Request to outsourcers and clients who, 'are not offering a fee for this project'
Thread poster: Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz

Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Poland
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English to Polish
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Jan 28, 2014

I have seen this today once too many. In result, I just can't and won't stay silent on the subject.

When you, for whatever reason, have a translation project that you would like to receive free of charge, and for some reason you aren't ashamed to ask, spell it out.

'Due to factors such and such the client is not offering a fee,' seriously?

It can be one the free: a pro bono project, in which case you shouldn't be ashamed, a favour, which takes a way different sort of language to ask for (didn't mum teach you?), or you're requesting a commercial service to be rendered without payment.

If you have the nerve to offer a job without payment, have the nerve to admit it.

How about you go to work in an office and your boss informs you that due to a temporary decrease in revenue he isn't offering you any pay this month?

Thank you.


[Edited at 2014-01-28 14:02 GMT]


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Dinny  Identity Verified
Greece
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New trend? Jan 28, 2014

Seeing the job offers at ProZ lately, this might just be the new trend. Not a big step from offering something like USD 0.02 per word for translation into down right asking you to do it for free.



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Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
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... Jan 28, 2014

Asking for a commercial service to be rendered free of charge for a pro bono cause or as a favour is one thing, heck, asking for a free service openly, period, is also one thing.

But what sort of thing is, 'not offering a fee for this project?' Beggars have more class.


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Branka Ramadanovic  Identity Verified
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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It seems Jan 28, 2014

that the economic crisis is becoming deeper all the time, according what I see here....

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Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Poland
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... Jan 28, 2014

Again, I'm only addressing the manner of communication here, not the substance of the proposal. I know it's a ludicrous thing that we get asked to work without pay, but my primary concern here is the manner. The, 'not offering a fee for this project,' language to wit.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Maybe... Jan 28, 2014

Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz wrote:

The, 'not offering a fee for this project,' language to wit.


Maybe they're not offering a fee for said project because they're waiting for quotes?

I'm not acting "smart" here, but am trying to take this non-offer with a smile. After all, that's all one can do... aside from moving on to real jobs.


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xxxnrichy
France
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French to Dutch
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My uncle Jan 28, 2014

sometimes receives a bottle of wine for his translations. But of course this generous offer is not stated beforehand, and he cannot ask for it...

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Mark Benson  Identity Verified

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I offer a different service Jan 28, 2014

Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz wrote:

I have seen this today once too many. In result, I just can't and won't stay silent on the subject.

When you, for whatever reason, have a translation project that you would like to receive free of charge, and for some reason you aren't ashamed to ask, spell it out.

'Due to factors such and such the client is not offering a fee,' seriously?

It can be one the free: a pro bono project, in which case you shouldn't be ashamed, a favour, which takes a way different sort of language to ask for (didn't mum teach you?), or you're requesting a commercial service to be rendered without payment.

If you have the nerve to offer a job without payment, have the nerve to admit it.

How about you go to work in an office and your boss informs you that due to a temporary decrease in revenue he isn't offering you any pay this month?

Thank you.


[Edited at 2014-01-28 14:02 GMT]


I mean, I really like your posts as always, but I have to say that I think your basic assumption is wrong. Everything that's free isn't pro bono.


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