Would You Pay For Work?

Guru logoI just joined Guru.com. If you haven’t been following me for long, I’m trying to both reduce my consumption and increase my income. Increasing my income at my current job is impossible since overtime has been eliminated and there is a salary and bonus freeze. So no luck there. Anyway so I am trying to earn money elsewhere. I’ve earned a whole dollar through ads on this blog since January (argh) but Guru.com seems to have some potential for me. The drawback? You have to pay for a quarterly membership plus a percentage of fees.

So you’re curious about what it is. Guru matches freelancers (and people like me) with outsourcing companies looking for short term employees or virtual jobs. I just don’t know if I want to pay to play. I know you can’t get anyway of quality for free (or can you?) but paying for the potential to possibly land a short term assignment just seems a little like too much hedging to me. There is absolutely no guarantee that you will have a job or assignment after you pay. So would you do it? Would you pay for the possibility of landing an assignment? Pop on over the see for yourself. I am sitting on this one. I’d rather use the money for a snowflake payment but I can be wrong.

I did invest $1,500 in some new cell phones that I plan on reselling on Craig’s List. Funny how I’m willing to spend that much of my emergency money (yikes) in the phones but I won’t spend $30 on
Guru.com. I need to get my priorities straight. Anyway, I’ll let you know how the phones go.

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9 thoughts on “Would You Pay For Work?

  • It’s hard to work out goals with your spouse even if you are both on the same page. I sit down with Randy and ask him where he wants to be financially in 5 years and he tells me rich. LOL. Seriously! Thankfully, he is just as frugal as I am but trying to get him to plan long term is impossible. On the other hand, he is really, really good at getting bills paid on time with very little money. I guess we have to count our blessings and compromise.

  • What a great post! You are so right. My husband of 3 years and I took Susie Ormonds advice and keep a joint account that gets 60% of our paychecks, and personal accounts that get the rest. That way, we don’t go nuts when someone wants to buy expensive shoes that look fabulous on her or concert tickets for a jam band that he’s too old to be going to see anymore. You know, for example.

  • I just joined Guru.com. If you haven’t been following me for long, I’m trying to both reduce my consumption and increase my income. Increasing my income at my current job is impossible since overtime has been eliminated and there is a salary and bonus f

  • Holy! $1,500 in cell phones? Were the refurbished from a manufacturer? I used to work in the wireless industry have never heard of buying to resell on craigslist.

    Ads on the website, like you, I have found to not payoff very well. We have been bombarded so much with so many ads that our brains seem to tune them out entirely.

    I have never actually heard of guru.com before. There is another site called elance.com that you can post on as well.

  • I’ve used Guru previously to hire someone (for my spouse). I’ve also signed up for it as a freelancer long before it was called Guru and proposed to 2-5 projects with no luck. There’s always someone out there who’s willing to work for less than you are. All my freelance work came from my own research and networking. Now I make extra cash off a few sites I have (not including my personal one, cos it’s fairly new and well, it’s a personal blog). So no, I probably wouldn’t pay to get work.

    That’s a lot of money for cellphones, I’m just too cheap to spend that much money all at once. Hope you make a nice profit out of it!

  • I always wonder how much someone is willing to work for. I see lots of consultants from India and such and I just know that I can not compete on pricing with them. I’m happy to hear from someone who tried it out though.

    And I made some money from the phones! 🙂 I pocketed $250 so that was a decent return in a much shorter period than I could ever earn it in the bank. You do take risks though.

    Thanks for commenting.

  • Great post Sandy! You make points very clear. I recently took Susie Ormonds suggestion to keep maintaining a joint account in order to get most paychecks and have personal one for the rest. This way i can save money and at the same time get right interest for long term. Thanks

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