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pricing for translation of dictionary
Thread poster: Laure Rose

Laure Rose
France
Local time: 20:36
Partial member (2003)
English to French
Mar 14, 2005

Hi everyone. I can't find any previous posts on this so here it is: I have to price a new client who needs a specialist dictionary translated from French into English. More like a specialised glossary, I should think, since it's small (500 words). Any suggestion, there's bound to be a lot of research involved. Thanks

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Kevin Fulton
United States
Local time: 15:36
German to English
Price by the hour Mar 14, 2005

Since there is research to be done which can't be quantified into a word rate, the only fair thing (to you) would be to charge by the hour.

However, your client may not want to get into such an open-ended agreement (unless you specify a maximum), so you might want to charge some sort multiple of your normal word rate. Let's assume that you can translate 250 words/hour. It will obviously take you much longer than 2 hours to research/translate 500 individual terms. Let's say it might take you closer to 5 hours (this is an example only). Then you should charge 2.5 times your normal word rate.


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by teh hour Mar 14, 2005

I would charge by the hour, and I would take a handful of randomly selected items and work on them to calculate time per item, multiply it by the number of items, and add on a small % to account for exceptionally difficult items (it's easier in the end to bill fewer hours than more hours, so err on the safe side).

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