Poll: How do you charge for a translation in spreadsheet format?
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Jul 26, 2009

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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:07
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Always per word Jul 26, 2009

I always charge per source word, unless it's transcription, where they normally pay per minute.
It doesn't matter if I'm working with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign, etc.

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Noni Gilbert
Local time: 18:07
Spanish to English
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Same rate per word for different formats? Jul 26, 2009

My production rate is not only much lower for formats such as Excel/Power Point etc, in comparison to Word, but also far less predictable. If you charge by word for other formats, do you have different rates for each format? (I charge by the hour).

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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
Member (2004)
Italian to German
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Surcharge Jul 26, 2009

I claim a percentage surcharge for all other formats than Word. Even if translating Excel sheets, for example, with a CAT tool is much better than without (then it really was a horror for me), it's still a lot slower and uncomfortable.

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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:07
Italian to English
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I hate spreadsheets! Jul 26, 2009

Where possible I copy the text into a Word file and calculate the character count, then add a surcharge for the trouble!

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Local time: 18:07
English to Swedish
depends on project Jul 26, 2009

I absolutely loathe spreadsheets when used for storing massive amounts of text. Who ever thought that was a good idea?! Whenever possible I just copy the columns to a text editor and translate with my CAT tool the normal way. Doesn't incur much more work than the usual fixing of formatting in Word after CAT tool clean up.

It's when they have advanced macros and locked sheets and cells that I go really crazy and usually also charge per hour for the extra work, just like I do for PowerPoint files, PDF etc.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:07
Member (2006)
German to English
Spreadsheet Jul 26, 2009

If you mean table calculations or worksheets in Excel, then by word. Or is something else meant here?

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Rebekka Groß  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:07
English to German
translate in Tag Editor Jul 26, 2009

and charge per word as usual.

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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:07
Member (2005)
German to English
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Excel and PowerPoint Jul 30, 2009

I charge per word.
Although I'm probably going to add a surcharge to the next PowerPoint project, since they seem to involve *way* more formatting to get the languages straight.

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