Today a friend sent me a link to an ad on Craigslist, and I simply had to post it. It speaks for itself wonderfully!
WANTED: WRITER (Anywhere)
Date: 2011-04-22, 11:29AM PDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
We’re looking for writers to write about scammers who steal the services of professional writers. CL has shown many complaints regarding this problem. We want someone to write a piece on how NOT to get ripped off. Use the following common-sense outline:
1) Get ALL specific financial details UP FRONT. If the post doesn’t specify an amount, IGNORE the post. If the post implies that you should work for free or for “deferred payment,” or for anything other than money, FLAG the post.
2) Do thorough background checks. If they don’t have a website (but you think they should), IGNORE the post.
3) IF YOUR CLIENT REFUSES TO PAY: Compose a polite email calmly pointing out that the employer is legally obligated to make payment as promised. Mention that you’ve saved all their phone and email messages, and don’t forget to use the word “LEGALLY.”
4) In the event that these selfish creeps still fail to pay you, write another polite email explaining that you have spoken to an attorney and that if payment isn’t sent immediately, you will have no choice but to file a lawsuit. Smaller amounts are handled in Small Claims Court.
These steps usually work. I should know. I’m a writer too. I don’t get ripped off anymore. Hope this helps.
it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Compensation: Your deadbeat employers will pay you what they owe you.
I would also like to add that there is a union for Freelance Writers to help protect those of us who have been taken advantage of.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT! http://www.freelancersunion.org/index.html