How to charge for translation+research?
Thread poster: mediko06

Local time: 06:06
Member (2007)
English to Turkish
Feb 3, 2009

I have been asked to make a rate proposal to conduct a market research in my country. The research includes contacting and interviewing separate company authorities to fill out a questionnaire
(Translating the questionnaire and the respondents’ answers as well, of course). They are asking for at least three questionnaires to be completed.
I have conducted several researches in the past and I was paid monthly then since the job included not only market research but translation and interpretation during contract signing, telephone calls etc.
Can you please advise on how to make a decent rate proposal for such an assignment? Should I give a daily or hourly rate and how should I calculate it?
Thank you all in advance for your replies.

Direct link Reply with quote

United States
Local time: 20:06
English to Arabic
+ ...
Charge an hourly rate for your professional services Feb 3, 2009


In view of those two different functions which that firm is requesting you to provide, charge an hourly rate for your professional services.

For work during late hours or weekends, add 20% to your fee schedule.

Hope this helps.


Stephen H. Franke
San Pedro, California

Direct link Reply with quote

Alp Berker  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:06
Turkish to English
+ ...
Hourly rate should suffice Feb 3, 2009

I would go with an hourly rate also on a currency agreed by both of you, you can calculate a daily rate based on the hourly rate. Based on the job, you can either do a discount (if the customer has many hours planned) or a premium (rush hours or weekend hours).
Hayirli isler

Direct link Reply with quote

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:06
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Agree. Hourly rate. Feb 4, 2009

Cheers everyone!

Direct link Reply with quote

To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

How to charge for translation+research?

Advanced search

SDL Trados Studio 2017 Freelance
The leading translation software used by over 250,000 translators.

SDL Trados Studio 2017 helps translators increase translation productivity whilst ensuring quality. Combining translation memory, terminology management and machine translation in one simple and easy-to-use environment.

More info »
memoQ translator pro
Kilgray's memoQ is the world's fastest developing integrated localization & translation environment rendering you more productive and efficient.

With our advanced file filters, unlimited language and advanced file support, memoQ translator pro has been designed for translators and reviewers who work on their own, with other translators or in team-based translation projects.

More info »

  • All of
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search