Worksheets on translation and interpretation, based on ASTM Standards:
- GT Interpreting Specs rv oct 2014. A previous version of this document is quoted on pages 22 and 23 of the American Translators Association response to the Department of Homeland Security Language Access Plans. Click here to see the ATA response to the DHS.
- GT Translations process filled in Feb 2017. Helen Eby was ASTM Technical Contact for the ASTM Standard Guide for Quality Assurance in Translation F2575-14, which this document is consistent with.
- Gaucha Translations rates
- ATA Translation Job Model Contract
Other documents Helen Eby wrote or was involved in:
- GT developed this Style Guide for translation into Spanish to guide clients as they review Spanish translations. Style guide for translation into Spanish, Feb 10 2012.
- GT developed this guide for web page translation for clients.
- Helen Eby, from Gaucha Translations, was the Technical Contact for the ASTM Subcommittee F43.03 on Language Translation that led to the publication of the revised Translation Standard, F2575-14.
- This PowerPoint is an overview of both the Interpreting and the Translation standards, including their legal implications and links to the ASTM download sites. Helen Eby has presented versions of this at ATA, ACES, OHA, and other venues.
- Helen Eby created a simplified approach to evaluating her rates from a cost of doing business perspective before launching as a full-time translator and interpreter. Click on the following link to download the spreadsheet. Helen-Eby-rate-rationale
Other useful resources
- Internet interaction principles from Seth Godin – 10 principles he published in September 2016. They are excellent guiding principles for all times.
- The difference between employment and independent contracting
- How independent contracting works for interpreters and translators in Oregon
- What does a copy editor do? See this list of job descriptions from the Editorial Freelancers Association.
- Due diligence links for translators, by Paula Gordon (dba Plan B)
- Interpreting log for dual-role employees – a spreadsheet similar to what I use for other types of work.
- Questions when dealing with a conundrum. Read this blog post that Helen Eby wrote.
- T&I Careers page from MIIS
- Overview of the American Language Companies (ALC) 2015 survey of the industry, published on the ATA Interpreters Division blog with the permission of the ALC.
- Useful Links page from NAJIT: includes links for court interpreter certification, state and local interpreter and translator sites, national information, and college programs for court and legal interpreters and translators. Check out this treasure trove!
Check this map to see where your language is spoken, and where it is taught. Then go to the ATA Chapters and Affilliates page and register with the local chapter that serves the locality where your language is spoken! You will be able to find your target market more easily this way. Many local associations will accept members from other areas.
Spreadsheets to help establish a business case for a rate:
The American Translators Association has put together a spreadsheet to help translators and interpreters evaluate their rates from a cost of doing business perspective. Please click on the link to CalPro on this page (right after the explanation paragraph).
Negotiation is a very important part of life for a freelancer! Check “Negotiation – A Learnable Skill” in The Savvy Newcomer blog. It may give you some helpful ideas on negotiating translation rates. Since 70% of interpreters also work in the translation field, this could be important.
There’s a great booklet by Jonathan Hine: “I Am Worth It!”. This book outlines the things to consider when you set rates as a freelancer. Check his online bookstore! It’s only about $6.
Before accepting work from a new language service company:
The Proz.com BlueBoard is “a searchable database of language job outsourcers with feedback from service providers” and rates language companies according to respondents’ LWA (Likelihood to Work Again). It gives a rating of 1 to 5 for free, and if you become a Proz member you can have access to more details. Proz also offers training, access to terminology discussions, etc.
Payment Practices™ is the oldest and most extensive dataset related to the payment practices of translation agencies and other consumers of translation services. It has a free trial for 7 days, and then a very low cost annual subscription.
Translator Scammers Directory: Linguists post information on known scammers
How not to get a job. There are things you can say that will look bad to potential employers. Conversely, knowing these things can improve your chances with a client.
ATA guides for translation and interpreting contracting:
- Check the ATA Translation and Interpreting Services Agreements.
- The ATA Business Practices page has more useful resources available.