How much do you charge for tranlating birth certificates?
Thread poster: Xiomara Pereira

Xiomara Pereira
Australia
Local time: 22:26
English to Spanish
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Nov 29, 2018

Hello

I was wondering what the rate for tranlasting birth certificates is? I'm not sure if I should charge per word, per page or just a base rate?

Thank you very much!


 

DarwinE  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:26
Member (2016)
Spanish to English
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A suggestion Nov 30, 2018

Bom dia, Xiomara!

You could charge your typical per word rate, but birth certificates tend to be documents with no more than a few hundred words, usually very formulaic. Most clients end up wanting the format in the translated document to mimic the format of the original, so unless you charge for formatting, you will end up spending a bit more time working on the document, but not making very much even if you charge a high per word rate. (Unless you have top notch organization skil
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Bom dia, Xiomara!

You could charge your typical per word rate, but birth certificates tend to be documents with no more than a few hundred words, usually very formulaic. Most clients end up wanting the format in the translated document to mimic the format of the original, so unless you charge for formatting, you will end up spending a bit more time working on the document, but not making very much even if you charge a high per word rate. (Unless you have top notch organization skills and perhaps you have a template ready to transfer the translation into.)

In our respective language pairs, I've seen people translate birth certificates for as low as $30. Others have minimums set at $50 or even $75 dollars and refuse to budge any lower than that. Set a price and stick with it. Don't feel like whatever price you set might be too high and it'll scare clients away. They are seeking YOUR services, so its ultimately up to you.
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jyuan_us  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:26
Member (2005)
English to Chinese
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Translating and formatting a certificate is very time-consuming Nov 30, 2018

Darwin Escobar wrote:
Most clients end up wanting the format in the translated document to mimic the format of the original, so unless you charge for formatting, you will end up spending a bit more time working on the document, but not making very much even if you charge a high per word rate. (Unless you have top notch organization skills and perhaps you have a template ready to transfer the translation into.)


Even if you have a template to use, your productivity will be about 50% lower. So it doesn't make a lot of sense to charge by word count. You may track the time you spend in your next certificate translation job and see for yourself.


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Katrin Braams  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 14:26
Member (2018)
English to German
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Lots of different source formats Dec 1, 2018

Since English is spoken in many different countries birth certificates can look very different depending on the origin. Also, in more exotic countries older certificates may vary from town to town. Some are very straight forward some are very complicated with many boxes and numerous different seals and stamps. Reproducing their format can take hours. Therefore I would not set a fixed price but quote for each job on an individual base. Rule of thumb in Germany is 50€.

Xiomara Pereira
 

Paweł Hamerski (X)
Local time: 14:26
English to Polish
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The proper answer is - the same as for other translations Dec 1, 2018

Birth or other certificates are nothing special and with the templates in possession of experienced translators are easier to translate than other non-standard documents

 


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