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Vanessa Rivera Rivier  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
Local time: 23:44
Italian to English
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Sep 1, 2005

I'm filling out a job application and they're asking me for TM rates...does anybody have an idea of what a good rate would be?

Thanks!


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 04:44
English to German
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USD 200 per hour Sep 1, 2005

...would be a 'good rate'.

Seriously: I don't think it's possible to answer your question, for the following reasons:

- You did not indicate any relevant circumstances (complexity of the job at hand, specialisation required (if any), rush job (yes/no), etc.).

- The only person who is able to gauge
(i) your full costs of providing a service (fixed costs, communication and other variable costs, depreciation/amortisation costs, reserves - plus your expected net income); and
(ii) the extent to which a TM provided (note that you're making an assumption on the quality of that TM - are you willing to commit that assumption without having seen the TM?) will reduce your workload (in other words: increase your output) is - you.

So-called 'match percentages' (i.e. the percentage weightings attributed to certain match levels, as analysed against a TM provided) have been discussed in numerous threads - if that's what you're looking for, I would suggest to use the forum search.

Whatever you do: writing down a number that someone else told you is a risky business strategy.

Best regards,
Ralf


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Vanessa Rivera Rivier  Identity Verified
Puerto Rico
Local time: 23:44
Italian to English
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Thank you! Sep 1, 2005

Ralf,

Thank you for your prompt response. The reason I didn't indicate the circumstances is that I'm just filling out a general job application and therefore I have no information about any possible jobs that I might get. I just wanted to have an idea of what everybody else is charging out there.

Warm greetings from Puerto Rico,

Vanessa


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TNT TRANSLATION  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:44
English to Korean
I had same question before and check this link out. Sep 2, 2005

http://www.proz.com/topic/31438

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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 05:44
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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Depends much on the place of residence Sep 2, 2005

Many translators in low-cost countries get by with a fifth of the rates we in high-cost places need. You get an idea of what you can expect by viewing job offers from agencies in your country.
Regards
Heinrich


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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:44
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TM rates Sep 2, 2005

Are you looking for a job (salaried position), or running a business?

Marc


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