Rates for reading and coding articles
Thread poster: Lillian B Popmijatov
Lillian B Popmijatov
Local time: 17:22
French to Serbian
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Sep 29, 2011

The job consists of reading newspaper articles (the exact number and length are not specified, they just say "a large number"), coding them according to a list the agency provides and entering the numbers into an excel sheet.

In the end they say: We will pay per batch of 5 articles. It may be that these articles are irrelevant. You will only be paid for relevant articles.

How would you charge for this?

Any help is greatly appreciated


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:22
Member (2007)
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per hour, IMO Sep 29, 2011

Hello Lilian,

If I understand you correctly, it's your job to decide whether an article is relevant - is that correct? If so, you have to do (almost) the same amount of work, i.e. spend the same amount of time, on a non-relevant article as on a relevant article.

Surely, the bottom line of any professional service is that "time is money". You spend time on their job, they pay your hourly rate. Sometimes, you can charge per word, per page, per inch, per kg, but if what you are selling is an intellectual service (as we are) then ultimately that rate is calculated to reflect how many words, pages, inches etc that can be produced in an hour.

I would say that you could accept a rate per five articles only if EVERY article was paid for and only if article lengths don't vary much.

Sheila


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FarkasAndras
Local time: 17:22
English to Hungarian
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Hourly payment Sep 29, 2011

Sheila Wilson wrote:

Surely, the bottom line of any professional service is that "time is money". You spend time on their job, they pay your hourly rate. Sometimes, you can charge per word, per page, per inch, per kg, but if what you are selling is an intellectual service (as we are) then ultimately that rate is calculated to reflect how many words, pages, inches etc that can be produced in an hour.


Well said. This should be automatically displayed to every client who comes up with hare-brained payment schemes - and to every colleague who starts to whine about CAT discounts and the like.

If the client is reluctant to pay by the hour (which would be understandable), you could take the first job at whatever price seems reasonable, on the understanding that the fee will be discussed again after this first job is done. Then just time yourself, see how much you've made in an hour and adjust the fee accordingly.


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Lillian B Popmijatov
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Thank you Sep 30, 2011

both for your advice

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Alex Lago  Identity Verified
Spain
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Stay away Oct 1, 2011

Lillian B Popmijatov wrote:

In the end they say: We will pay per batch of 5 articles. It may be that these articles are irrelevant. You will only be paid for relevant articles.


My advice would be stay away from this, they are already telling you how to charge, they want you to charge per batch of 5 articles, so you can't charge them per hour, you have to charge them per 5 articles, but then they go on to say they will only pay for relevant articles, so basically they are telling you they will pay per batch of 5 relevant articles.

So unless you know the exact proportion of relevant/irrelevant articles and have some idea of the average length of the articles there is no practical way for you to calculate a rate as you have no way of knowing how much time you are going to spend to get 5 relevant articles.

Also the fact that you have to spend your time sorting relevant from irrelevant and you don't get paid for this is a big no-no in my opinion.

So my advice would be to kindly decline taking part in any job like this.


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