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Poll: Freelancers: who sets your rates?
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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 01:21
Member (2008)
English to Italian
me and others Mar 15, 2010

I got my rates, sometimes there can be a bit og negotiation. I mean: for one job rates cannot be changed, for long term cooperations there can be a (little) negotiation, or more frequently a discount for a specific amount of pages/words.

it has happened that some clients had their own rates, then it was up to me to accept or not, and in same cases I found the rates fair.


 

Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 01:21
German to English
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Both Mar 15, 2010

Similar to Gianluca, I sometimes set my rates myself and sometimes rates are offered by the customer and I chose to accept or reject.

 

Kata Koncz  Identity Verified
Hungary
Local time: 01:21
Member (2008)
English to Hungarian
+ ...
Me and the market Mar 15, 2010

And I agree with Gianluca: there are clients out there whose rates are perfectly fair. (Much higher than the rates some translators charge in my language pair nowadays)

 

Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:21
Member (2006)
English to Polish
+ ...
Other - market Mar 15, 2010

I believe that rates are determined by the market.

Cheers
Stanislaw


 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 02:21
Turkish to English
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Other - the 'invisible hand' Mar 15, 2010

Rates are set by the 'invisible hand' of the market.

 

Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 03:21
English to Russian
+ ...
Why is market not on the list? Mar 15, 2010

Alas, it is not we who set our rates. With the crises my rates have fallen more than 50%.

 

Aguas de Mar (X)
Me and the market Mar 15, 2010

As others have already explained.

 

WandaVanda
English to Latvian
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The same with me. To tell the truth, sometimes it is hard to set your rate Mar 15, 2010

Catherine Knight wrote:

Similar to Gianluca, I sometimes set my rates myself and sometimes rates are offered by the customer and I chose to accept or reject.


 

Diego Carpio (X)
Argentina
Local time: 21:21
English to Spanish
+ ...
I guess me and my clients Mar 15, 2010

A price is nothing without clients consent. However, I think we, translators, must have a clear idea of the value of our work.

 

Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:21
Member (2005)
German to English
+ ...
There seems to be some consensus for "other" Mar 15, 2010

Sometimes clients offer a specific rate and it gets a thumbs up or down.
I find it easier to negotiate due dates than rates.

Sometimes clients ask me what it will cost to undertake a certain project.
At that point, I offer a specific rate and they have the opportunity to agree or disagree.

I specialize in old, hand-written documents and documents printed in German Black Script or Fraktur. These can't be OCD'd into a word document, so I'm working from pdf's
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Sometimes clients offer a specific rate and it gets a thumbs up or down.
I find it easier to negotiate due dates than rates.

Sometimes clients ask me what it will cost to undertake a certain project.
At that point, I offer a specific rate and they have the opportunity to agree or disagree.

I specialize in old, hand-written documents and documents printed in German Black Script or Fraktur. These can't be OCD'd into a word document, so I'm working from pdf's. This costs more. Sometimes the clients agree, sometimes they go away.
Sometimes, depending on the document, I translate if for very cut rates, but that decision is *always* mine, and is usually related to personal documents from WWII.
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Liliana Galiano
Argentina
Local time: 21:21
English to Spanish
+ ...
Me Mar 15, 2010

I'm a freelancer. Where I live there are many translators English Spanish but not many German Spanish translators, so its a question of the market situation at one given moment. But apparently my fees are not too high as I never have to negotiate with the client, in the case of german-spanish it must be easier and less expensive to accept my fees than to have to contact someone outside the city, I guess.

 

Marinus Vesseur  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 16:21
English to Dutch
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We are fooling ourselves.. Mar 15, 2010

..seeing that 60% of us believes we set our own rate. I used to charge 0.12 Euro per word, but last year I had to lower my rate. Globalisation is not my friend.

 

Marina Menendez  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 21:21
Member
English to Spanish
+ ...
Ideally, me. Realistically, the market. Mar 15, 2010

Me, the market and translator organizations.
But it's not that easy... we are always negotiating rates.
Some clients, who are part of the market, offer hilarious rates. Some 'translators' accept those rates.


 

Vuk Vujosevic  Identity Verified
Montenegro
Local time: 01:21
English to Serbian
+ ...
Other Mar 15, 2010

I mus abide by pricelist set in Official Gazette of Montenegro by Ministry of Justice.
But I increased my prices for the market at 0.60-0.65 Euro cts per word


 
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