Contracts and service agreements for translators

In this episode, Eve and Corinne discuss contracts and service agreements for freelance translators. Thanks to listener Erin Riddle for suggesting this show topic! If you have a topic you’d like us to discuss, drop us an e-mail at We discuss:

  • When do you need a full written contract for a translation? When is an e-mail OK?
  • How do you specify the terms of use for a translation?
  • What about subcontracting agreements?
  • What terms should be included in a contract?
  • Should you sign indemnification clauses?

Links mentioned in this episode:

-ATA’s translation services agreement guide and model contract
-ATA’s interpreting services agreement guide and model contract
-The PEN model contract for book translations

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Contracts and service agreements for translators