There was someone on oDesk with five stars on their profile that contacted me. They wanted someone to do product descriptions. This was right up my alley so I sent them a few samples.
But this was not good enough for them.They sent over a six-page guide on how they wanted their sample descriptions formatted. This was a requirement for getting hired.
And normally, this is where I would thank them (yeah, I'm courteous in BS situations) and move along.
There were three reasons why I stuck around for the "fun"-
- They were local to me (may lead to something permanent)
- They promised long-term work (may not get a benefits package but you never know); and
- They had five stars.
Now on LinkedIn, many of my group members had a different take on how clients get four or more stars. Even better, my original samples were formatted almost the same as the guide that was given. And, I was starting a new class - IN PERSON (and as of this writing, I have not received my financial aid check).
So, I submit and check and double-check my work. I just made the deadline and heard nothing for the rest of the day. Not even a confirmation of receipt.
The following week, I got a message from the contact who thanked me and let me know they would keep me in mind for future projects. It smelled strange and I felt vindicated but I wanted to keep my cool.
I replied that I normally pass on these requests for this reason as I do not know what the prospect will do with my efforts. I ended by telling them that I was not interested in having a relationship with anyone who did business this way. Mind you, she contacted me.
She replied with a generic response about it not being published. I would love to post her information as a way to warn others but that is my cautionary account and this was less than a month ago.