Re: Sites like Guru.com

Subject: Re: Sites like Guru.com
From: "Sharon Burton-Hardin" <sharonburton -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "M. Giffin" <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 11:47:14 -0800

Actually, don't laugh. I have a friend who spoke to a potential client. The
client fainted at $60 an hour - and he is worth every penny, he is really
good. The client said that they were working with a shop in the Ukraine or
some Eastern European place who was hiring writers for $6 an hour.
Apparently, programming is not the only thing being moved offshore.

I am certain that the writing/organization/etc sucks - non-native speakers
can do a good job, but? If the client is looking only at cost, then it is
hard to argue with those prices. After all, you can get 10 writers for what
my friend is charging.

My friend thanked the potential and left laughing his head off. He actually
laughed in front of the perspective.

sharon

Sharon Burton-Hardin
President of the Inland Empire chapter of the STC
www.iestc.org
Anthrobytes Consulting
909-369-8590
www.anthrobytes.com

----- Original Message -----
From: M. Giffin <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, 30 March, 2000 11:37 AM
Subject: RE: Sites like Guru.com


| S. Burton-Hardin wrote:
| > >
| > > I am finding that these sites don't provide many real leads, either.
The
| > > sites that allow bidding on projects are amazing. People are
representing
| > > themselves as technical writers charging $10 an hour. Of course,
people
| > > are
| > > getting what they pay for but it is difficult to get across to
potential
| > > clients that crap is crap, even if it is cheap.
| > >
| > > Please don't flame. My thoughts alone.
| > >
| > > Sharon Burton-Hardin
| > >
|
| $10 an hour? I don't know about you-all, but I've lost a lot of tech
| writing jobs lately to illegal immigrants who don't speak a word of
English
| working for sub-minimum wage. Giant dirty rooms full of Central American
| ladies sitting at 12-inch monitors. I've been thinking of buying a leaf
| blower for extra income.
|
| M. Giffin
|
|







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