Requiring an up-front (refundable) deposit for translation services
Thread poster: golf264

golf264  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:28
English to Dutch
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Mar 31, 2011


I am now starting to require that employers pay me a deposit of the final invoice ahead of time as a token of their promise to pay.

The deposit I am asking for is 200 USD for large-term projects, otherwise 20% of the final costs. Is this too far-fetched and paranoid?

I am only doing this because I receive the standard amount of Nigerian email per week, and the scams appear to be only getting worse and better formulated. I myself was cheated some 3 years back after I had translated a whole book! for someone.

The transaction itself is safe, and I let the deposit be accounted via Paypal. I always let the employer know that they can file a claim for refund with Paypal if they are not satisfied. And therefore they shouldnt really have any reason not to want to pay.

Is this a practice that some you are also employing?

Grateful for your suggestions/experience/advice.


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Wouter van Kampen
Local time: 19:28
Danish to Dutch
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Good idea Apr 1, 2011

For e.g for building contractors this is common practice. I tried it before when an agency wanted me to work on a huge semi continuous project. They refused but did agree to invoicing in stages of delivery. I like your idea of using PayPal to this purpose. Another approach is using dedicated Escrow services -- -- which might be more secure.

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JL01  Identity Verified
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Not employers Apr 1, 2011

Just for the record, I don't think that "employer" is applicable.

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