10 euros an hour
Thread poster: Sabine Fischer

Sabine Fischer
Local time: 17:14
German to Dutch
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Aug 22, 2007

Dear all,

I think proz.com is a very good place to meet and greet, but honestly, sometimes I can get quite upset when I see the rates offered by some potential customers.
Just now a job was posted where the people are looking for an interpreter, preferably with a degree in research/marketing and they are offering 10 euro per hour???

My housekeeper makes more money!

I'd rather work as a volunteer than be exploited.

Just something off my chest !

Greetings from a fellow translator (who is a little bit frustrated).



Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:14
English to German
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Ignore it and move on Aug 22, 2007

Hi Sabine,
Have a look at the archives - there have been numerous discussions of this kind in the past.

My advice is to simply ignore offers such as this.

Best regards,


Seamus Moran  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:14
German to English
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I agree Aug 22, 2007

When i see these offers i think:

a) how can they insult my/your intelligence?

b) how can they be so stingy?

Nobody should reply to these ads!


Local time: 11:14
Whose fault? Aug 22, 2007

Nobody should reply to these ads! [/quote]

Unfortunately there are enough translators who bid for the job...


Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:14
it is an ever-playing record Aug 22, 2007

Well, if you pay peanuts, you're going to get monkeys.

However, you always have the right to refuse such rates.icon_smile.gif


Local time: 16:14
Some jobs... Aug 22, 2007

... are not strictly translation or interpretation jobs, but jobs every bilingual person could do, or even jobs which require a native speaker of a language other than the employer's. I think it is the case here.

But then, the question would be if such jobs should be advertised here in the first place...



Michael and Raimunda Poe  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:14
English to Portuguese
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Try this Aug 22, 2007

I was shocked when I saw $0.02 per word and they were not going to count repeated words!


MariusV  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:14
English to Lithuanian
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hold your emotions Aug 23, 2007

Earlier I used to get nervous too when I received offers like those 10 EUR per hour or 0.03 USD per word. But now I just a proposal, read it, and if I see 10 EUR or 0.03 USD, or something like that, I just delete that and read the next message. Why you should waste your time and energy for such offers?


Valery Kaminski  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:14
Member (2006)
English to Russian
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$ 2 for 2000 characters Aug 23, 2007

I got one and the same offer from two other sites.
The ridiculous rate (I believe smth like $ 0,005/word) is not the most entertaining feature.

They say their mission is to elevate the earth’s spiritual level!

I 've been trying to imagine the heights that kind of translation can reach...


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