Speaker A: You got a new babysitting job?

Speaker B: No, it's just a [...]. No payment.

Speaker B is just going to do a "helping work", say, taking care of a friend's cat while the friend is on vacation.

Is there a word or phrase for these type of "works"?

  • Probably - odd job (considering that there is no or less motivation/willingness to perform job)
    – alpa
    Commented Jul 6, 2015 at 13:06

3 Answers 3


Doing someone a favor is also used in this context.


1: a kind or helpful act that you do for someone

2: do something for someone as an act of kindness

... No, it's just a favor. No payment.

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    IMO, favor is the best choice here. +1. And a little edit, if that's okay.
    – Tushar Raj
    Commented Jul 6, 2015 at 13:12

A volunteer is someone who chooses to do something for no payment.

From Mirriam-Webster online:


1: a person who chooses to join the military

2: a person who does work without getting paid to do it

So you could say it is a volunteer position.


Reciprocation can also fit in depending on the context.

Speaker B: No, it's just a [reciprocation]. No payment.


Type of: getting even, paying back, return.

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