How much to charge for interpreting
Thread poster: Evgenia M Attebery

Evgenia M Attebery  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:45
English to Russian
Nov 22, 2011

Hi! My name is Evgenia Attebery. I live in US. I provide mostly written translations, but recently
I was asked to do a few interpreting jobs. My language pair is English-Russian-English. What is the reasonable amount I should charge per hour? How do I charge a client if they need me to go to a different state? Do they pay me for the whole day or just for the hours I work, because if it wasn't for them, I could be making money, translating something else? I would think the client pays for my flight and living expenses (lodging and food) in addition to the hourly pay. The last interpreting job I did, didn't go according to the schedule I was provided. It was supposed to be 3 hours a day for 3 days. It turned out to be more than that. In addition, on the very first day I worked for 6 hours in the morning, then my client cut me loose, and I was supposed to come back in about 3 hours for a business dinner. It wasn't discussed in advance. I can't be going back and forth every 3 hours or so. It basically takes up my whole day instead of promised 3 hours a day. What should I do in this case? I understand that things don't always work as planned. When a plan changes, should I discuss the new payment terms? I appreciate any help.


 

Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 13:45
Member (2008)
English to Dutch
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get some more details Nov 23, 2011

It seems you've already asked yourself all those questions, now you should be able to answer them yourself...

What is the reasonable amount I should charge per hour?
Just think what you would make by translating from home, multiply that by 3, and charge by the day of 1/2 day

How do I charge a client if they need me to go to a different state?
- client pays all, meals, transport, hotel (and you don't advance it!)

Do they pay me for the whole day or just for the hours I work, because if it wasn't for them, I could be making money, translating something else?
- whole dat or 1/2 day, possibly even travel time

I would think the client pays for my flight and living expenses (lodging and food) in addition to the hourly pay.
- yes

The last interpreting job I did, didn't go according to the schedule I was provided. It was supposed to be 3 hours a day for 3 days. It turned out to be more than that. In addition, on the very first day I worked for 6 hours in the morning,
- customer would need two interpreters, you're not really 'fresh' after 3 hours

then my client cut me loose, and I was supposed to come back in about 3 hours for a business dinner. It wasn't discussed in advance.
- make tight schedule, include overtime and dinner stuff

I can't be going back and forth every 3 hours or so. It basically takes up my whole day instead of promised 3 hours a day. What should I do in this case?
- charge a whole day

I understand that things don't always work as planned. When a plan changes, should I discuss the new payment terms? I appreciate any help.
- no you should make plans in advance about extra and unforseen issues, normal schedule from 09:00 to 17:00 , overtime and extra work +150%


 

Evgenia M Attebery  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:45
English to Russian
TOPIC STARTER
thank you Nov 23, 2011

Thank you very much, Edward. It helped a lot.

 


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