Just when you think you have seen everything, something happens to really make you wake up and pay attention. Now before I get accused of not knowing my facts let me be clear about a couple of things: (A) I don’t work for low rates on freelancing sites and (B) I’ve never been “invited” to take part in one of these assignments. However, that does not change the facts that they are out there.
I always have pointed out to freelancers that they are working mostly at odds with clients. After all, a freelancers primary goal is to make as much as possible from each assignment while the goal of the client is to get as much work as possible for as little money as possible. This is clearly a serious conflict since freelancers and their clients have opposing goals. However, this also creates some other problems that no one ever considers.
Let’s get this straight first
I don’t care if you take an assignment that ultimately pays you $1 an hour. At all times, you are obligated to do your best work. I am not one of these people that believes that if you are paying
slave cheap rates that you are liable to get poor quality work. It should never work that way, even though it often does. After all, one of the beautiful things about being a freelancer is that you do not have to accept any assignment. If you cannot do your best work because the rates are low, then simply refuse the assignment. End of story.
Now let me move onto my real gripe
My real gripe is with people who really believe that they are doing you a favor when they offer you assignments. I’ve seen clients railing against freelancers who have done a lousy job and saying that they should be glad that they have any work at all. For the record, I had a client like this ONCE and right after he made the comment “you are lucky you are working at home and you owe me for giving you that opportunity” I darned near went through the roof. That was the last time that I “worked” for this particular client. What “triggered” my outrage was that he was offering me the “princely” sum of $5 per hour – which I willingly accepted to get much needed feedback – and one of the things he had me doing was placing advertisements on Craigslist for a “personal assistant”. When time came around for me to post an advertisement for what amounted to a housekeeper and he was offering $17 per hour I went through the ceiling and asked for an increase. That’s when he told me I was “lucky” to be working and even luckier to be working at home. What made this even scarier was that this “man” was young enough to be my son but we’ll overlook that. At any rate, you get my point.
This is not the first time that I’ve railed against clients who are refusing to understand that freelancing isn’t FREE! In fact, I wrote a very similar rant almost two years ago called “You Want What?” ….. I did get a lot of traffic from freelancers who understood exactly what I was talking about! Today, I have two more of these gems to share with my readers that I’m sure will go against the grain of some. Let’s take a look:
Tired of just getting by?
We are looking for content writers for a long term project who can start right away
Monday-Friday 7:00am-2:00pm, 5:30pm-2:30am Los Angeles Time GMT-8
Sat and Sun 7:00am-2:00pm, 6:00pm-12:30am Los Angeles Time Gmt-8
2)300words=====$1.20 (turnaround is 1hour 30minutes)
500words=====$1.40 (turnaround is 2hours 30minutes)
700words=====$1.80 (turnaround is 3hours 30minutes)
1000words====$2.20 (turnaround is 4hours 30minutes)
Seriously? I type fairly quickly in fact, I can often do 700 or 800 word blog posts in about 30 – 40 minutes. Even given that, this bozo is asking me to do 700 words for 1.80? Really….even if I could do two of these an hour then my “net” is $3.60 ….. an hour? Really? I have a question: Do you work for these rates? If you do, then you really need to stop being in business for yourself. Let’s not forget that the whopping “rates” that are being offered here are even below some of the lowest rates I’ve seen on sites like Textbroker for 400 words at a level 3 writing level the pay is $4 so pray tell why would I waste my time on this kind of crap. What really killed me about this one was the header “Tired of just getting by?” Seriously? If I assume that I can write one 1,000 word article every hour based on your cheap posting, then the MOST I can make in 40 hours is $88. This is going to help me do more than get by?? Really?? My rent is $600 a month, therefore if I work 4 weeks doing these moronic assignments then I can’t even come CLOSE to paying my rent . Honestly, be real.
Then there is this type of moron:
Looking to Hire a full-time article writer/ re-writer ( ~8hours day / 5days week).
You will need to do 15articles per day, ~350 words long each, The Articles can be re-writes of other articles as long as they fit what I need!
The payment for the first Test month is $100/month ,if the quality and work manner will be decent we can bump that to $150/month after first test month with more room to grow.
Good written English obviously is needed for this job. When Applying Please State your previous experience of what you have done before and if you got any Writing Samples Please Include them!
OK So, you want me to supply a sample because you are too lazy to look at my portfolio AND you want to pay me $100 a month. At a stunning 15 articles per day, 5 days a week and assuming 20 working days in a typical month, you are asking me for 300 articles a month for the princely sum of $100 really?? Honestly?? YOU actually have the unmitigated gall to think that paying 30 cents an article is ok? In this case, I won’t even bother to respond because you are clearly a frigging moron who has absolutely no respect for people.
The problem with these types of assignments is that they prey on people who have been unsuccessful getting started. But if anyone thinks that anyone else can live on $100 a month or less then they really do need to do a gut check. These job postings in my opinion show a complete lack of ethics and in the long run, I hope that they will come back and bite you in the ass – hard. You get what you give and you are taking but giving nothing.