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Payment practice groups for translators September 25, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Business practices.

I got contacted yesterday by a local translation agency for an interpreting job, which I turned down because I don’t interpret. However, I also let them know that I couldn’t in good conscience recommend someone, because they had come to my attention several years ago on several payment practice listservs to which I belong. I could have insisted on payment up front, as Corinne at Thoughts on Translation advocates, but, like I said, I don’t interpret. I prefer to sit behind my computer and come up with the perfect word.

In honor of this, here is a list of payment practice groups that was compiled by Maja Reimers and posted on the PT listserv (a German language mailing list for translators – primarily Europe-based) Wednesday:

– Betaalmoral [bm]
Info: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/betaalmoraal/
Subscribe at: betaalmoraal-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: Dutch
Subscribers: approx. 420
Activity: 10 – 50 mails/month
– Payment Practices database
Info: http://www.paymentpractices.net/
Subscribe at:http://www.paymentpractices.net/subscribe.htm
List language: English
Subscribers: > 3400
Note: Annual subscription is $19.99 or EUR 14.99
– Translator Client Review List
Info: http://www.tcrlist.com/
Subscribe at:http://www.tcrlist.com/Join%20TCR%20List.htm
List language: English
Subscribers: > 1000 (?)
Activity: 200-300 mails/month (?)
Note: Annual subscription is $12.00
– Tradpayeur [TradP]
Info: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/tradpayeur/
Subscribe at: tradpayeur-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: French
Subscribers: approx. 440
Activity: 20-50 mails/month
– TransPayment [TransP]
Info: http://groups.google.co.uk/group/transpayment
Subscribe at: http://groups.google.co.uk/group/transpayment/subscribe
Note: You must register with GoogleGroups and create a GoogleID.
List language: English
Subscribers: approx. 350
Activity: 10 mails/month
– Zahlungspraxis [ZP]
Info: http://de.groups.yahoo.com/group/zahlungspraxis/
Subscribe at: zahlungspraxis-subscribe@yahoogroups.de
List language: German
Subscribers: > 2100
Activity: 200-350 mails/month
– WorldPaymentPracticesFree [WPPF]
Info: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/WPPF/
Subscribe at: WPPF-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: English
Subscribers: > 950
Activity: 30-60 mails/month
– The Checklist [the-checklist]
Info: http://it.groups.yahoo.com/group/the-checklist/
Subscribe at: the-checklist-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: Italian
Subscribers: > 700
Activity: 100-180 mails/month
And here is a new payment practices group for translators that allows discussions, which are not permitted in the other groups:
– TranslationPaymentWhoWhenWhat – Translation: Bad/good payers & more
Info: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TranslationPaymentsWhoWhenWhat/
Subscribe at: TranslationPaymentsWhoWhenWhat-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
List language: English
Subscribers: approx. 155
Activity: approx. 25 mails/month (the group was founded in August 2008)


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