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Do writers give their knowledge too cheaply?

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06-04-2012, 01:35 PM
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  Old  Do writers give their knowledge too cheaply?

I am a member of a number of freelancing sites where I look to see what projects are on offer.

Frequently I am amazed at the payments that are being offered as a recompense for the work. All to often there are posts that state they are only prepared to pay a set (low) fee for a set number of articles.

What amazes me more is that people actually bid on these jobs. I know that many will say that the bids are from people who do not have English as a first language, and they are struggling to feed their families, because they come from the poorer regions of the world.

However this creates a dilemma, all writers from which ever country they come from have had to study English to reach an acceptable level, but the quality of the work is often poor.

Basically what I am asking here is do people who consider themselves good writers have a minimum set fee that they will not go below.
While it would be good if the writers of this world could all come together and say enough is enough, our knowledge and expertise no longer comes cheaply, I doubt that it will ever happen.

What are your feelings on this?

Should writers continue to accept low paid work, or should a message be sent out loud and clear to potential employers that slave labor and articles mills are old hat and writers expect a good payment for their knowledge.


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