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Arben Seva  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:35
Member (2003)
English to Albanian
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Oct 10, 2004

I was contacted from one promising new client requesting translation and interpretation services. We don’t do interpretation as the demand is quite low for our languages. However I offered to find someone, just to help them. I contacted some people and I managed to get some CVs and rates. The next days I will contact the client and I will inform them about the available interpreters. The question is, should I just pass their information to the client and try to stay out of the case, or should I become the middle man and try to make a profit. If the latter, how much this percentage should be? What other issues will I have to deal with if I choose to be the middle man?
Thanks for any suggestions.


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Andy Lemminger  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 16:35
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English to German
Just some ideas what could go wrong... Oct 10, 2004

...in case you act as an agency:
- The interpreters could fail to show up (in time) and in consequence you have to pay the resulting damages to your client.
- The client could refuse to pay for whatever reasons (financial problems, not satisfied)... You would still have to pay the interpreters though.
- The interpreters could do a bad job and therefore your relationship to the client could suffer
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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
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Best to Stay Out Oct 10, 2004

Just pass along the information as a favor and let the client work with the people directly. You have no experience in the area and you could end up in a pond of alligators if you try to be a middle man.

However, helping the client with information even though you get nothing out of it right now, could be worth some good will down the road.


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NancyLynn
Canada
Local time: 18:35
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French to English
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agree Oct 10, 2004

Referrals often come back to you later.

OTOH, making a profit requires responsibility on your part - not necessarily a good thing if you are not set up for it (insurance, etc).

Good luck!

Nancy


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