Unusual job ad of the day

I saw this on Craig’s List. Not completely sure what to make of it. It’s as if the person was in a hurry.

Presented exactly as posted, except for the obfuscated e-mail address:

writer for magazine/grant writers

Date: 2010-04-05, 7:57PM EDT
Reply to:


writing 25.00 per approved writings interveiws to the top writer. pay depending on story. grant writer to writer for mentoring program for our youth help get money for youth
of Detroit and help get things for park clean up! pay yes !
but the reward of your hanmd being in with the writing is the help needed!

  • Compensation: yes!
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

Finding work on Craigs List

Hearing the new song about Craigs List from one of my favorites, “Weird Al” Yankovic, made me think of what it’s been like to look for work on this internet ads site. I’ve posted a few ads, mostly for my services as a writer and one for my services as a cargo van driver. Of the hundreds of responses I’ve received, only one has been for any type of decent work. The rest is spam. Some are for jobs where you must first invest money upfront.

It’s like searching for a needle in a stack of needles. True, there are lots of needles, but you’re trying to find the one that’s useful in amongst the 99.9% identical ones that are useless.

Adventures in Craig’s List

You have to love Craig’s List. The only reason I respond to writing assignments, post jobs, etc., is because every so often, I’ll get a nibble that turns into something good. It can indeed be as frustrating as boating to the middle of Lake Huron in hopes of finding the two or three great fish amidst all the countless guppies.

Well, most recently I posted two ads: one for my writing services and another for my services as a cargo van driver (a family member has a cargo van they’ve told me they’d let me drive if they could find an interested company). Even though I clearly state I don’t want ads that require an initial investment on my part or get-rich-quick schemes, these indeed comprise most of the responders.

As far as the writing ads go, the funniest ones tell you they can pay $5 for a 500-word article. Well, for one client I get paid 25 cents per word. For a 500-word article, that would be $125.

It’s said in life and is no different in the professional world of writing: if you want to pay cheap, you should expect cheap writing.