Odesk Client DramaI was rather surprised on Saturday morning when a client I emailed on Odesk asked me to add her to Skype within minutes of receiving my email. I promptly did so, and began talking to her. I was all of about five minutes into the conversation before I realised that she was not going to be much fun to work with. Her demands were as follows:
- $5 per 500 word article. With ME paying the Odesk fee.
- A minimum of 10 articles a day, or 100 within the space of 14 days. Only at the end of the 14 days would I be paid.
- All articles to be completed within three hours of the request being sent to me.
- No days off.
- A request to do a test article as fast as possible.
10 articles a day, every day, without exception? Again, no thanks. I do not mind doing a minimum set amount for clients, but when they are less than $0.01 per word, I need those articles to be the exception, not my main project.
Completion within three hours every time one is sent to me? I am a sleeper. Not a massive sleeper, but I am not operating my sleeping hours around a client who apparently does not sleep herself.
I also do not like to feel as though my test article is being judged by speed more than it is by my writing style.