I don't need a calendar to tell me September is almost here. The clients are starting to call, email, and send projects. It's going to be a busy fall, and I'm happy for it.
I was looking for something else when the Craig's List URL was auto-filled into my browser. What the heck -- let's look, I thought. The result: this week's This Job, Not That Job contender.
Receive 6 letters in the mail, Make $100
Is your home or office address located near the center of Philadelphia?
Make $100 by receiving 6 letters in the mail.
Basically you receive 6 letters in the mail and then you get paid by just telling (or texting) me the information on them by phone.
Thank you for your time!
--- $100, you say? Great! Easy work, too. It's not even writing. And right there is the problem. Why is this posted in the Writing Gigs section? Because someone is looking for a desperate soul. Yes, we've been painted as desperate. You can thank every desperate freelancer, new or otherwise, for that distinction.
Let's get to why this sucks so badly:
What's contained in these letters exactly? Are they going to be from a jilted lover? An attorney? A tax entity? You don't know. THAT is what's wrong with this offer. There's no indication that while this person has their privacy guarded that your privacy will be afforded the same consideration.
It smells of something sleazy. Really sleazy. Possibly illegal, but you won't know until you contact the person, at which point it may be too late for your own identity to be saved.
Instead, please try something like this:
Freelance writers needed to create “listicles” about cities in Buzzfeed style.
We’re looking for writers who:
-can write at least four articles a week
-can write about places they have never been from an insider/local perspective
-have experience sourcing Creative Commons images
-have been working as freelancers for at least one year
-have experience writing listicles and similar online content
Pay: $100 per article
It's a bit of work and not exactly the best rate ever, but it's a better way to earn $100.
Writers, what are your limits when it comes to the jobs you'll take?