"Outsourcer" is actually another translators' database website that demands percentage of invoice
Thread poster: Miguel Llorens

Miguel Llorens  Identity Verified
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Oct 20, 2004

An ad was published today which asks applicants to add their details on a URL in the company's website. The site, however, isn't a company's database of freelancers but actually a publicly accessible translators' database.

A closer look at their Terms and Conditions reveals a few interesting features of this innovative service. I don't know about you, but it smells like another step down in the slow but steady slide toward the sweatshop. If, like me, you tend to zip through Terms and Conditions, beware. A few choice tidbits:


Invoicing
Users are required to send invoices directly to **** for any projects initiated through clients located through the site and services provided by ****. When sending invoices freelancers have two choices. (A)They may choose 60 day payment terms where **** agrees to pay the invoice within 60 days or on the day the client pays the subsequent invoice sent by ****. However, payment by **** of the invoice from the freelancer may not be later than 60 days from the date of receipt of invoice. (B) The freelancer can choose to be paid within 3 working days. In this case **** will deduct a fee ranging from 3-7% of the invoiced amount and the payment will be made to the freelancer within 3 working days. Failure to invoice through **** may result in immediate suspension of User's account.

Clients are only obligated to pay invoices for services purchased as a result of sourcing a freelancer through ***. Invoices that do not come through ****, for services performed as a result of a project sourced through ****, should be considered invalid by the Client.

Circumvention of ****

You agree not to engage in any action or activities meant to circumvent the relationship between **** and the client. Prohibited activities include (but are not limited to) the following:

Services offered directly to the Client and not through ****;
Any agreement between Client and freelancer to mislead or defraud **** by conducting a transaction at different cost than the price agreed upon through ****;
Failing to report changed amounts or final project prices through the **** invoice system;
Advertising, spamming or offering services to Client outside of **** without receiving request for contact from Client.
Suggesting/soliciting Client contact you directly to buy services outside of ****
Any agreement (whether stated or implied) between Client and Freelancer to conduct future transactions outside of ****. Clients and Freelancers who make initial contact through **** are required to conduct any resulting, follow-up or new transactions through **** for at least twenty-four (24) months from the date that the first project is awarded by the Client to the freelancer. This includes invoicing the service-related fees through ***.



[Edited at 2004-10-20 23:23]

[Edited at 2004-10-20 23:36]


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Please contact a jobs moderator, and edit your post Oct 20, 2004

Hi Miguel,
Please contact a Jobs moderator with the job URL, so we can check. At the same time, I would request that your posting be edited by removing references to a specific outsourcer.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Ralf


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Miguel Llorens  Identity Verified
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Posting edited Oct 20, 2004

Ralf Lemster wrote:

At the same time, I would request that your posting be edited by removing references to a specific outsourcer.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Ralf


Hello,

The post has been edited in order to exclude specific names of the outsourcer. In fairness, I had contacted a jobs moderator early this afternoon and no reply was forthcoming. Apologies for any possible transgression of forum rules.

Best regards,
Miguel


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Much appreciated Oct 20, 2004

Thanks, Miguel - I really appreciate this.

Apologies for any possible transgression of forum rules.

No problem. I found the issue very relevant, which is why I preferred having it edited to removing it.

Good night, Ralf


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