As I extend out into new areas trying to expand the client base, I realize just how prevalent and how deep the crap jobs have become. This week seemed especially bad, probably because I had a temporary lapse in judgment and checked out Craig’s List.
Here are some sample red flags from just one day:
“Creative Writer Wanted!! Send emails to igotitnowpayme@XXXX.com” – Something about that email address screams scam to me. You?
“I need a screenplay writer….little pay but we can talk about that.” – No. No we can’t. If you want a writer, you need to have adequate compensation for that writer’s talents.
“Consumer Oriented Blog Owners Wanted. If you run a blog contact me – pay based on google pagerank, will pay by the month.” – Are you serious? You want me, a blog owner, to contact you and probably hand over control of MY site to you, who takes the profits and pays me Google ad rates? This is my hand waving buh-bye.
“Legal Content Writer (and a huge list of requirements, including pixel sizes for the required photos for each article) Pay: $10 an article.” – And who said lawyers were crooks? I’m thinking it’s these people.
I think the only money to be had at any of these gigs is the tell-all investigation you could write as an undercover reporter. Otherwise, they’re all a total waste of time.
What red flags are flying for you these days?