How much money to charge for copies of certificates?
Thread poster: Magdalena Reyes

Magdalena Reyes  Identity Verified
Chile
Local time: 22:53
English to Spanish
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May 31, 2006

Hi...
Does anyone have an idea how much should I charge for each copy of a translated certificate that need seal and signature of the translator?

thanks for your help!
Magda =D


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
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Just Copies? May 31, 2006

I routinely give clients not one, but two copies (originals actually, signed and sealed) of translations of certificates, such as birth certificates, academic transcripts and personal documents of that nature. I don't tell them that until they come to pick it up.

That way I would hope they do not have to come back for more. But if they do, I will provide them free.

There is not a lot of money in such work anyway, but doing things that way creates good will.


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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 20:53
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Same as Henry Jun 1, 2006

I don't staple the second copy, so clients can make additional copies if they need them. I feel that once they have paid me for the translation, that should be enough.

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Magdalena Reyes  Identity Verified
Chile
Local time: 22:53
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Thanks to you both!! Jun 1, 2006

Hi..
Thanks for your comments. I thought the same, but I also wanted a second opinion...
That is a nice way to give the client the chance to keep working with you, right? No doubt of it!!

Thank you and have a nice day!!
Magdalena


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Luis Zepeda
United States
Local time: 19:53
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How much money to charge for copies Jun 1, 2006

I do not charge clients for copies of the translations if I can send it to them as e-email attachments.

However they frequently want additional originals with a certified original signature on them and a notary stamp.

In such cases, the copies with original signatures are free but I charge them for the notary seal and postage because I have to pay for them.


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Iza Szczypka  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:53
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I charge a small percentage of the job value Jun 1, 2006

Just to cover the time used for signing / sealing extra copies and the cost of printer consumables.
The percentage is really small, so with jobs like 1-2 pages I skip the trouble of calculating it (buit inform the customer of the favour. With large jobs like 50+ pages it is worth the trouble.
Quite recently an end customer appeared with a request of making three additional hard copies of an 80-page job I did for him half a year ago (necessary for legal reasons). I netted quite a nice sum for that, but also spent a considerable amount of time just signing and sealing each page ...


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