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0.03 rush rate + over 100 great BlueBoard reviews???
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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:21
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Spanish to English
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Apr 6, 2015

Today I was contacted by an agency via Proz who had a rush project and was offering 0.03 euros per word.

I told them they would have to multiply their rates x 4 before I would even consider any project.

I checked the BlueBoard entry expecting to find a disaster and instead I found 103 ratings - all 5s and glowing reviews from translators. Not a single negative review and nothing mentioned about rates. In fact, reading most of the reviews, you would think they would gladly cut off their left arm just to get another translation project from this company.

The email was very amateurish (misspelled words, "i" written with a small letter), etc.

Something has to be amiss here, 0.05 is a joke, but at 0.03 (including PayPal fees and taxes), I'd be better off selling newspapers on the street corner.

I guess it depends on where you live and your country's social welfare programs because at 0.03 a word, you are better off collecting free rent, utilities, food etc. from the government. Even if you worked your fingers to the bone every single day, you will still be at poverty level and with no savings or retirement either.




[Edited at 2015-04-06 13:04 GMT]


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:21
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Italian to English
Amiss Apr 6, 2015

Jeff Whittaker wrote:

Something has to be amiss here


Indeed. I think I know what it is.


 

mónica alfonso  Identity Verified
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Last week I got an even lower offer Apr 6, 2015

EUR 0,015!!!
But we should remember there are some countries where these figures are reasonable...


 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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True and... Apr 6, 2015

it should be remembered that some countries have the mindset "it's logical to charge as much as you possibly can; to charge any less doesn't make sense and would be completely stupid", while other countries seem to have the mindset "only charge what you absolutely need in order to remain alive for this week and don't even think about trying to elevate your economic status or current living situation".

Still, it's hard to understand why someone in that situation wouldn't have higher aspirations or why a company in India would even bother contacting someone in the U.S. for those rates.

It makes you wonder what translators and interpreters in India, China, etc. were earning pre-Internet when they could only work locally.


mónica alfonso wrote:

EUR 0,015!!!
But we should remember there are some countries where these figures are reasonable...


[Edited at 2015-04-06 13:33 GMT]


 

Diana Obermeyer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Entitlement culture? Apr 6, 2015

Jeff Whittaker wrote:

I guess it depends on where you live and your country's social welfare programs because at 0.03 a word, you are better off collecting free rent, utilities, food etc. from the government. Even if you worked your fingers to the bone every single day, you will still be at poverty level and with no savings or retirement either.



[Edited at 2015-04-06 13:04 GMT]


That's actually my standard reply to these "offers":
"I'm really sorry, but I don't work for less than the social security benefits in my country."

To be fair though, the total welfare package with all benefits and discounts equates roughly to a 40-hour week at 0.035/word, so it's not that much less than signing onicon_wink.gif

May we not forget, however, that those who collect free rent, etc. and earn some pocket money on top also exist...


 

writeaway  Identity Verified
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Great Blueboard reviews now seem to mean Apr 6, 2015

1. They gave me work
2. They paid for the work

In any case, if someone accepts a job at a low rate, it makes no sense to turn around afterwards and complain about/criticize the rate that was knowingly accepted. Saying no to low rates does however remain a viable option.


 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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True except... Apr 6, 2015

some of them also write things like "I would gladly accept ANY projects from this terrific company", "Working for this company has been my best experience".... really??

I don't get it. Even if I were absolutely DESPERATE for money, accepting a 0.03 job (or even double that) from a country on the other side of the world would not even be an option to consider.

writeaway wrote:

1. They gave me work
2. They paid for the work

In any case, if someone accepts a job at a low rate, it makes no sense to turn around afterwards and complain about/criticize the rate that was knowingly accepted. Saying no to low rates does however remain a viable option.



[Edited at 2015-04-06 13:55 GMT]


 

writeaway  Identity Verified
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I always take "rave BB reviews" with a grain of salt Apr 6, 2015

Jeff Whittaker wrote:

some of them also write things like "I would gladly accept ANY projects from this terrific company", "Working for this company has been my best experience".... really??

writeaway wrote:

1. They gave me work
2. They paid for the work

In any case, if someone accepts a job at a low rate, it makes no sense to turn around afterwards and complain about/criticize the rate that was knowingly accepted. Saying no to low rates does however remain a viable option.



[Edited at 2015-04-06 13:46 GMT]


I always think that OTT raves are there in the hopes of getting more work. Plus, some people figure that lots of work at a low rate is better than no work at all and as Dianaft suggests, there are people who translate to earn pin money, to top up their pensions, welfare benefits etc. Not everyone on Proz actually has to rely just on their translation income.


 

sans22 (X)
Sweden
Local time: 20:21
My standard response Apr 6, 2015

My standard response is you pay peanuts you get monkeys.

I've had several of these sorts of offers of late and each time I tell them what my rate is and how I would never work for such an insulting rate. Obviously someone out there is prepared to do so otherwise this company wouldn't have such glowing blue board comments.

All I can say is I know my worth and am not prepared to work for less than I am worth.


 

brg (X)
Netherlands
This just means Apr 6, 2015

Jeff Whittaker wrote:

...I found 103 ratings


this just means that they have difficulties in finding translators.

My best clients even don't figure in this BlueBoard.


 

Bernhard Sulzer  Identity Verified
United States
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Not reasonable anywhere Apr 6, 2015

mónica alfonso wrote:

EUR 0,015!!!
But we should remember there are some countries where these figures are reasonable...

Charging such an amount is not reasonable anywhere. Neither are 0.03 nor 0.05/word.
And literally hundreds of glowing reviews for an agency proposing such rates shows where the problem lies.


[Edited at 2015-04-06 15:37 GMT]


 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:21
English to Spanish
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Fabricated 5s? Apr 6, 2015

I don't see how it would be so hard for an agency to fabricate a lot of "5" ratings just to look good. I would suspect that Proz would not have much if any control over that.

 

Kristian Andersson  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:21
English to Swedish
Not reasonable anywhere? Apr 6, 2015

Bernhard Sulzer wrote:

mónica alfonso wrote:

EUR 0,015!!!
But we should remember there are some countries where these figures are reasonable...

Charging such an amount is not reasonable anywhere. Neither are 0.03 nor 0.05/word.
And literally hundreds of glowing reviews for an agency proposing such rates shows where the problem lies.


[Edited at 2015-04-06 15:37 GMT]


I am sure that you can make the net average monthly salary in quite a few countries in Southern and Eastern Europe if you work full-time and charge EUR 0.05 per word. Have a look at the map in the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_countries_by_average_wage


 

Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
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Living costs Apr 6, 2015

Also interesting is a map of living costs like this one:
http://www.movehub.com/blog/living-costs-world-map

If you live in India or China, you should be able to make quite a comfortable living out of translating full-time for $0.05 per word. Seen from the agency's point of view, why would they care if the translator lives a place with twice as high living costs as long as they get the quality they want? Another question is: do they get the quality they want for these rates and from such countries? I've seen some terrible garbage suggesting machine translation when someone has asked me to tell them if a translation is acceptable, and then they just have to spend more money on editing/proofreading if their client won't accept garbage.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Nothing surprises me anymore! Apr 6, 2015

I have just seen a translation job EN-PT for 0.009 EUR to 0.018 EUR per word and so far it has received 33 answers...

 
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