We pay 1 EUR each 100 words (words counted in French).
Thread poster: Christophe Delaunay

Christophe Delaunay  Identity Verified
Italy
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Jun 10, 2016

That is what is offered this morning on Proz for a translation from SP into FR.

I decide to laugh about it (and just send a request to Proz about their limits).

Happy WE to all!

Chris


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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OMG! Jun 10, 2016

I can’t remember how much I charged 40 years ago when I started translating but I believe it was more than that…

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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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My student gigs. Jun 10, 2016

I did translation gigs when I was a student and they paid more than 80% jobs on ProZ.

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Julie Bonneau  Identity Verified
France
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Oh My God Jun 10, 2016

Are you serious??? Even on freelancing websites like Upwork, no one offered me such a low price for a translation... People really have no idea of what we do and how much time and energy it takes!

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philgoddard
United States
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Teresa Jun 10, 2016

I got £35 per thousand from my first customer (admittedly a direct customer who paid well) in 1979.

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BabelOn-line
United Kingdom
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English to French
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Laughable Jun 10, 2016

Cor, I run an agency and I am acutely aware of the pressure put on budgets, but this is something else!

Problem is, someone is going to take this job. There are places where 1 eurocent per word may mean 25 or 30 EUR at the end of the day, and 30 EUR is better than no EUR at all.

It seems very unlikely that – given the rate – this job will be carried out by native, qualified French speaker, but then again, the agency who dares offering such a rate probably does not care very much about such minor details.

Plus one for the idea of a "Rate Wall of Shame" on Proz.

Good WE to all too.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Hmmm Jun 10, 2016

Who will help take such a huge and generous amount to a bank? Surely no one can carry that much money alone. Up next: Please pay us 1 EUR so we can assign the 100 words to you.

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Christophe Delaunay  Identity Verified
Italy
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TOPIC STARTER
The crisis is still there... Jun 10, 2016

or people with little respect for themselves!

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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History Jun 10, 2016

philgoddard wrote:

I got £35 per thousand from my first customer (admittedly a direct customer who paid well) in 1979.


From around that time there was a time-and-motion study on the sector commissioned by some professional congress organizers. They concluded a translator (who was also a fast typist, okay) turned out something like 500 words an hour.

The going word rate then was 10 USD cents. On another hand, word processing was optional.


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