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Old 09-14-2018, 03:32 PM
 
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Thank you for the advice!

I will offer to pay her 3 cents per word to start. Her eyes will lite up. Such a humble person.
I offered her a percentage of the sales based on her returning phone calls in Spanish or en Espanol, and she refused the money.

I also live in a cul de sac surrounded by some friendly Hispanic neighbors who I can have check out the translation for some Cervaza
That's a horrible rate for translation. Seriously, who makes business decisions based on what some stranger on an anonymous forum finds on a Google search? And going off the rates on Fiverr? LOL. Professional publishing companies don't use Fiverr-quality private contractors.

You get what you pay for. And that percentage business -- just no.

I'd go the professional route rather than trying to get the cheapest possible option for this. Translation involves having serious skills in both languages, and just because someone can translate a brief phone message doesn't mean they're going to do a good job on a full-length book. You'll also need a translator with substantial knowledge of construction. As a prior poster states, specifics matter.

Paying in beer for others to "check out the translation"...what could possibly wrong...

Seriously, it doesn't sound as if you're up to managing this project.

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Old 09-16-2018, 06:52 AM
 
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That's a horrible rate for translation. Seriously, who makes business decisions based on what some stranger on an anonymous forum finds on a Google search? And going off the rates on Fiverr? LOL. Professional publishing companies don't use Fiverr-quality private contractors.

You get what you pay for. And that percentage business -- just no.

I'd go the professional route rather than trying to get the cheapest possible option for this. Translation involves having serious skills in both languages, and just because someone can translate a brief phone message doesn't mean they're going to do a good job on a full-length book. You'll also need a translator with substantial knowledge of construction. As a prior poster states, specifics matter.

Paying in beer for others to "check out the translation"...what could possibly wrong...

Seriously, it doesn't sound as if you're up to managing this project.
Not to mention cerveza was spelled wrong
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:00 PM
 
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Seriously, who makes business decisions based on what some stranger on an anonymous forum finds on a Google search?
I agree! And I was the one who did the Google search.

The point I was trying to make was that you could find general ideas that other people pay for translations rather easily. I suppose I was being snarky - my apologies!

There are sites online that actually do research about these things and find yearly averages for wages for various jobs/skills.

I absolutely agree that paying residuals after the fact is not good at all. Pay an acceptable rate based on how much you value the skills for your task. Don't pay less just because she's a humble person whose "eyes will light up" if you give her the lowest possible.
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Old 09-16-2018, 01:35 PM
 
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Also there's a big difference between someone who can read and translate conversational English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, etc., and someone who can read understand and translate technical writing. If the person doing the translating knows nothing about the subject, you're more likely to have translation issues.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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i have a lot of my materials translated and i use different translation services for different things. if im a publishing company, translating some legitimately published material, i probably wouldnt be using some lady that has translated a few emails for me in the past. we have a company that we go to for translating education materials for employees. off the top of my head i cant remember the cost.

if i did hire some lady, i would probably want her to work in my office and id pay her an hourly rate. i do use employees sometimes to translate things and that is basically what i am doing.

before we use anything, we will usually have an employee review it for accuracy. i pay them based on their hourly rate; unfortunately they dont accept cervezas.
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:45 AM
 
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I agree! And I was the one who did the Google search.

The point I was trying to make was that you could find general ideas that other people pay for translations rather easily. I suppose I was being snarky - my apologies!

There are sites online that actually do research about these things and find yearly averages for wages for various jobs/skills.
I don't know what search words you used, but 3-7 cents per word is substandard for translation services, especially when any kind of technical writing is involved.

Kind of sounds the OP having further difficulties with this from her other thread; that comes as no surprise. I rolled my eyes at the "humble" and "eyes lite up" remarks too. I'm getting the idea that this is someone with no business experience who thinks that being cheap is "smart."

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Old 09-17-2018, 03:26 PM
 
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I rolled my eyes at the "humble" and "eyes lite up" remarks too. I'm getting the idea that this is someone with no business experience who thinks that being cheap is "smart."
That really bothered me as well. Just thinking what my Hispanic son in law or his mother would think if they knew someone thought so low of them.
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