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2012 Freelance translator virtual conference

Sep 27, 2012



Group discussion

Best way to set up our rates - Group Discussion

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Schedule:This session ended at 15:15
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We want to be competitive but we also want to be paid fairly for our skilled work. Furthermore, it is not always easy to know what others doing similar work are charging.

Some clients might expect discounts for higher volume of work, but if you offer a discount, will you still get a fair rate per hour of work?

This winning group discussion topic was suggested by the following ProZ.com member: Ana Gutierrez

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People who signed up for this focus group:







Gabriela Hebin
Gabriela Hebin
United States




How much is a fair fee and how to protect it without losing business.


Cizc
Cizc
China


How to be competitive and not starve? :-)
Gladys Wiezel
Gladys Wiezel
United States




Ana Raffo
Ana Raffo
United States








How do I know if my rates are competitive?
Paula Loubier
Paula Loubier
United States












Nada Khwairah
Nada Khwairah
United Arab Emirates








Theresa Trisolino
Theresa Trisolino
United Kingdom










Rates always seem to be a closely-guarded secret, making it extremely hard to know what is a fair fee for any particular type of translation, and also to keep up to date with current rates in general. I often find I'm inundated with offers of work, but have no idea whether this is due (in part!) to the rates I charge!
Carol Gullidge
Carol Gullidge
United Kingdom


Friera
Friera
Spain






The idea of anonymous data base (Ward) is rather reasonable. As for the antitrust laws (Patricia), there is a good practice in Russia - be the first one in doing something and let your opponents demand justice:). It really works!












best way to set up my rates
vandermon lopes (X)
vandermon lopes (X)
Brazil


I always read mails from from outsourcers with this statement: "quote with your best competitive rates" Competitive compared to what?




JoannaHeaps
JoannaHeaps
United Kingdom


Alina A
Alina A
United States














Alenka Novel
Alenka Novel
Slovenia








Fwell
Fwell
United Kingdom




I need to be advised, it is always a "hot topic".
Mariana Snyder
Mariana Snyder
United States




I'd like to see an anonymous database open to all registered Proz translators where a translator can enter the rates they have just received for a job with other anonymous info such as language pair, native speaker or not, total wordcount, subject, years exp as a translator, and country. We don't need to see who the agency is or even who the translator is. But I would like this database to do a dynamic calculation, available for all to see, of the average price per word so we can all get an idea of the industry average and how it changes over time.






svenskamerikan
svenskamerikan
United States


Ana Reyes
Ana Reyes
Puerto Rico




Lale Rehimova
Lale Rehimova
Azerbaijan


nelly matthews
nelly matthews
New Zealand




Brian Jones (X)
Brian Jones (X)
United States












WordLogic
WordLogic
Denmark


Nausi
Nausi
Spain




Marie LE MEN (X)
Marie LE MEN (X)










Great idea, Ward! I am not sure if it is legally possible with some of the antitrust laws that are in place. But seeing "normal rates" would hopefully also keep some translators from offering ridiculously low rates. I would like to find out from other participants whether they regularly adjust their rates for inflation or whether their rates stay the same over years, and if they adjust them, how they go about it, and what has worked best for them.
Patricia Daehler
Patricia Daehler
United States


How much different can rate be for different languages but the same translator ?


akkek
akkek
United Kingdom


Sara Afaneh
Sara Afaneh
Saudi Arabia










Translation rates in Italy, how the crisis affected translation rates.


Gabriella Maldonado
Gabriella Maldonado
United States


Opinions are often strongly expressed about the widespread agency practice of setting discounts for TM-generated 100% and fuzzy matches and repetitions. Is this clearly fair or a rip-off?
Clive Phillips
Clive Phillips
United Kingdom


We are so diverse, how can we set a price that is fair to all of us.
Sara Rodriguez
Sara Rodriguez
United States








The reason rates are not openly discussed, and what others are chargning.
gkeller (X)
gkeller (X)
United States




Translation rates are as low as 0.03 USD in India. We should be determined to take it to the appropriate level. Communication between Indian translators is crucial in it.





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