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hourly rate for a language project
Thread poster: namadgi
namadgi
English to Sinhala (Sinhalese)
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Sep 8, 2007

Hi,
I have been asked by a US company to provide an hourly rate for a language project taking 20 to 60 hours. The project involves compiling a word list (a couple of hundred words) that are culturally and politically sensitive and/or offensive terms in my language, classifying them on the basis of various criteria, and providing a written explanation in English of their use, the context they could or could not be used and so on.

The language I will be working on is a South Asian language.

This is the first task being offered to me by this agency, and I have been asked to provide my hourly rate for the project. I am highly qualified to do this project and have done many such projects as a linguist/academic for years, although I have never done similar projects for a traslating agengy for money. Therefore I have no clue as to how much I should quote. While I like to get the job, I do not want to undersell just to get the job. So, any suggestions? Thank you.

[Edited at 2007-09-08 12:48]


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Vadim Poguliaev  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 17:06
English to Russian
check this thread Sep 8, 2007

http://www.proz.com/topic/82561

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Phong Le  Identity Verified
Vietnam
Local time: 21:06
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But what the reason is? Sep 11, 2007

I do not think that it is simple like someone's clarification:

rate/word * words/hr = rate/hour

If it is only like that, I will quote the rate/word and my productivity/date/24hrs.

There could be a hidden reason from the Client!!?? Do they want to check how much a translator can ern in a month?


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Reasons for hourly billing Sep 11, 2007

Hi Phong Le,

There could be a hidden reason from the Client!!?? Do they want to check how much a translator can ern in a month?

Why would that be relevant to an outsourcer?

There are certain jobs where volume-based billing (per word, line, etc.) is inappropriate, as it wouldn't adequately reflect the work provided.

Best regards,
Ralf


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Atena Hensch  Identity Verified
New Zealand
Local time: 03:06
English to Farsi (Persian)
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agree Sep 14, 2007

Phong Le wrote:

I do not think that it is simple like someone's clarification:

rate/word * words/hr = rate/hour

If it is only like that, I will quote the rate/word and my productivity/date/24hrs.

There could be a hidden reason from the Client!!?? Do they want to check how much a translator can ern in a month?


I agree. and I belive that it depends to the kind of job as well. Some works you don't need to do so much research etc.


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