Acceptible sample size
Thread poster: Evgenia mussuri
Dear colleagues, I just wanted to find out what you think the acceptable size of sample translation should be.
I keep getting projects where potential clients ask to translate one or even two pages. Sounds fishy to me, but may be I am wrong?
The biggest sample I was asked to do was 25 percent of the original text.
Any ideas? how do you tell something legit from fraudulent?
| 100-150 words || Oct 22, 2006 |
Well, as a principle I never do more than 150 words free sample... I was recently asked to do a 2000 word sample but I charged them at my normal rate.
| | biankonera
Local time: 09:16
Italian to Latvian
should not exceed some 300 words as was said before.
While 1 - 2 pages.. I mean, sometimes it makes me wonder do those agencies who send out such "sample translations / test translations" really think a freelancer has nothing better to do than to spend time on them?
One solution was mentioned before - just charge them your normal rate.;)
The other solution - aka what I did a little while ago when I was sent a "test translation" of ~1500 words - just forget it. Seriously, those agencies who are serious about working with you will either simply give you a small initial PAID job or they will send you a sample of a reasonable size.
Enjoy the weekend! and keep smiling!!:)
[Edited at 2006-10-22 09:15]
| | Fan Gao
Local time: 18:16
English to Chinese
| You are a commodity || Oct 22, 2006 |
We only do free tests unless it's a job we really want, otherwise we charge. Our limit for free tests is 250 Chinese characters which would work out to be around 180/190 English words.
You have to remember that there are thousands of agencies out there all competing with other agencies to secure a contract with big companies. The competition for them is so fierce that they really need to win contracts in order to stay in the business. They need you and the quality you provide a lot more than you need them.
Why shouldn't they pay? You are the one with the ability and the expertise they need to make money. You are a commodity and you have value. Why give it away for free?
Good luck and best wishes,
| | Evgenia mussuri
English to Russian
| Thanks for your || Oct 22, 2006 |
ideas, I guess there are some desperate / inexperienced freelancers out there who would do free translations hoping to get a bigger gig. Thank you all for your comments! have a good day!
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