You Get What You Pay For
Jennifer H. 168 posts - United States - Joined Apr 22 2012
I am always amazed to see clients posting in forums that they are angry or confused when a contractor has not completed a task or has done a sub-par job with it.
After visiting their profile, I see they're posting jobs that pay $1 per 500-word article, $2-3 per hour, $3 to edit a 1200-word article, or other ridiculous amounts that wouldn't so much as put bread on the table.
Then these same clients have the nerve to, after citing their appallingly low stipulations and their intent to immediately reject any bid over those rates, require:
* Perfect English, grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
* 100% original work that must pass Copyscape
* A free sample of work (even though it's against oDesk ToS)
* Creative, professional individuals
* Interesting Titles
* Must meet deadlines
* And more...
(The same goes for fields besides writing - $5 for an out-of-this-world logo, complex software programs for $25, etc. )
Wait a minute, you expected all of this for pennies and then were surprised to find out that the cheap labor you hired didn't produce a mind-blowing, top-notch final product? LOL.
You get exactly what you pay for and then you end up hiring someone like myself to fix what the first person screwed up and ultimately wind up paying more in the long run.
You simply cannot get quality work for pennies, guys. It doesn't work that way. If you want quality work, pay someone what the job is worth - there are plenty of great contractors here on oDesk that will give you exactly what you're looking for if you'd just be willing to pay them what they are worth.
This is not a rant about how I never get work, because as you can see on my profile, I get plenty of work and have 5-star feedback. This is an "I'm tired of seeing clients post that they are unhappy with their results because they hired cheap labor instead of a qualified professional" rant.
Think about this: Would you trust a doctor that said they'd perform brain surgery on you for $300? No, you absolutely would not. You'd think they weren't a real doctor - or weren't a professional in their field, at the very least - and I highly doubt you'd hire them. However, if you were crazy enough to say, "Sure, do the surgery," I guarantee you'd be going to another, more professional doctor to fix what the first guy screwed up – that is, if your head was still intact.
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