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bussesilvia
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Work-related email communication without pay

How do you feel about that?
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t-hall
Member

How long does it take you to give feedback? Are you talking about replying to the odd question through email?

If that is what the OP is talking about, I don't charge for it.

Neither do I. I actually encourage my clients to drop me an email from time to time. Helps build the relationship, and I also honestly care about the success of my clients more than the $$... but that's speaking as a consultant who isn't clocking many hours per client in a week

I would rather give up a few pennies than seem difficult to work with and give up a good client.

I honestly have no clue what OP is talking about. Whether I charge for emails or not is relative to the job, the client, and how much of my time and attention the emails require.

What I am talking about is not just reading and writing short sentences, but commenting on problems regarding the project, feedbacks of 7 team members etc, which does not take just 15 seconds. In addition, the pay is not much higher than minimum wage in the US (requiring a BA degree or higher).

I don't charge for that, unless I'm specifically hired as a consultant.
madsvdk
Member

Anything work related you should of course be paid for. If giving feedback is a part of your work then you should be paid for it. Why should you work for free?

Thanks for your input. The oDesk "helper" told me so too. I did sent a friendly message to the recruiter who hired me (and is not my project manager who said I could not track time emailing), but I have not gotten any answer. But since I have more than one PC, there is a way to..., hopefully without getting fired. Who says life is always easy?

Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚
t-hall
Member

How much time are you spending on these emails?
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