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spanish-german translation, 1,5 Euros for 100 Words, 600 words in 30-40 minutes

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Julia P Member Since: Nov 1, 2017
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Hello Everybody! I am new in up work and I got an offer to translate for 1,5 € / 100 words. The person said that there are around 600-1200 words every day and normally you need to traduce 30-40 minutes.  Please, somebody could tell me what you think about the offer and information?

Thank you very much for helping me. Yours Julia

 

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Aron H Member Since: Mar 29, 2017
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It unclear to me what you expect the response to be. Shall we tell you to take the job?

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Julia P Member Since: Nov 1, 2017
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Is the price ok? 

 

I never counted words

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Julia P Member Since: Nov 1, 2017
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smileyhappy:? You need  max. 40 min. to translate 600 words to 1200 words.? :

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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@Julia P wrote:

Hello Everybody! I am new in up work and I got an offer to translate for 1,5 € / 100 words. The person said that there are around 600-1200 words every day and normally you need to traduce 30-40 minutes.  Please, somebody could tell me what you think about the offer and information?

Thank you very much for helping me. Yours Julia

 


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Julia,

 

Payment is not made in euros on Upwork, so 1,5 euros per 100 words doesn't make sense - but it's very low if you convert it to dollars. I wouldn't even spend the time reading to the end of an offer like this. 

 

Nobody can give a you a ballpark figure on how long a translation can take. It depends on content, subject, how understandable the source language is - there are so many factors. You need to see the work and to figure out how long you think it would take you. However, the amount offered is extremely low. If you were to take one hour to do 1600 words you would be paid about $16.00 (less after Upwork charges, tax and exchange rates) which is quite a lot less than your hourly rate.

 

People do do translations for this sum, but it is not a realistic amount for anyone living in the West and your client's estimated time is equally unrealistic. From what I have seen on Upwork a better quote would be for $0.04 to $0.05 per word. Experienced translators ask for considerably more.  

 

You should work out a basic business model for yourself. You need to assess your own skills, know what your rates will be, and know exactly how much your take-home amount will be after deductions (Upwork fees, tax and exchange rates).  600 words would net you about $3 to $4. So if you were to take longer than ten minutes on the translation you would be working at a considerable loss (on an hourly basis). 

 

The low offer apart, the client does not sound very professional. I avoid clients who say things like, "this is an easy job", "shouldn't take longer than an hour max," etc. 

 

This is a bit long, but I hope it has helped. 

 

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Julia P Member Since: Nov 1, 2017
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Thank you very much for your answer! Kind regards Julia

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Ruth B Member Since: Jul 22, 2017
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What a great response!

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Julia, what do you usually charge for translations?

 

Can you really translate 600 to 1200 words in thirty to 40 minutes?

 

 

 

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Julia P Member Since: Nov 1, 2017
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Hello Petra,

I cannot translate 600-1200 words in 30-40 minutes.

 I thought that you perhaps can translate them. You are the professionals in the marketplace.

 I am new as a Freelancer and new in  Upwork. Upwork is my first marketplace.

In my private life, my translation price was not fixed. I was translating for my friends etc.  whoever needed something, for the price they offered to pay ...... 

 

Now I want to be a professional Freelancer and to live from the money I earn.

Yours 

Julia

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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Julia, your profile reads:

 

I would like to translate for you Spanish, English and French to German and General translations to English, Spanish and French

 

I understand that you are beginning it the field of translation, but you cannot do this. You can only translate into your native language. You don't translate into your source language(s). I don't know about your French or your Spanish, but your English is not at a native level at all, which doesn't allow you to translate into this language. If you do, you will get in trouble with clients who are native speakers of English and your profile may take a serious hit as a consequence.

 

You're a native speaker of German, this is your (only) target language. It's great that you have more than one source language. It's a valuable asset.

 

Also, you need to rewrite your profile overview. Clients don't care about where you want to work and about your life. They want to know what you can do for them.

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