I’m a copywriter. I’m freelance. I’m all for fair rates for good work.
But I’m also a human being. So I’m dead against grown adults acting like little babies.
It’s with some discomfort, then, that I’ve seen a trend for childish, aggressive, and downright rude behaviour from fellow freelancers – particularly on those job sites we all hate so much.
Yes, they encourage bargain-basement rates.
No, that doesn’t make your behaviour okay.
“Try adding a zero to your budget,” they say. “Professional? Get real.” “Thanks for wasting my time,” I read (which presumably means someone is mourning the loss of the 45 seconds it took to read a ridiculous brief with a subpar budget).
We’re throwing our toys out of the pram because things aren’t how we’d prefer them to be. We’re using our creativity to come up with clever ways to put strangers under attack.
And we’re not doing our business – or our rates – any favours.