Just recently I have come across the following web page http://www.trustedtranslations.com/translation-company/translation-rates.asp, dealing with the pricing of translation jobs. In this otherwise very interesting text that I can agree with, one thing surprised me.
Let me quote: “The pricing for translation projects can be done on a flat fee basis, such as price per page or hourly rate. However, this is not an industry standard nor is it recommended for many reasons. First, as every document is different, the number of words per page can vary significantly. Also, many countries use different sizes of paper. As for hourly rates, each translator has his or her own pace.”
While I can agree with the hourly rates bit I don’t dig the arguments in favour of the per word pricing. Continue reading