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Posted by on Aug 28, 2009

Back in May, I talked about signing up on three sites to do some writing or consulting work. One of those sites was Guru. At the time, I said it looked problematic in working with them because you’re only allowed to sign up for one area for free; anything else, and you either have to disable a previous profile or pay to add another one.

At the time, I signed up as a business consultant. However, when I went in to add some information to the profile, something I hadn’t done before, none of the options fit anything that I actually do. In essence, I was pretty much done before I began. So, today I deleted my account with them. I don’t see myself going back to set up a new profile either, and I’ll tell you why.

I have a problem with paying anyone for the right to work on a project; at least up front. There are no guarantees that you’ll get a project, let alone find anything that fits what you can do, and the idea of paying for that just doesn’t appeal to my sensibilities. Now, having a company take a piece of the profit for making a connection doesn’t bother me as much because they did help facilitate the hookup, but that’s about as far as I’d like to go with something like that.

Basically, this means that I didn’t end up sticking with any of the three sites I mentioned in that earlier post. One I’d dropped immediately without signing up, and the third, ScriptLance, doesn’t quite fit my model either, as I don’t want to bid on something as soon as it comes out, which I did, then have to wait a month to see if I hear whether I got accepted or not (which never happened; I actually forgot about it until just now, and, as I said, I bid on a project back in May). Frankly, that’s a bad business model also, if they’re not going to send out notice in any fashion, and since they’re taking a percentage from both ends, I think both ends deserve a bit better customer service than that.

Still, I’ll keep looking at different things, and telling y’all about them. One of those things, which has nothing to do with writing or looking for business, is our friend Marelisa’s new book “How to Be More Creative – A Handbook for Alchemists”: Your Guide to Leading a More Creative Life. I think that’s enough description for anyone, so why not stop by and read the sales page to see what it’s all about.

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Hi Mitch: Thank you for mentioning my creativity ebook. Although in a way the book is related to looking for business: creativity can be applied to anything, it’s not just for the arts. It can even help you come up with creative ways to market your business, develop a creative business model you can implement, find creative ways to stand out from the competition, and so on. In fact, one tool described in the ebook is the idea box, which can help you generate many new ideas for your business. Thanks again Mitch. 🙂
.-= Marelisa´s last blog ..Creativity Collage =-.

August 28th, 2009 | 5:08 PM
Mitch:

No problem Marelisa, and I’m glad you came by to share more information about your book with other folks.

August 28th, 2009 | 8:25 PM
John Dilbeck:

Good evening, Mitch.

Are you saying that ScriptLance didn’t send you a notice that you had not won the bid (or been accepted, or whatever terminology they use)?

If so, then I agree with you. That’s lousy customer service.

I’m assuming that you would have been notified if you won the bid. 😉

I don’t have any experience with any of the sites you mentioned.

Good luck on finding something that works well for you.

Act on your dream!

JD

August 29th, 2009 | 12:10 AM
Mitch:

Hi John,

Yes, that’s what I’m saying. I did figure I’d hear if they wrote me, but I also hoped I’d hear something if I didn’t. I mean, if you have to bid on something you won’t know about for upwards of a month,… who’s going to remember that?

August 29th, 2009 | 12:15 AM

I’m with you on paying for something that you may not get anything from Mitch, which is why I didn’t register my sites with Flippa. If they could guarantee a sale, then yeah OK, but they can’t as so I’m trying SEDO instead.

Not quite the same as your dilemma but the principle is the same.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Blog Me This You Blogging Fools =-.

August 29th, 2009 | 1:45 AM
Mitch:

You’re right, Sire, the principle is the same. Over here, there’s a lot of websites that purport to have jobs for people in their specific field. However, you’re expected to pay them up front before you can look at the jobs. Same with other sites where you have to pay them to bid on a job. Without some kind of guarantee, it will never be me.

August 29th, 2009 | 2:35 AM

I’m Right? 😀 Man, I love it when you give me credit a whole lot better than when you find my typos lol
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Blog Me This You Blogging Fools =-.

August 29th, 2009 | 3:28 AM
Mitch:

Don’t get used to it, Sire. lol

August 29th, 2009 | 10:48 AM

No worries Mitch, I won’t. lol
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Blog Me This You Blogging Fools =-.

August 29th, 2009 | 11:05 AM

Oh wow, does this post ever bring back memories…I remember referring to Guru.com when I was teaching recruiters back in the early 2000s.

Been a long time since I’ve heard it since!
.-= Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach´s last blog ..Give BACK to Your Affiliates – Covert Angel Time =-.

August 29th, 2009 | 8:54 AM
Mitch:

Glad to bring back memories, Barbara, and it sounds like those memories used to be pretty good ones. Wish I’d had a better experience with them; oh well,…

August 29th, 2009 | 10:49 AM

Well Mitch you cant expect to grow a good bussines with all sites you start on a certain moment. I am sure the good projects are out there so what you need to do is just look for them 🙂

August 29th, 2009 | 3:37 PM
Mitch:

And that’s just what I’ll continue to do, Nunta. Always looking for the best opportunities for myself and my readers.

August 29th, 2009 | 10:43 PM

Well, Mitch. I’m also had a very bad memories with Guru on the last three years. Honestly, I won’t recommend this site to my friends, as I thought it’s suck!
.-= wilhb81´s last blog ..Business one-liners 64 =-.

August 30th, 2009 | 1:05 AM
Mitch:

It’s certainly confusing, Wil, and having to pay for work… nope, don’t like that part at all.

August 30th, 2009 | 3:05 AM

During my early months doing online works, I started joining similar sites. I won once but didn’t get my earnings. Why, it’s just because my earnings are below the withdrawal amount. Imagine, you’ve spent lots of time bidding in so many projects, but you’ll end up with nothing. Plus their unjustifiable policies. All I can say is that, it was never that easy.

August 31st, 2009 | 11:57 AM
Mitch:

You’re right, Gabriel, you have to pay attention to those things to make sure you get your money when they promise it to you. That’s why I’ve dropped a few things; I know I’ll never hit the minimum amount, and they’ll probably pull it away anyway.

August 31st, 2009 | 2:56 PM

Hi Mitch,

Guru.com is a mixed bag. I’ve gotten both my dream client and my nightmare client from Guru.com. To be fair, the dream client actually came from oDesk, LOL. We switched to Guru.com at my request, because I didn’t like being tied to oDesk’s tracking software.

I think Guru.com is great for NEW people. We must practice marketing every day to learn what works and what doesn’t. While Guru.com is not the most fertile ground for growing a freelance business, it is possible.

Personally, I’ve had it with that site. My goal was to find a bunch of clients and move them off the Guru.com platform, anyway. Guru claims that’s a violation, LOL. As if they can control who talks to whom. Sheesh.

I think that you are way too advanced to be giving these sites a cut of your earnings.

Cheers,

Mitch

March 8th, 2011 | 5:18 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Thanks Mitch. It was frustrating as anything trying to figure out and I obviously had it with them as well. It’s funny how these companies want to control what you do outside of their realm; forget them! lol

March 8th, 2011 | 9:21 AM