Last week I was speaking with a friend who also happens to be a business associate . . . Or possibly she’s a business associate who also happens to be a friend . . . Never mind. Someone I know called me last week with a legitimate gripe.
This friend, we’ll call her Mary Poppins because she’s asked to remain anonymous, was upset about a site she found where people offer their services for . . . get this: five dollars!!!
Now I can’t tell you the name of the site because I’m about to say bad things about it but I can tell you which day Mary Poppins called me. It was on Monday. And that’s all you’re getting out of me.
So what kind of services, you ask?
Asked that way, I know exactly what you’re thinking. And I didn’t see “that kind” of service offering but I did see everything from ”I will write a rap song for you” to ”I will write High Quality SEO content for you” to ”I will sing happy birthday to you”.
I have to agree with Mary Poppins: This is wrong.
As a self-styled professional who happens to earn her living from writing, AND who on occasion even enjoys feeding her kids, I can’t understand how anyone can sell their wares for $5.
Yes, I get that some people are building their portfolio but wouldn’t it be better to just help out a non-profit? To me, getting paid $5 for anything is like getting a penny tip (if we still had pennies).
With sites like this, EVERYONE LOSES:
The folks offering their . . . talents – *cough*
The folks hiring at that price – You should be ashamed of yourself. You should also be ashamed of your expectations.
The folks who’ve worked hard to build their reputation and skill sets – people like Mary Poppins and myself.
The folks over at the site lose because it makes the rest of us say, ”WTW?!!”
Even the deliverables lose – whether it’s a song or content for a site – because when the conceived value is $5, what does that say?
That was a rhetorical question. You don’t actually have to answer.
PS. But if you DO have an answer, I know where you could sell it for $5.