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Thread poster: Derringdo
Derringdo  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 02:56
English to Bulgarian
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Oct 12, 2007

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.


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pascie  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:56
English to French
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Half of the interpreting fee is the standard Oct 12, 2007

This falls under the category:
Travel time.
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.


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erika rubinstein  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:56
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English to Russian
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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.

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:56
English to Spanish
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Why half? Oct 12, 2007

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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Tatiana Willemsen-Golyandrina
Netherlands
Local time: 02:56
Member (2007)
English to Russian
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I think Oct 28, 2007

You should charge the day-rate and plus the hours abovel, if you are there more than 8 hours.

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Tatiana Willemsen-Golyandrina
Netherlands
Local time: 02:56
Member (2007)
English to Russian
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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]


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Alexandra Goldburt
Local time: 17:56
English to Russian
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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.

Happy New Year to you!


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