In these days I have started planning my professional website and therefore I looked at a few colleagues’ websites for inspiration. Most translators’ websites have a similar structure, which includes pages such as Home, About me, Specialisms and Contact. However, some people put their rates on the web, whereas some have a specific page to request a quote.
I have therefore tried to analyse pros and cons of showing your rates to the world, you’re more than welcome to add any points I missed!
Pros of showing your rates:
– Clients know straight away what your rates are and therefore you might be hired faster as you skip the tell-me-your-rates step;
– It is a very transparent approach.
Cons of showing your rates:
– It is much easier for others to make a competitors’ analysis because everything is there;
– It might be more difficult to increase them or tailor them to each client/agency;
– You have to consider all the different aspects of a project and put appropriate charges (urgency, any DTP work required, translation/revision, voice-over, etc.)
– Also, which currency should you use? If you are based in the Eurozone, but you work mainly with US-based clients, you can only use one currency, unless you want to check the exchange rate every hour…
On the whole, I think I would feel more comfortable not to show my rates, although I believe it might be handy to have a *.pdf document with your rates you can send to a prospective client if they ask for it.
And you? Do you show your rates on your website/profile as a translator or do you prefer to provide them depending on the project?