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Do I have to pay to quote on a ProZ.com job?
Thread poster: FaisalKhan2121

FaisalKhan2121
Local time: 12:58
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Feb 14, 2012

I wanted to submit a quote but I saw 1 dollar is needed to submit a quote!

So, is proz not free?

Does it mean I can only contact the buyer who accept mail?


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Tom in London
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Don't do it Feb 14, 2012

FaisalKhan2121 wrote:

I wanted to submit a quote but I saw 1 dollar is needed to submit a quote!

So, is proz not free?

Does it mean I can only contact the buyer who accept mail?



This is clearly a scam and should be reported to the Proz moderators.


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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"Frequently Asked Questions" Feb 14, 2012

The relevant FAQ is here: http://www.proz.com/faq/3145#3145

The outsourcer specifies the method of contact; if it is by e-mail there is no fee.


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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Not a scam Feb 14, 2012

Tom in London wrote:

This is clearly a scam and should be reported to the Proz moderators.


I am assuming this is the ProZ.com fee for non-paying members Tom, as described in the FAQ.


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FaisalKhan2121
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It 's not good Feb 14, 2012

Does it mean non members can only bid where buyers want direct contact?

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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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Read the FAQs Feb 14, 2012

No; you can bid by paying the $1 ProZ.com fee.

You add funds to your ProZ.com Wallet here: https://www.proz.com/?sp=wallet_deposit


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FaisalKhan2121
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Is it true Feb 14, 2012

The link says I can withdraw the money full. I sit true?

If I deposit 20 dollars does it mean I can quote 20 projects?

Is it monthly or total 20 projects?

Please answer I am totally confused.


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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The FAQs are perfectly clear! Feb 14, 2012

If it says you can withdraw the money, why would that not be true?

At $1 per job bid, $20 allows you to bid for 20 jobs (if my maths are correct).
No time limit is mentioned, so there isn't one!


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Support ticket Feb 14, 2012

Can I suggest you send a support ticket to ProZ.com staff? You can do that from the Support Centre under the "about" tab. That way, you'll know exactly where you stand.

Sheila


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Lucia Leszinsky
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Job quoting is free and unlimited for members only Feb 14, 2012

Dear FaisalKhan2121,

Job quoting --via direct contact or using the job quoting form-- is open and unlimited to ProZ.com members, http://www.proz.com/membership/

Non-members willing to quote on a job will be asked to pay $1 USD per quote. To be able to pay this amount when quoting, you are given the chance to deposit money into your wallet in advance. As Russell says, you can deposit money into your wallet here: https://www.proz.com/?sp=wallet_deposit

There is no job or time limit for your wallet deposit and you can use part of the money deposited for quoting on a few jobs and the rest for the partial payment of a site product (membership for instance).

Hope this explains.

Please let me know if you have any further doubts.

Kind regards,

Lucia


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Serena Basili  Identity Verified
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I don't find it so fair Mar 26, 2015

I thnik that no one should pay for trying to get a job , even if it is 1 USD. (actually, 20 USD!)
What if I am new to this world and still haven't got a job as a freelancer, I would have to pay without being assured that the job will be mine!
That's just crazy


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Paying before being assumed of the job Mar 26, 2015

Serena Basili wrote:
I would have to pay without being assured that the job will be mine!


That's exactly the situation that paid members are in. They pay membership fee, but they're not assured that the jobs will be theirs. Paying $1 per quote is a lot cheaper than the membership fee.


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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Payment Mar 26, 2015

I just wanted to say that I found plenty of work here before becoming a paid member. Simply being a paid member doesn't automatically mean that you win every bid, either.

If you don't want to spend any money, only go for the direct contact jobs. You could also try one of the many other marketing techniques available, answering Koduz questions and rank higher in the directories, starting a website, or try social media - I've had a lot of success with Facebook lately.

I haven't come across any other translator platforms that let you bid without being a paid member.


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Serena Basili  Identity Verified
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This is true, but... May 19, 2015

Samuel Murray wrote:

Serena Basili wrote:
I would have to pay without being assured that the job will be mine!


That's exactly the situation that paid members are in. They pay membership fee, but they're not assured that the jobs will be theirs. Paying $1 per quote is a lot cheaper than the membership fee.






But if they can afford to pay the full membership it means they have a stable income and are working, right?


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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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Not really May 19, 2015

Serena Basili wrote:

But if they can afford to pay the full membership it means they have a stable income and are working, right?


Translation is a business like any other, to reap benefits one must invest. Just like it is necessary to have appropriate hardware and software it is also necessary to spend time and money on promotion and networking.

The fact that someone makes such investments says nothing about income, and even less about income from translation.

Stanislaw


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