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Does money matter or not?
Thread poster: Iuliana Bozkurt

Laurent KRAULAND (X)  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 03:01
French to German
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Exactly exact Nov 18, 2011

Henry Hinds wrote:

All the client has to do is post his mini-translations as Kudoz questions. Then he not only gets them for free, he will often have several versions to choose from as well.


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:01
Member
English to French
Let's assume the asker doesn't know the target language Nov 18, 2011

Laurent KRAULAND wrote:
Exactly exact
Henry Hinds wrote:

All the client has to do is post his mini-translations as Kudoz questions. Then he not only gets them for free, he will often have several versions to choose from as well.

He'd have to ask a monolingual communication/marketing consultant in the target language for advice on which option is best.

Iuliana could apply and charge a consulting fee of EUR100 (her minimum as a consultant), which would sound much more acceptable than a freelance translator charging the same amount for 5 words.

It's all about status, in the end.

Have a good weekend,
Philippe


 

Iuliana Bozkurt  Identity Verified
Romania
Local time: 04:01
Member (2008)
English to Romanian
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TOPIC STARTER
Not so easy... Nov 18, 2011

I fully understand your point. And it probably makes sense if you live in France, respectively Germany. Unfortunately, the Romanian market is an emerging one. Which means that this industry is not well established, prices are ridiculously low and also many amateurs call themselves ''translators''. Internationally, maybe I could charge EUR 100.00/hour for consulting services. And it would seem perfectly reasonable.

But locally that would be impossible. You will probably feel shocked
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I fully understand your point. And it probably makes sense if you live in France, respectively Germany. Unfortunately, the Romanian market is an emerging one. Which means that this industry is not well established, prices are ridiculously low and also many amateurs call themselves ''translators''. Internationally, maybe I could charge EUR 100.00/hour for consulting services. And it would seem perfectly reasonable.

But locally that would be impossible. You will probably feel shocked at the low rates that exist here: e.g. a translation agency that is ''courting'' me for several weeks now is very surprised that I do not work for 10 RON/page (i.e. 2.5 euros for approx. 270 words, which comes to 0.009 EUR/word !!!). And imagine this is a rather decent price, accepted by many ''translators'', especially the ones living in rural areas. So, maybe in 20 years we could envisage such a consulting fee...






Philippe Etienne wrote:

Laurent KRAULAND wrote:
Exactly exact
Henry Hinds wrote:

All the client has to do is post his mini-translations as Kudoz questions. Then he not only gets them for free, he will often have several versions to choose from as well.

He'd have to ask a monolingual communication/marketing consultant in the target language for advice on which option is best.

Iuliana could apply and charge a consulting fee of EUR100 (her minimum as a consultant), which would sound much more acceptable than a freelance translator charging the same amount for 5 words.

It's all about status, in the end.

Have a good weekend,
Philippe
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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:01
Swedish to English
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Sorry Janet Nov 18, 2011

Janet Rubin wrote:

Madeleine MacRae Klintebo wrote:

Finally someone who addresses this important issue


Janet Rubin wrote:

...Considering the fact that this is real marketing we're talking about (labels for pens - these are products that go to thousands of people!)...




Missed that one


 

Amy Duncan (X)  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 22:01
Portuguese to English
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Charge them Nov 19, 2011

I would either call or write the company and say something like: I've noticed that these little 3-4-5 word translations are starting to add up and I really feel I have to charge something for them. How about if I keep track of them and when they reach (xxx amount), I'll invoice you?

Or something similar...


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 03:01
Member (2009)
English to German
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An option Nov 20, 2011

Laurent KRAULAND wrote:

Henry Hinds wrote:

All the client has to do is post his mini-translations as Kudoz questions. Then he not only gets them for free, he will often have several versions to choose from as well.


This is an option to obtain a free translation....Posting this here might trigger such ideas.
It seems that this tactic might already be in use based on some of the (multiple) questions posted here.


 

Kroz Wado
Japan
Local time: 10:01
Japanese to English
Vanish?! Nov 25, 2011

neilmac wrote:

This sounds like a great solution but I suspect the client will vanish as soon as it is proposed...


Vanish? If he's not providing any other work and he's not paying anything, he's not even there in the first place!


 

Nani Delgado  Identity Verified
Germany
German to Spanish
That´s right. Nov 27, 2011

Kroz Wado wrote:

neilmac wrote:

This sounds like a great solution but I suspect the client will vanish as soon as it is proposed...


Vanish? If he's not providing any other work and he's not paying anything, he's not even there in the first place!


I wouldn´t care if the client vanishes in such a case, because he is not (longer?) providing me with regular, well paid work. He is offering mini-jobs instead that are more hindering than anything else, and I don´t need this in my regular work flow.

It is good for me if he does agree to the terms I mencioned above, but it is also good if he doesn´t and stops requiring my services: I win either way. I think it is a good way of filtering clients that I also had to apply once in a slightly different situation.


Iuliana Isac wrote:
the matter was solved most amicably with my client


I´m glad to hear that!


 
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