too small to outsource

A translation job that effectively costs more to arrange the procurement of the external translation than to translate it yourself. Sometimes this is partly due to the fact that the translation would be charged at a translator’s minimum fee that is disproportionately expensive compared with the actual cost based on either the character/word/line count. Otherwise it can be that the time spent reviewing the translation and/or doing the necessary procurement added to the cost of the translation is substantially more than if you do the translation yourself.