Mind your words: “Islam began as something strange and will revert to being strange as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers.” – The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
Rates or in this case translation price is always a challenge for me. Deciding on the best rate for the translation activity that I provide is not always easy and it is always and should be based on projects.
It may seem tedious to always provide potential client rates or price. I mean, I may easily print that on some price list and upload on one page. But I don’t do that. One rule that I always say to myself that translation or interpreting is not a mass produce product. It is a product on a mass scale if we decide to i.e. we use machine translation. If this is the case the quality will be in question.
Again on the subject of price or quotation I may be contacted based on each project that comes to my email. It is understandable that this service may be unreasonable for some but again translation is not a product that we make or produce but it is our passion as translators to provide the best and for that we are giving a reasonable rate.
Hopefully, with experience and the types of translation that translator has on their resumé, the rates will hopefully be lower as the learning curve and the time to do research has decline.