Over the past few weeks my frustration levels have been building.
Why? Because I am sick to death of businesses that are not willing to pay writers. I am so tired of seeing:
- People building their businesses at the expense of others.
- People exploiting my profession, and thinking it’s okay.
- People who don’t understand the value of a professional writer.
- People who think it’s okay to expect others to work for nothing.
- Businesses that profit while their ‘workers’ get paid nothing.
Don’t get me wrong. There are lots of businesses out there that do value professional writing and pay people accordingly. To those businesses, I say a huge ‘thank you’.
I have been lucky enough to be commissioned to write for some fantastic companies and businesses that do pay me what I am worth. And in return, I give them high-quality writing with great service.
However, there is an alarming trend among job ads for writers; the expectation for us to work for free, with many conditions attached to this so-called ‘volunteer’ role.
Why is it that businesses don’t want to pay writers?
I started thinking — what if I had the same attitude to other professionals?
How would my job ad look if I had the same expectations as many of these other businesses do?
So here it is:
Writer looking for people to do their job for free
Hi! I am a writer who is looking for people to work for me for FREE.
There are so many writing ‘jobs’ advertised that are not willing to pay me any money, so I figured there are plenty of other people who are also willing to work for nothing.
I am looking to hire a wide range of people — from a cleaner, landscape gardener, car mechanic, orthodontist, physiotherapist, personal trainer and even an ironing lady (I especially hate ironing) — but you must be willing to work for no monetary payment.
However, your hard work will not be in vain.
Instead, you will gain valuable experience and I will even let you take photographs of your work to display in your portfolio, which will help you gain further work. I will also provide great references for you, to anyone else who is wishing to employ you.
Of course, once word gets around that you are willing to work for nothing, you may find it difficult to get paid work. And best of luck trying to pay your grocery bill or your mortgage with ‘experience and exposure dollars’.
But nevertheless, I am willing to offer you this wonderful opportunity to get the word out about your services.
So, if you would like to join my team of highly professional people, please let me know. You must be willing to work hard, be a team-player and be flexible about working hours.
Of course, I will require samples of your work, references, and a minimum commitment from your end in order for this arrangement to work.
Looking forward to hearing from you.If you're a writer who is writing for free, you need to stop. NOW! Click To Tweet
What do you think? Would you apply?
I’m looking for any kind of professional who can deliver high-quality service in a timely manner, so if your particular skill is not listed here and you’d love to work for me, please reach out.
In the meantime, if you believe businesses should pay writers, do me two favours.
- Stop writing for free if you are a writer
- Share this post and get the word out that writers are professionals who deserve to be paid.
BTW – You may also like to read about the problems associated with writing for free.