I never charge for travelling! || Oct 12, 2007 |
I mean the time while travelling. I just charge a complete day rate, also if I just worked 3 hours.
| | Henry Hinds
Local time: 18:56
English to Spanish
I reason that if I am home translating I will be making at least as much as my interpreting rate for that time. If I'm out on the road, I lose that. So what compensation is that to get only half?
Of course there are times when:
1.- Work is slow, so it is worthwhile.
2.- I need a change in scenery anyway, so a travel assignment is like a paid vacation.
3.- It may involve several days interpreting at good rates, at an interesting event and for a good client, etc., so it is worth some concessions.
The above reasons are good, but there are many other times when I have lost time, jobs, money, etc. because of having taken a travel assignment and my time was not adequately compensated.
It depends on your own convenience at the time the assignment comes up. That is the standard as far as I am concerned.
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You should charge the day-rate and plus the hours abovel, if you are there more than 8 hours.
| Correction of typos || Dec 27, 2008 |
Tatiana Nijboer wrote:
You should charge a day-rate and plus the hours above, if you are there for more than 8 hours.
[Редактировалось 2008-12-27 20:45 GMT]
| I negotiate on case-by-case basis || Jan 1, 2009 |
I only negotiate a payment for my travel time if it is a significant amount of travel. In some cases, I simply increase my half-day rate, or charge full-day where the job actually takes half-day.
Not so long ago, I did two jobs in San Diego. In both cases, I negotiated with the agency to be paid $35 per hour of travel on top of my regular fees.
The basic rule that I follow when negotiating my fee is: what is the minimum price that will make it worth my while to do the job? After I have answered this question to myself, I try to negotiate a little bit above that, but not to much above, as I certainly don't want to price myself out of market.
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