The point is not whether a free mail id is used. The issue is one needs to know who is behind the email. If one gets an email from email@example.com but does not provide his her website url or full contact address one should be careful. I am working through net for last 8 years and this is from my own experience. When I analyse my bad-payers I find that they did not provide full contact details and had free email ids. The seven points I provided are just indicators and have to taken in combination.
We are always in a hurry to get more jobs and whenever receive any offer we accept it and do our best to deliver the job. It is in our interest to check, by whatever means whether the client is genuine or not.
Regarding 5000 words, this is just a figure. I received enquiries for large volume of job in a very limited time. Any project manager knows what is humanly possible to translate in a day. SO whenever such a request comes, we need to double check.
Sergei Tumanov wrote:
Agency wants 5000 words in a day.
just an example
Caterpillar wants their new technical manual of 100 thousand words to be translated in 10 days.
I do not think this is a sign that Caterpillar is not serious....
Quite opposite. usual stu/// of a BIG multinational.
as far as the free email addresses are concerned.
Just imagine some translator have introduced the idea of mobile office. The person does not sit in closed room, but walks in the streets or spend time in parks having his/her mobile communicator in the pocket.... Successfully runs his/her business from a location of his/her own choice.
Does he/her stop being serious as he/she has no more a big expensive office, a secretary, HUGE rent bills to pay, etc?
[Edited at 2007-02-28 09:24]