Hello, dear RussianTranslators.Blogspot Readers. I just wanted to share my own experience with online translation companies, being accurate, just one of them — Languagescape.com or they also call themselves editavenue.com.
When I first came to the US, I had troubles finding a job. If there are immigrants out there who didn't come on H1B, then, you will understand me. It was really difficult to get a job you want. So, I was running out of money. One acquainted of mine, suggested me to try internet search of online translation and LanguageScape.com.
Having reviewed your application, we have determined that your qualifications meet our standards for becoming an LanguageScape translator.
I was so excited about it. And just the next day, I got a translation job from them:
You have been selected for a translation project. An overview of the job appears below:
Job Name: Russian Translation
Invoice Number: ...
Source Language: English
Target Language: Russian
Commission Amount: $9.90 USD
Number of Pages: 1
Due-Date: 7/25/2006 11:00 PM US Eastern Time (2 Day Turnaround)
Client Location: USA
I have translated the text in about 2 hours and sent it back to the 'customer'. And on my account it was showed that I earned 10 bucks, which I never got back from them. I advised the company to my friend. And I was surprised that he also had the same text I translated. And my Russian Friend also got 10 bucks. After that I started to wonder why are they giving away 10 bucks to every person for the same text. What do you think? Yes, they just were testing our skills. We got 5 out of 5 points. In about a week or so I was assigned to translate another text from a real customer and got another 15 dollars.
A client has rated / reviewed your work:
Russian Translation, 5 out of 5 stars
Very comprehensive translation. Quick and reliable.
Your new average client rating is 5 (5.000).
But when it came to the check at the end of the month, I got this:
I asked if they could send me my 25 dollars, but I never heard from them again.
SO, I hope this would be a helpful information for those who would like to work for language scape.