Annoyances, Inspiration, Invigoration and a General Rant
Kathryn B. 50 posts - United States - Joined Mar 24 2012
I have not been with oDesk for very long. This one simple fact has forced me to remember that while things may seem slow to start out, they are often slow in any new platform. However, I've noticed a few things that seem to bug the pants off of me. (Not literally, stop staring)
1. Clients who expect brilliance for pennies on the dollar
I cannot fathom why anyone would expect good quality for less than .015-.03 per word. The ridiculous amount of jobs posted offering a scant $1 for 500 words absolutely astounds me. I realize everyone out there needs to make a living in any way they can, but THAT living is not going to support my family, therefore I skip right past and hope to find postings that show a bit more common sense.
This is not to say I have not taken on such jobs in the past. I have. Bills have to be paid and sometimes even I choose to lower myself. However, that choice has netted me several of my portfolio entries, therefore I consider the investment worthwhile for what it was. I simply realize that my quality is worth more and am frustrated by the numerous postings that seem to be begging for poor quality work as an end result of their pay rates.
2. Contractors with over-sized egos
This one is certainly a personal preference debate for most people. I realize that many freelance writers are quite entitled to their egos. There is a wealth of amazing talent to be found on this platform and I respect that talent. However, the blatant "I am a freelance writer therefore I am NOT your employee." style attitude I have witnessed just... boggles my mind.
We're still being hired for a job. That does make us an employee, however short that job contract may last. While I do not condone cow-towing to an employer (one of many reasons I prefer not to work at B&M jobs), I also cannot stand behind treating an employer as if their views do not matter.
The client pays me to work. I work to get paid. My bills appreciate that money, as do my children given their growth rate and the fact that I have managed to keep them clothed throughout the year. I am an employee and expect to treat clients (employers) with respect. I have an ego, but I have learned to nail it to the floor when necessary. That is part of being an adult.
3. Profiles and the necessary tweaks to make them great
My own profile is most certainly not an example for the majority to use as a guide. Although I have managed to expand my portfolio, I have a habit of letting my own personal voice come through in my overview. I have accepted this fault and do not intend to change it. It is better for a client to know that I prefer a personable and open exchange long before they send an invitation.
The downside to this is the fact that I am capable of a more professional and impersonal voice. I know my portfolio portrays that fact, therefore I do not feel I should have to state it as such in an overview. The old phrase "Actions speak louder than words." should apply when choosing Contractors, so why is it that so many look first to an overview and second to a portfolio? In reality, it should be the opposite.
4. The general disgust towards "mommy-bloggers"
This one thing irritates the hell out of me. Not because I cannot see the background reasoning that may have caused the issue, but because it is a generalization that is, in part, quite unfair.
I am a mother of four who CHOOSES to work from my home. I did not choose this job to "make a little extra cash", nor did I choose it in order to be a housewife who pretends to have a job. I am NOT a housewife. I do not rely on anyone else for our income other than Me, Myself, and I. I do not have a proven education beyond my HSD, nor do I care to return to school any time in the near future.
Does all of this mean that my writing is not worth paying for? No. It simply means I was intelligent enough to realize that working in a B&M job 12 hours a day, paying child care for four children, shouldering the commuting costs, attempting to have a life with my children and slowly damaging my health through a decided lack of sleep was NOT worth it.
Does common sense count for nothing in this age? I do realize that one trait was recently listed as a Super Power due to its rarity, but come on. The fact that I choose to work from home and happen to be a mother as well does NOT devalue my writing. The fact that my accredited education does not go beyond High School does NOT mean I do not possess the necessary intelligence to complete my tasks.
These facts, in my eyes, simply mean that at least ONE of us was bright enough to realize they could be a better Mom and save a fortune on commuting costs and daycare if they simply found the initiative to work from home. Taking such a step scared the hell out of me, but I took it anyway. Can we not give a bit of credit to those who chose this profession in order to give their family a healthier, more well-rounded lifestyle?
As an aside to this general... rant? Query? Bah, label it as you wish. I am also curious as to how everyone else manages to stay inspired and invigorated while working. I realize not every project can be an amazing and enlightening challenge that keeps you feeling energized. Exactly how on earth do all of you seem to stay so darn steadfast?
Thank you in advance to those who respond, as I know my rants can be a bit over the top. I do apologize as well if anyone feels singled out by this post, as that is not my intention. It is simply a rant at the points in general and the principles that lie behind each one. I suppose it is also a bit of a plea for inspirational ideas, because my own muse is apparently on vacation or in hiding.
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