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Gumtree ads – Wanting the moon on a stick


#1
Had to laugh at a current Edinburgh Gumtree ad for a freelance artworker:
Mac operator / artworker / designer | Leith | Gumtree

They want some poor bugger to camp out in their office full time for the privilege of doing the few hours of work a week they 'expect' to chuck them.

So, for the privilege of spending every day in their office, ruling out any chance of in-house work anywhere else, providing your expertise and your own equipment, they will let you PAY THEM £250 a month (but they'll chuck in WIFI and a phone) – phew! Oh, and their permission to keep working on your own projects. Generous beyond belief really – practically a charity.

I can only imagine the fluffy working relationship this level of one-sided control-freakery would produce. Reads like a small company who needs, but is scared of, freelancers and doesn't trust any employee they can't hover over.

They'd be better hiring a competent local (there are plenty in Edinburgh) who can advise what's best done in-house and what can be done remotely then agree a retainer for X number of hours a month. Simples!
 

ARRIVALS

Well-Known Member
#2
That's Gumtree for you. Every now and then I find a decent client from on there, but more often than not, it's full of requests of unpaid work but experience for graduates or ridiculous offers like the one you came across.
 
#7
If you really have nothing better to do, or are a graduate looking for some experience then maybe worth a punt... other than that though it's a bit of a joke. £600 less the £250 rent.... you could earn more doing a paper round.