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Selling your soul or dealing with the reality?

Updated on July 17, 2011

Online jobs that pay only $5

There are times when you ask yourself,just how much are my services worth? What good is my skill set in this digital age? What will people pay for my services? What is a fair rate to be paid for an hours work? With online business being a matter of choice as to whether to join a low paying "gig" or not, skilled people are often exploited by deal seeking potential customers.

Searching for jobs on the internet led me to some interesting sites. being one of the key examples. The site adviertises all kinds of services for $5. If you are sitting at home with no other income stream, you may sign up. People who sign up then create a profile that suits their profession and market their skills. People/customers, or clients as they are called then contact the service provider with their projects. On completion, the service provider is paid $4 (Yes, the site takes 20%). This revenue earned is transferrable to a paypal account, a service fee, though minor, will occur. So for arguments sake, let us say it took you 3 hours to complete this task and you earned $4 for it, you will be earning just over a dollar an hour for your services!

Of course one has a choice as to work with such a pathetic income or not but the fact still remains, there is someone exploiting someone else out there. I leave the "someone" as non-specific at this point for the sake of the next example. You may want a graphic design done and it would involve very little to do for a professional and might take anything between 5 minutes to a maximum 30 minutes. This automatically leads to an average earning for the artist of $30 an hour to $2.50 an hour. As stated above, all parties participate at their own will.

This then begs the questions, what do we care about when it comes to other peoples time investment in learning to do what they do best? What do we care about the person who lacks the skills that we have-what happened to a fair deal? Are we living in an age where some people feed off the fat of the land while others struggle to survive. One answer to this is yes, we do not seem to all care enough, nothing has changed since time immemorial folks!

One solution to this could be like minded people coming together and forming a "body" that safe guards their interests. This "tribe" as Seth Godin would put it, can set their standards as one. What then happens if some members of this tribe go hungry and sell their skills cheap?I will leave that as one to discuss around the coffee table. Meanwhile, do we deserve the position of "intelligent" beings if we treat each other so?

Just thinking aloud...


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    • pennyofheaven profile image


      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes that is definitely sad. Greed in all its forms end up losing in the long run. Sometimes we just don't always see the negative effects for those who engaged in greed. Because we don't always connect the dots. Whilst they might be making a killing financially you can almost guarantee another (perhaps more important) part of their lives is lacking.

      A pleasure to read your article.

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @pennyofheaven. It is such a blatant display of greed.It is obvious that any online company that has over 100 000 active contributors is obviously making a killing. The sad thing is that the contributors always get such a bad deal. Anyway, that is the way the world is. Thanks for passing by

    • pennyofheaven profile image


      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Online opportunities sometimes do take advantage of the unwary. It's very sad.

      I have always thought forming bodies or groups in most financial endeavors is a great way to go. However in forming bodies to create a standard may not be so effective? This is because people are different and there are billions of us. A small or large body setting standards for sure will cater for some needs but we might find many unfulfilled. It kinda brings to mind the smaller governing bodies in politics. Useful sometimes. Sometimes not.

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      Yes I guess there will be a break for us if we keep doing what we do honestly. Thanks for the support

    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Great piece Alladream. Man do I feel this way often! As an artist and writer, I feel like we are the lowest and least remunerated of all the types of workers out there. There must be hope though, right? You can join my tribe.

      I heard recently on the Alice Cooper rock radio show, "Alice is the king of everything. Whatever kind of thing you are!" lol

      Take it easy man.



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