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Payment per word count

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Cordula H Member Since: Jul 10, 2017
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Hi

I am a freelance translator. I have a client interested in hiring me to translate documents as they come in every week within 24 h. It’s going to be an ongoing contract and I would like to charge per word count. We agreed about a price but since we don’t know how much work it is going to be we can´t handle it as a fixed price contract. But the only other way I find to invoice the client is per hour. Is there a way to invoice per word count?

 

Thanks

Cordula

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Matthew T Member Since: Jul 10, 2017
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Hey Cordula,

 

Something that I do with clients when this same situation occurs is to have them fund the Escrow account with a minimum amount that you know you'll write. Meaning, if you know you'll at least write say 50,000 words and your rate per word is $.02, then you would have them fund the Escrow with $1000. Then, the rest is funded as you write it or know what the total word count comes to at the end. This ensures that you're getting paid upfront in some form before beginning the work. Also, I've found this works well with Milestones as you're writing. 

 

I hope this helps. Very exciting for you to have found a long-term client. Smiley Happy

 

Matthew

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Martin P Member Since: Aug 9, 2018
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Hi Matthew,

I saw your answer about billing for word count, but being new to Upwork, I'm not sure how I do that.

 

Any hints on how I actually do it within Upwork?

 

Thanks in advance

Martin

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
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@Cordula H wrote:

Hi

I am a freelance translator. I have a client interested in hiring me to translate documents as they come in every week within 24 h. It’s going to be an ongoing contract and I would like to charge per word count. We agreed about a price but since we don’t know how much work it is going to be we can´t handle it as a fixed price contract. But the only other way I find to invoice the client is per hour. Is there a way to invoice per word count?

 

Thanks

Cordula


A: Just ask your client to create and fund a new milestone everytime he sends you a new text.

B: Create a milestone for an amout X and once you reached it, request the payment to be released and create a new milestone.

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Martin P Member Since: Aug 9, 2018
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Okay, thanks for the advice.

Martin

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Alexandra H Member Since: Jul 30, 2015
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Cordula, I am assuming that the content and text types will be similar as well, so why not just work out how many words (roughly) you can handle in an hour and then multiply your hourly fee? When I do my bidding for jobs, I usually have to guess how many words it will be because the client doesn't know, and so I have an estimate for each type of text at hand (technical or scientific with lots of terminology research, website or marketing copy requiring a bit of imagination and fiddling, poetry requiring a certain amount of thinking time or historic research, and so on...)

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Cordula's post is from last year and it seems the contract never materialised (or at least not on Upwork...)

 

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
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@Petra R wrote:

Cordula's post is from last year and it seems the contract never materialised (or at least not on Upwork...)

 


 But I guess Martin cares for some answers.

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Martin P Member Since: Aug 9, 2018
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Thanks for the answers.

Yes Jenn ifer, I'm just looking for the best way to manage this within Upwork. The current sysem is a little cumbersome, but can be made to work.

 

Thanks

Martin

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