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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Jan 12

Not long ago I read an article about two translators running an experiment with a gig economy website (Fiverr) to gauge the actual costs of translation for a translation buyer. Very well done, an eye opener for many, based on the comments I've read.

I recently received an email invitation from an interpreter I don't know (with a LinkedIn profile) inviting me to sign up for remote.com

Digging for more information (after deleting this email), I found out that remote.com is the reincarnation of outsource.com. Go figure. The online reviews I've read about them aren't flattering.

Then I learned about other site for freelancers of every stripe to market their services (that's why I am posting this under Marketing for translators): upwork.com

In the latter site, I found out that many technical translators offer services in a wide range of hourly rates. Take a look and share what you think, if you want.


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Graeme Waller  Identity Verified
Finland
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No thanks Jan 12

They invoice you for 20% of the first $500 that you charge a client through their system. After reading that, I did not investigate any further.

Source: https://www.upwork.com/i/how-it-works/freelancer/

[Edited at 2018-01-12 16:13 GMT]


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Daniel Frisano
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Freedom! Jan 12

Anybody is free to buy their clothes at a street market, department store or high-end boutique. If you are Giorgio Armani, you're not bothered by street vendors.

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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So what's new Jan 12

These sites have been around for ages and of us ignore them most, if not all, of the time. I just loaded the Remote one and it was clear from the very first second that it was a wast of time. Right there in front of my eyes were the headings:
Employers

Job seekers


Enough said! Clearly not for self-employed freelance translators!


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@Mario Jan 12

Mario Chavez wrote:
I recently received an email invitation from an interpreter I don't know (with a LinkedIn profile) inviting me to sign up for remote.com


It costs money to join remote.com, but you can get some of your money back by referring other victims.

Then I learned about other site for freelancers of every stripe to market their services (that's why I am posting this under Marketing for translators): upwork.com


I could not find the sign-up page for freelancers anywhere on their home page, but thankfully Graeme found the link (see his post). Unlike remove.com/outsource.com, there is no monthly fee, but the site receives commission on the money that you get paid. It's 20%, which is quite high, but nothing prevents you from signing up with a rate that is 20% higher than your usual rate.

I was surprised at the range of hourly rates offered by translators -- some of them have quite high rates and yet seem to get clients anyway.


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Artem Vakhitov  Identity Verified
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Can you post a link to the article? Jan 12

Mario Chavez wrote:

Not long ago I read an article about two translators running an experiment with a gig economy website (Fiverr) to gauge the actual costs of translation for a translation buyer. Very well done, an eye opener for many, based on the comments I've read.


Mario, can you post a link to the article?


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Here's the article Jan 13

Artem Vakhitov wrote:

Mario Chavez wrote:

Not long ago I read an article about two translators running an experiment with a gig economy website (Fiverr) to gauge the actual costs of translation for a translation buyer. Very well done, an eye opener for many, based on the comments I've read.


Mario, can you post a link to the article?


Artem,

A French translator and a colleague of hers did this: https://bellingua.co.uk/2017/03/01/using-fiverr-for-translations-part1/


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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High hourly rates Jan 13

Samuel Murray wrote:

I was surprised at the range of hourly rates offered by translators -- some of them have quite high rates and yet seem to get clients anyway.


Same here. A couple of those translators charge $80/hour. Whoa!

I guess those might be translators just like us but who've found that Remote is an additional revenue stream, just not their main one.


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LEXpert  Identity Verified
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@Daniel: Unless they are selling cheap, knock-off 'Armanis' Jan 14

Daniel Frisano wrote:

Anybody is free to buy their clothes at a street market, department store or high-end boutique. If you are Giorgio Armani, you're not bothered by street vendors.


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