Sometimes I get emails for help that I feel would be handled better if I share it with the NJFM community. I like helping folks, but my experience and knowledge is limited. Another of my favorite sayings is, “You don’t have to know the answers; you just have to know were to go to get the answers.” So, I’m coming to the NJFM for suggestions and answers.
Here’s the Problem
One of our fellow community members is in a situation that, quite frankly, really pisses me off (no, I didn’t have coffee yet, I’m just angry about the situation and my language can get a bit salty on occasion)!
Rather than attempt to explain the situation, I’m posting her email here and am asking for suggestions to help this person out. Here’s her email:
I am fairly new to the online freelance writing arena and need your help. I’m currently working for a company based in Pakistan; they are only paying me $300 per month for 30,000 word count ($5 per article). I also have to pay my own Western Union fees ($23), so I’ only left with $277 per month. I accepted this amount because I’m not a professional writer or even a good writer (need to build confidence…lol) I’m basically doing this job so that I can stay at home with my kids and earn some extra money on the side. Anyway, they told me that now that I’m a “Senior Writer” with the company, I have to do between 3 to 10 FREE articles per month which will not be included in my word count. I really need the money but I also want to make it clear to them that I can not commit to anything over our initial agreement. I really need your help, not sure if this will get me fired or not. I value your opinions and would appreciate any help/suggestions.
When I asked for her permission to share this with the community, she quickly responded and added the following:
… Thanks for responding, didn’t expect a reply so soon. I also forgot to mention, they also said in addition to being a senior member, they think I’m a dedicated worker who they can depend on – so I guess this is how they show appreciation. As Dr. Phil would say “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”
Ya, Gotta love her wit and sense of humor! 🙂
Now to Resolve this Issue
Ok folks. There you have it. Suggestions and/or direction would be much appreciated.
BTW, the reason for posting this on the NJFM blog is because I’m sure she isn’t the only person going through a situation like this. It really gets my goat when folks are blatantly taken advantage of. Not only are we helping her, but I’m sure we’re helping folks in similar situations.
Thanks in advance!