on spec

Definition

Doing a job without any guarantee of being paid, in the hope of winning future business.

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You should try and take on a job on spec if you think it could lead to big profits in the future.

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We had taken a big risk by doing the work on spec but we had been thinking that we would learn if nothing else.

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A good way to get your foot into the door with certain companies is to do some work on spec which means you won't get paid for the task as hand, but if the company is impressed with your work, it could hire you for future work.

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