Mark Goldsmith 76 posts - United States - Joined Feb 07 2008
Well oDesk it has finally happened, after a tough summer of steadily decreasing job offer pricing I finally see the dreaded want to work for FREE job offer.
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Hourly - Est. Time Less than 1 week, As needed - Less than 10 hrs/week - Posted 5 hours ago
"Please note that instead of payment im only offering Great Feedback. If your okay with that then please apply...."
So yes were down to doing our work for free, my question is if I work for free you don't, you have costs, how do you pay your bills?
Is odesk going to a fully ad driven free site???
Last week I viewed a whole page of:
Don't Bid More Than $1.00/hour...
The work, advanced programming
A whole index page full of these ads.
I am not going to address limits, but how, how do you make money???
And, Yes, I flagged this project, as I have been doing with increasing frequency with more of these projects.
So now I am working for oDesk for free monitoring of their indexes.
To you contractors, yes there are still good paying jobs here, but have seen a disturbing trend of project requests for low pricing $1, $5, $6,... For advanced skill set requirements.
I understand the global marketplace, been working in it for many years, but tell me what country can afford its contractors work for FREE, so far I don't know any!
I try to pay for what I expect to get, never thought about FREE.
I try not to believe that low-ball pricing will put pressure on the entire oDesk system, but I'm starting to reconsider, the amount of these projects are now clogging up the index.
oDesk, you need to go over your numbers, you may have an increasing overall operating profit, but I wonder that in a very short time your site will be only low-ball projects, I mean all of them. Then what, I can't afford to work for FREE, you will chase away both good contractors and good clients who do understand the importance:
"You get what you pay for"
Or worse yet they get the work done, and are somewhat satisfied, but the whole thing collapses because no global market can work for FREE!
Score: 6.5, Votes: 4