How much should I charge for a translation Eng>Fr?
Thread poster: potto
Oct 1, 2010

Hello everyone,

I am not a professional translator, just a language student.

A friend of a friend approached me for a translation from English to French of their website.
It is not huge, but has approx 20 web pages. It is quite technical since it is about wooden flooring.

I am a native French speaker and have been learning English for 10 years. Translation/Interpretation is part of my course so I have already some method.

Could you guys please give me an indicator of how much I should charge?
Thanks!!


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Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 07:54
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being here makes you a professional translator Oct 2, 2010

accepting a job for a friend of a friend, which he/she will then use to obtain clients/sell products, etc, makes you a professional translator

providing a technical translation of a commercial website makes you a professional translator.

If your friend of a friend wants a professional translation he is looking for a professional translator

if this is not home work, it's a job - and you should not do it for a bottle of wine and 2 theater tickets....

Just think about the number of hours you are going to spend on this, and what you would make as a cleaner, and then think why did I spend so much time in school, university, or on your language courses....
So, you will just have to learn to charge a normal fee like the rest of us, somewhere between 0,10 and 0,15 for agencies, and 0,12 - 0,22 for end users)....

(also remind the friend of a friend that this is an investment and his ROI will be at least 10 x the initial amount he spend on the translation, as soon as the first client calls in after they read the perfectly translated website)...


- Now you might accept the job for 0,18 or something and get a professional translator to proofread it afterwards for a certain fee...so you have professional feedback on your translation...

Ed


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potto
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Clarification Oct 2, 2010

Edward Vreeburg wrote:

accepting a job for a friend of a friend, which he/she will then use to obtain clients/sell products, etc, makes you a professional translator

providing a technical translation of a commercial website makes you a professional translator.

If your friend of a friend wants a professional translation he is looking for a professional translator

if this is not home work, it's a job - and you should not do it for a bottle of wine and 2 theater tickets....

Just think about the number of hours you are going to spend on this, and what you would make as a cleaner, and then think why did I spend so much time in school, university, or on your language courses....
So, you will just have to learn to charge a normal fee like the rest of us, somewhere between 0,10 and 0,15 for agencies, and 0,12 - 0,22 for end users)....

(also remind the friend of a friend that this is an investment and his ROI will be at least 10 x the initial amount he spend on the translation, as soon as the first client calls in after they read the perfectly translated website)...


- Now you might accept the job for 0,18 or something and get a professional translator to proofread it afterwards for a certain fee...so you have professional feedback on your translation...

Ed


Thanks Ed for replying.
I don't understand the rate, is it per word or..?


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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
Local time: 05:54
Japanese to English
Good idea Oct 2, 2010

Do you have or have you ever had a part-time job? How much did you get paid per hour? Add a little more to it and then estimate how many hours it would take you to finish this job.
It's not a perfect system, but it's a good way for a 'non-professional' to determine much their time is worth and what limits they won't go below.

E.g. if you're paid 10€ an hour and it would take 40 hours to finish this job, you can charge him from 400€ upwards. Don't sell yourself short just because he's your friend, or it'll be you ripping your hair out behind the screen at 4am wondering why you ever took this job.


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potto
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Thanks Oct 3, 2010

TransAfrique wrote:

Do you have or have you ever had a part-time job? How much did you get paid per hour? Add a little more to it and then estimate how many hours it would take you to finish this job.
It's not a perfect system, but it's a good way for a 'non-professional' to determine much their time is worth and what limits they won't go below.

E.g. if you're paid 10€ an hour and it would take 40 hours to finish this job, you can charge him from 400€ upwards. Don't sell yourself short just because he's your friend, or it'll be you ripping your hair out behind the screen at 4am wondering why you ever took this job.


Thank you TransAfrique for your advice!


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