Poll: Do you ask for an official PO for test translations?
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Jun 4, 2016

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:33
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Convoluted question Jun 4, 2016

This is a roundabout way of asking

"Do you charge for test translations?"

since a PO would not be issued if you are doing the test translation for free, which is - unfortunately - the norm. icon_cry.gif


Teresa Borges
Local time: 15:33
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No Jun 4, 2016

Keep it sweet and simple...

After 40 years working as a translator (30 years full-time) I‘m rarely asked to do a test. I’ve been fortunate enough to get most of the clients I do work with through word-of-mouth, but if I’m really interested in a job I would rather do a translation test (paid or unpaid) than sending diplomas, references and the like and having to fill endless forms. Anyway, that’s how I got some of my highest-paid assignments.

[Edited at 2016-06-04 10:58 GMT]


svenfrade  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:33
French to German
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I don't do test translations Jun 4, 2016

Would you ask your lawyer/dentist/plumber for a test job? No? Then why on earth would you expect translators to do them?


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:33
Spanish to English
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Other Jun 4, 2016

Rarely do them nowadays. Don't like POs and never insist on them anyway. I have this odd habit of trusting the people I work with.


Doan Quang  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:33
English to Vietnamese
Rarely do unpaid tests nowadays Jun 4, 2016

Rarely do unpaid tests nowadays and POs are sometimes not required for paid tests.


Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:33
Member (2006)
French to English
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Only if ... Jun 4, 2016

I rarely do test translations but I'd ask for a PO only if the test was to be paid - which is seldom the case - and if client was new to me.
Like Teresa, I have acquired some good clients after doing a short test translation for them.


Ana Cravidao
Local time: 15:33
English to Portuguese
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No Jun 4, 2016

The vast majority of test translations are not paid. In fact, I haven't taken one which was financially compensated.


Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:33
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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PO = Purchase Order (or used to be until lask week) Jun 5, 2016

The last poll I answered was about rounding up invoice values. Now, requesting for POs for test translations.
I know I'm old, but I think some standards have changed while I was asleep. Doesn't "purchase" stand for buying and paying for something anymore?

[Edited at 2016-06-05 04:43 GMT]


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:33
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other - I rarely do test translations Jun 5, 2016

On the one occasion when I was paid, I processed the job as I would any other assignment.


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