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Old 09-12-2018, 08:45 PM
 
Location: California
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I work for a book publishing company related to the Construction Industry.

We are getting an overwhelming demand for the product En Espanol.

We need to hire a person freelance, or gig to translate some of the books.

My question is:

What is a fair compensation to translate the content of the books?
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:49 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:11 PM
 
Location: California
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I already have people working on this.
I have a mother and son. Should I give them a 1K in advance?

I was thinking .30 % to them for each sold online exam or book en Espanol, like the Vendors get.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:09 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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What is a fair compensation to translate the content of the books?
$X per page to translate
$Y per page to go back over their work and edit
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:32 AM
 
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I already have people working on this.
I have a mother and son. Should I give them a 1K in advance?

I was thinking .30 % to them for each sold online exam or book en Espanol, like the Vendors get.
No, they're not selling product, they are doing contract work for you right now.

Pay them per page as they finish each section. Be sure to get their social security numbers so you can send them a 1099 next year.

How will you know if they do a good job? Can you or someone else read Spanish?
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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1. There are professional firms that will do this on a per page or per 100 words basis. It would be worthwhile to use them, particularly for something like construction where specifics can matter.

2. Alternatively, if this is really "small business" and we aren't talking a lot of money here - go find a professor at a university nearby and ask them for some recommendations on who could do good work. What you don't want to do is have some uncertified, non-professionals (like a mom and son) translate how THEY think it should be translated when it may not actually make sense to the end users, especially for something technical like construction. Nuance matters.
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Old 09-13-2018, 11:32 AM
 
Location: California
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1. There are professional firms that will do this on a per page or per 100 words basis. It would be worthwhile to use them, particularly for something like construction where specifics can matter.

2. Alternatively, if this is really "small business" and we aren't talking a lot of money here - go find a professor at a university nearby and ask them for some recommendations on who could do good work. What you don't want to do is have some uncertified, non-professionals (like a mom and son) translate how THEY think it should be translated when it may not actually make sense to the end users, especially for something technical like construction. Nuance matters.
I have already had these individuals conversing en Espanol with customers.
One has left a voice message en Espanol. She is a Virgo, very articulate.
I have faith that they will do the correct translation because I have had them translate over 20 voice messages from Espanol to English, and it has boosted sales.

My question is how much compensation is fair? There are online exams as well that they are working on translating as well.

TIA for any past experiences regarding this matter, otherwise I can go off of what freelancers are charging on fivrr
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Old 09-13-2018, 12:27 PM
 
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From a quick Google search, I'm seeing averages between 3 and 7 cents per word.
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Old 09-13-2018, 01:33 PM
 
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Why do you keep using “en espanol”?
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:30 PM
 
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From a quick Google search, I'm seeing averages between 3 and 7 cents per word.
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
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