How to pay translators abroad
Thread poster: RosaT

RosaT  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:51
English to Spanish
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Jun 5, 2003

Hi there,

What is the most practical way to make payments to people that are not in your country? It should be taken into account that these payments would not be large amounts and that they would not be regular.

If I transfer the money internationally through my bank, it seems I would pay a minimum of 10 British pounds. If I send a British cheque abroad, I guess the recipient will have to pay a percentage of the amount to receive the money.

Is there a practical way around it?

Also, who is supposed to pay the transaction cost in general? The sender or the recipient? Let's suppose I use a translator abroad, being a translator myself.

Many thanks for any help. All suggestions are welcome.


Anne Lee  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:51
Member (2003)
Dutch to English
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PayPal may be best after all Jun 26, 2003

I have restricted PayPal to instances when I wasn't sure whether I could trust a customer whose identity I could not verify,
but now I'm coming round to the idea that it may be the best way to pay other free-lancers, particularly for small amounts. I'm aware of the drawbacks, but it is instantly confirmed and reliable.


Anjo Sterringa  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:51
Member (2003)
English to Dutch
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everybody pays, when banks are involved Jul 1, 2003

See also my other answer ("nett invoices").
I wonder if I should use Paypal as well.

Anyway, bankcharges: as long as the party that sends the money, sends you the correct amount in the correct currency.
They will be charged fees, but mostly the receiving bank charges fees as well. They are sometimes less, if it's a bank within the same 'group' (multinational).

Compare it to when you pay by creditcard. You may pay €100, but the one you are paying will receive between €95 and €98.


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