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Hourly rates Philippines

Hello I am looking to have some text description work performed and need to know hourly rates in low cost countries. If I am correct the Philippines is the lowest cost English speaking country ie their English is good. Does anyone know what I would expect to pay per hour to have someone produce a catalogue description or storyline of a product. Say 5 lines of text and maybe 200 products? I am looking for either a per product rate or hourly rate.

Also where is the best place to get this kind of think translated into German, French and Spanish/Italian. Here it is all too expensive!!!

Thanks for any pointers.
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Re: Hourly rates Philippines

For the size of the task you're looking at, your best bet is something like this:

Mechanical Turk

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Microtask
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For the size of the task you're looking at, your best bet is something like this:

Mechanical Turk

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Microtask
Thanks for the suggestions. I am actually looking for a bit of creative writing and for a business proposal need to know the actual hourly rates. I am guessing per item 15 minutes will do it ie 4 items per hour. If the rate is $4 per hour then I know $1 per item etc.

I am not far enough yet for Mechanical Turk but that does look interesting.
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Hello I am looking to have some text description work performed and need to know hourly rates in low cost countries. If I am correct the Philippines is the lowest cost English speaking country ie their English is good. Does anyone know what I would expect to pay per hour to have someone produce a catalogue description or storyline of a product. Say 5 lines of text and maybe 200 products? I am looking for either a per product rate or hourly rate.

Also where is the best place to get this kind of think translated into German, French and Spanish/Italian. Here it is all too expensive!!!

Thanks for any pointers.
on a high proximate monthly salary in the Philippines, CHF 375 is a monthly salary. I suggest, that you go to a Philippine school of international language... you may get a package of services to those faculty Language Instructors who would like to get extra money on the side.
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on a high proximate monthly salary in the Philippines, CHF 375 is a monthly salary. I suggest, that you go to a Philippine school of international language... you may get a package of services to those faculty Language Instructors who would like to get extra money on the side.
So based on that I could find someone with pretty good English and hire them for a month if I give them CHF 400? Would that be right? Or if I said CHF 500 they would work hard:-) If it is how would I go about finding someone- any ideas? I see you are pacific is that western pacific ie maybe from the Philippines? Kamusta ka na?

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Re: Hourly rates Philippines

The hourly rate is misleading, as it's based on someone working in a full-time job. You can't just extrapolate and assume people will accept the same wage for a short-term assignment. Moreover, as you rightly point out, there are practical considerations about actually finding someone to do such a small piece of work, especially when you're sitting half-a-planet away.

If your estimate is right (200 items * 15 minutes per item), you're talking about 50 hours of work for someone.

Based on the pure hourly rate of the salary indicated below, that's ~$100 for the job if paid on an hourly basis.

If I was in your shoes, I'd plan on putting the task on Mechanical Turk or similar and offer a per-item rate of between $0.50 and $1.00.

The work is simply too small for a "per hour" figure to be accurate, because it ignores the cost of finding the person to do the work, administering the payment to them, etc.

At least a piece rate gives you a good, solid number to work from. If you look for similar tasks on Mechanical Turk, you can see what the going rate is for the kind of work you're looking to do.
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The hourly rate is misleading, as it's based on someone working in a full-time job. You can't just extrapolate and assume people will accept the same wage for a short-term assignment. Moreover, as you rightly point out, there are practical considerations about actually finding someone to do such a small piece of work, especially when you're sitting half-a-planet away.

If your estimate is right (200 items * 15 minutes per item), you're talking about 50 hours of work for someone.

Based on the pure hourly rate of the salary indicated below, that's ~$100 for the job if paid on an hourly basis.

If I was in your shoes, I'd plan on putting the task on Mechanical Turk or similar and offer a per-item rate of between $0.50 and $1.00.

The work is simply too small for a "per hour" figure to be accurate, because it ignores the cost of finding the person to do the work, administering the payment to them, etc.

At least a piece rate gives you a good, solid number to work from. If you look for similar tasks on Mechanical Turk, you can see what the going rate is for the kind of work you're looking to do.
I understand but I need to get the products to the people to describe - pictures don'f provide enough information... I cannot send products to 100s of addresses. I can get the translations done using Mechanical turk though:-)
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Re: Hourly rates Philippines

Not to second-guess you, but have you factored in the cost of shipping all the products there-and-back again? I'd have thought that would wipe out a considerable amount of the labour arbitrage.

Might be easier to ship the work to the UK, or even find an English-speaker on the forum who's just looking to make a bit of money on the side.
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Not to second-guess you, but have you factored in the cost of shipping all the products there-and-back again? I'd have thought that would wipe out a considerable amount of the labour arbitrage.

Might be easier to ship the work to the UK, or even find an English-speaker on the forum who's just looking to make a bit of money on the side.
The products are made in Indonesia:-)
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So based on that I could find someone with pretty good English and hire them for a month if I give them CHF 400? Would that be right? Or if I said CHF 500 they would work hard:-) If it is how would I go about finding someone- any ideas? I see you are pacific is that western pacific ie maybe from the Philippines? Kamusta ka na?

Thanks
did not get a chance to reply to this message... apology for the big delay...

did you get a chance to get your translation service?
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