Posts Tagged ‘work

08
Dec
11

the holiday party dress code

Reader E. G. writes:

My boyfriend’s office holiday party is next weekend. Being a dude, he has no idea what the dress code is, and I don’t know any of his coworkers. It’s the holidays, so I want to get dolled up, but I don’t want to overdo it. What do you recommend I wear?

Dear E.G.:

As a lady, it can be difficult to toe the line between well-dressed and over-dressed, as you obviously know. But usually if there wasn’t a formal paper invitation that clearly states “black tie”, you are more likely to be risking overdressed more than under.

I’m sorry your boyfriend doesn’t provide you with the need-to-know dress code thing. Not all guys are that socially careless, just so you know. But typically, guys who don’t know or don’t care about dress codes tend to work in offices that also don’t care so much about dress codes, so there’s your next clue.

Um, yeah, it would have been nice to know it was a "Saturday Night Fever" them, thanks.

Image: photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My very best advice to you is to wear whatever you do with utter confidence, even if you find you’re the only one there in a skirt and heels. If you’re not embarrassed about what you’re wearing, it’s unlikely anyone else will be, either. You want to get dolled up? Do it, and don’t look back. If you stay in the upper to middle ground of “dressed up” and avoid the ballgown or sweat pants extremes of the spectrum, you’ll probably be fine.

Also, take a cue from wherever the party is taking place. If they’re holding it in the office, be prepared for people to wear whatever they wear to the office (in this case, I’m guessing jeans and polos, max). If it’s at a restaurant, you can probably assume things will be on the nicer side. The location is information I’m sure your boyfriend will be happy to provide.

Wherever or whatever the party ends up being, here are a few ideas to help you blend in while allowing yourself the opportunity to dress up, whether this party ends up being a classic New Mexican “well, you could wear your dress boots, I guess” barbecue or a more upscale sort of soirée:

– Wear a dress. Unless you’re the kind of girl that never wears a dress, in which case, wear nice slacks that aren’t jeans. Skip the suited look, however, because that can make you look like you simply can’t leave your own office. You can typically get away with a cocktail dress that’s at or above the knee — a longer dress can edge into “over done” territory pretty fast.

– Keep it simple, but don’t be afraid of fun, classy, party-ready textures. A simple shift or a-line dress can be completely glamorous in the right material, like silk chiffon, taffeta, or lace. There are sequins and patterns all over the place right now, so go for it. Plus, if you don’t know any of his other coworkers, they may just assume you’re always this chic and well-dressed.

– Use your accessories to really shine. Carry your best bag, wear your good jewelry, and put on those heels you never wear. Your good pearls can dress up a tee shirt dress, and a sparkly belt can take your office job sheath to festive party in a snap. Get a cocktail ring and bling your way through the evening. And if you feel overdressed, you can easily remove accessories easily to take it down a notch. (But c’mon, who wants to do that?)

– Wear red lipstick and get your nails did. If you read any of the fashion mags, red lips are apparently the only thing anyone is doing these days — it’s like 1945 out there. If you wanna’ add a bit more sparkle to your evening, paint your nails in one of those glitter colors that are lining the shelves at salons. It may take you back to fifth grade, but that’s partially what the holidays are about anyway. Or put a little shimmer on your eyelids. And remember that a little goes a long way. As in, don’t go smoky glitter eyelids + red lipstick + glitter nails + body glitter + sequin dress. Let one or two elements speak out and keep everything else neutral.

– Smile. Meeting your boyfriend’s coworkers can be like meeting his parents. Decide before you get there that you’re going to have a good time, and that if you’re the overdressed arm candy for the evening, it’ll be a great story for the grandkids, even if they don’t end up being this boyfriend’s grandkids.

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01
Dec
10

work emails

Reader A. J. writes:

I have a coworker who sends out political emails to all our work addresses. It probably wouldn’t bother me so much, but I really don’t agree with his political point of view. I can’t decide if I should complain to human resources to get him to stop or not. What do you think?

Dear A.J.:

Delete, delete, delete.

That’s what I think you should be doing. Whenever I get spam emails, I delete them without giving them a second look. Quit letting political jabber get to you and treat these emails for what they are: spam.

junk

This is what I do with my junk email. Image: federico stevanin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We do this every day with other outlets of opinion. You probably only read news from outlets that already reflect what you believe, thereby reiterating your world view. Everyone does it. The news media is rife with political opinions we may or may not agree with. If you were at home watching TV and a pundit came on that you didn’t like, you’d either change the channel so you could ignore her or watch the show so you could get riled up to fight people of her ilk.

Deleting these emails is tantamount to changing the channel, in my opinion. Or you could read them to make yourself angry. But I wouldn’t recommend that because, unlike your relationship with the national punditry, work relationships are often forced upon you. You don’t generally choose who you work with (unless you’re the boss), so this situation is a little different than hating Rachael Maddow or Glenn Beck.

Is your coworker trying to engage you in a conversation at the water cooler about the emails? In that case, it may be time to confront him, but gently and without endangering your work relationship. Tell him (via email, in this case) that you prefer to keep your politics at home, and if he would be so kind as to remove your work address from his email list, you’d appreciate it.

He may give you flak for this, but if you find you are incapable of simply deleting and ignoring the junk mail, it is your most noble course of action.

It’s funny, though, isn’t it? You can have one employee who sends out harmless junk email that contains lovely pictures of sunsets or children or animals, and you’re fine with it, but when another employee sends out political stuff you don’t agree with, it makes you want to call in the HR department. Unless there is a guideline in your company’s employee manual regarding “improper use of company email” that specifically states no personal usage is allowed, you’re basically just being the kindergarten tattle tale if you go to the HR manager.

And if there is no company policy in place now, you might be opening a can of worms that will lead to one, and may not be as happy and shiny as you want it to be. More restrictions in the workplace just make everything more tense, so sometimes it’s better just to fly under the radar.

Of course, HR departments are supposed to be in place to mediate between employees and employers and all that jazz, so if you feel this person will be angry if you ask him to stop, okay, fine, go to HR. There are probably other people in the company who are tired of receiving his emails, too, so you may be a company hero. But you’ll also be ending the flow of political emails you do agree with, not to mention those delightful pictures of sunsets and children and animals.

(Okay, who am I kidding, does anyone really enjoy receiving those endless forwards from the old person in the company? Honestly? Sometimes they’re funny, sure, or even cute, but most of the time it seems as if the person is just reveling in the fact that they learned how to press “forward” and has access to a boundless amount of email addresses, i.e. the company contact list. Merf.)

So yes, I definitely think keeping your personal issues with your colleague’s work emails between you and him is your best option here. Leave HR out of it unless you’re ready to bring a world of pain on everyone else, or unless you don’t think the colleague will be able to handle you asking him to leave you alone. Keep it professional, which is what you want him to do in the end.

08
Oct
10

office strife

Reader T. M. writes:

The other day I went over to a coworker’s cubicle to ask him a question. He wasn’t there, but he’d left his computer on and unlocked, and I noticed an IM on his screen to another coworker had my name in it. I couldn’t help but read it while I was standing there. Let’s just say the  IM conversation wasn’t particularly flattering to me and I was insulted and hurt. Both of these coworkers are supposed to be friends of mine — we’ve even gone out to happy hour a few times and I went to one of their birthday parties a few weeks ago. Now I’m not sure what to do. Should I confront them about the conversation and what they said, even though I’m not supposed to know about it in the first place? Should I just cut ties with them both? I’m really hurt and confused.

Dear T. M.:

I’m sorry you had to come across that kind of back-handed nastiness. If your coworkers had a problem with you, they should have said so to your face. But obviously it’s a rare bird who is willing to own up to his or her actual feelings, particularly when they’re negative and about someone else. It’s too late now and you can’t un-see that IM. So I say be proactive.

watch out!

Loose fingers sink friendships. Image: br3akthru / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

First things first: you should remember that IM conversations are different beasts than face-to-face conversation. What I mean is, you may have seen something out of context that was part of a longer, harmless joke. Or you may not have understood the sentiment of the conversation — there could have been sarcasm or tones you weren’t party to by just seeing that part of the convo.

The problem with lots of modern communication like texts and IMs, beyond the fact that they’re easy to misinterpret, is the fact that they are actual reproducible records of what we say. We can joke around with our voices and never have to worry about what we’ve said being shown word-for-word to someone who wasn’t part of the original conversation (unless we’re being followed by a camera crew for a reality show or a budding linguist who records conversations for research). Unfortunately, this same devil-may-care attitude doesn’t necessarily translate well to the written forms. While we as a culture (or a generation, perhaps) take IMs or texts about as seriously as we take regular voice conversations (i.e. not seriously at all), textual convos can be used as incriminating evidence later on. Just ask any number of government officials who have been caught sending naughty texts to interns or supposed protegés. We don’t take what we write very seriously, and it can certainly come back to haunt us.

Basically, what I meant by that last paragraph was “let us all take this as a lesson”. I’m sure you’ve got a few IM conversations in your closet you’d rather not have seen in the light of day. But probably Google has a record of them somewhere. Imagine what offenses you could have caused to curious eyes, even if you didn’t mean them. It’s possible (and probable) your coworkers said things in this IM that they didn’t mean. In fact, I would argue that IMs can be taken even less seriously than real conversations, in spite of their reproducibility. I know it’s no comfort to you, but there are things we’re willing to type that we’d never say out loud to anyone, because it would just be too much.

In any case, you should probably figure out what the IM actually meant. You’re going to be stewing over it anyway. You might as well know if they really meant to insult you. If they did, you can tell them you don’t appreciate it and end the friendship in a whirl of flaming glory. Piece of cake. If they meant something else, you’ll at least have a clear mind over it and you can feel better, although I doubt you’ll be willing to be as close with them as you were before. Unless you’re a masochist, hanging out with people who belittle you isn’t usually fun. The trust is broken.

I hate to do victim blaming, but you kind of brought this on yourself, too. I would also warn you not to read private IM conversations, but first off, you already know that, and secondly, there’s nothing anyone can do to stop that kind of curiosity. And it may be better that you found out how these people feel about you, even if it had to be in this manner.

I think the one thing we can all take away from this is that we should try to think before we send our own IMs. And who’s actually going to do that?

31
Aug
10

my coworker is a b*tch

Reader B. C. writes:

I work at McDonald’s with this girl who is a straight up BITCH! She mad dogs me like crazy, even though all I ever do is say “hello”, and all the other girls I work with agree that she is just unpleasant to anything female. Her boyfriend works with us, which might explain why she’s so awful, except he’s totally ugly and let me tell you, she has absolutely no reason to fear any of us trying to steal him away. What can I do?

Dear B.C.:

If the girl’s bitchiness is interfering with your work, you can talk to your supervisor about it. I’m not sure what McDonald’s HR policies are, but I have a feeling”teamwork” is on the list of preferable traits in employees. If all the ladies at your workplace are experiencing the same bad attitude in this woman, someone should probably do something about it.

I got 99 problems

Image: luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Of course, female territorialism and cattiness, while ridiculous, are huge driving factors for many crazy ladies, and there is probably nothing you can do to convince her you’re not after her man-meat. Regardless of how ugly or stupid he may be, she is convinced he’s the best of the best, and obviously that means all the other girls are gonna’ want a taste.

Didn’t you hear about those teenaged girls  in Florida who were cat fighting over some guy who really wasn’t worth their time or effort? Yeah, one of those girls killed the other one. There were other girls involved, too. Don’t let that rumor that men are more aggressive than women fool you — girls can get pretty serious when it comes to their boyfriends.

If her mad dogging isn’t interfering with your work, I’d say avoid this girl as much as you possibly can. If she mad dogs you, look away. In fact, don’t make eye contact with her ever if you can avoid it. Be courteous in your work life, but avoid all other contact. Furthermore, avoid talking to her bf as much as you can, and not just because he’s unattractive. While I don’t think this girl is necessarily going to get violent on you, I wouldn’t want to risk it. Jealousy is a strange beast.

On the other hand, there are some funnier ways you could handle this:

Start hitting on her. Come out as a lesbian. Turn the tables. Let her know you’re not after her man; you want her, and only her. See how she likes that. Or maybe don’t hit on her, but let her know her man is totally out of the running for your affections by declaring your undying love for the fairer sex. Sure, other issues could arise at your workplace, but hey, it’ll probably make her stop mad dogging you.

Get the rest of the team to ignore her completely except when it comes to business. If she’s gonna’ be ridiculous, y’all can fight fire with fire. If no social interaction with females is what she wants, give it to her. Just make sure you’re not bullying or excluding her from work activities. Girls can get mean, and you want to be above that. Just don’t play her game by her rules.

Be so nice to her she can’t stand it. Override her unpleasantness with super sweetness. Ask how her day was. Invite her to come out with you and the other girls on Friday after work. Buy her presents. Be as ludicrous in the opposite direction as you possibly can. She’ll be confused, to say the least.

Or, maybe, you can just go about your business as usual. She has no reason to worry about you, and you should have no reason to worry about her. Again, if it’s not interfering with your work, she’s being ridiculous, and you all know this. She may burn out and break up with her bf eventually, or he’ll dump her from the ridiculousness, and then the whole thing will be over.

20
Aug
10

my boss is an idiot

Reader D. G. writes:

My boss is a complete idiot. My company designs websites. My boss doesn’t understand the concept of the web at all, let alone coding or design. He keeps promising things to clients that can’t actually be done in our office, with our resources (especially staff, i.e. me). He doesn’t understand that you can’t just change the design entirely if you decide you don’t like some element. He doesn’t get how servers work and he doesn’t understand privacy laws. Basically, he is completely ill equipped to run a web company, and if it weren’t for the few other folks who work in the office, the company would deteriorate into nothingness, which it probably should, anyway. How do I deal with my boss’s complete lack of intelligence?

Dear D. G.:

bad boss

A bad boss can make you feel small. Image: graur codrin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It sucks to be in a working position beneath someone who doesn’t actually deserve their higher position. Of course, you’ll probably never really know how he got there in the first place. If he owns the company you work for, you can probably guess — he couldn’t hack a job in the real world with real other people, and now he’s running the show of his own company because he’s actually an ego maniac. Sometimes ego maniacs lead great companies. Other times, they fail miserably because of their inability to see their failures.

I have worked for emotionally bankrupt people, people with anger management issues, incompetent people with complexes about their intelligence, narcissists, micromanagers, and bullies. So I completely understand how you feel.

Sadly, there’s not much you can do about a boss who’s an idiot beyond leaving the company for better climes, especially if he owns the business. You’re never going to be able to put him in his place (and even if you did, you probably wouldn’t last long within the company thereafter). There’s probably not anyone above you that you could complain to about him, either.

I’d say get your resume in order and start putting out feelers for a new position. It may take time, but that’s just fine. Don’t do anything rash like quitting without a new job lined up. Remember that a job with a crappy boss may not be as bad as no job at all.

And there are other ways you can deal with his idiocy while you’re looking for a new job.

For instance, having bitch sessions with your coworkers and colleagues might be helpful to relieve some of the stress. If your boss truly is an idiot, your coworkers probably think so, too. You have to be careful about this, however, because office politics are funny things. Don’t ever just cough up a criticism of your superiors with people you’re not sure feel the same way. Gossip can run rampant, but more importantly, if someone doesn’t agree with you, it can cause stress between you and that colleague. You may just want to bitch to your friends who work elsewhere. Sure, your colleagues may be able to chime in with their own stories of your boss’s antics, but your friends won’t go talking to your boss about your feelings behind your back. Better safe than sorry.

You could also start an anonymous blog keeping track of the idiotic things your boss says and does. Don’t ever use real names (not yours, not the company’s, not your boss’s, not anyone’s), and you should probably consider making it private and only inviting good friends and family members to read it.

I have also written stories for myself about the things I would say to my bad bosses, given the chance, or about them failing at life in general. For instance, I once had a particularly stupid boss and I decided to write a story about nobody coming to her wedding. In the story, she didn’t understand that nobody in the world liked her. It made me feel better to laugh at her in this way. I didn’t share the story with anyone else, but it felt good to get it down on paper.

Or you could enter a contest for bad bosses, like this one here. You may be vindicated by having your boss voted “worst in the world”. But even if you don’t win, reading the stories about other bad bosses will probably make you feel better about yours, too. You may find that your boss’s incompetence pales in comparison to some of the really terrible bosses out there.

Finally, I think you should find a way to focus on what’s good about your workplace. There has to be something. Are you allowed to wear whatever you want to work? Is the environment laid back? Do you get free lunches from time to time? Can you set your own work schedule? Is it easy to ask for time off? Are there pets around? Are your coworkers particularly funny? I’m sure there are tiny things at your job that can make you feel better, especially if you compare your situation to others’.

It is depressing that there are loads of incompetent, emotionally deficient, anti-social people in positions of power in the world. That is, unfortunately, not going to change any time soon. But you can at least feel less stressed out by it by resting in the knowledge that you’re not alone, and you will someday move on to a better job, or the company itself will disappear, leaving you with unemployment checks ’til you find a new spot to work in, hopefully with an intelligent, capable boss.

08
Jun
10

freelancing

Reader M. J. asks:

I am convinced that I can stay home and work for myself as a freelancer. What tips do you have as a writer to help make this a reality?

Dear M. J.:

Conviction is the very first thing you definitely need to make a freelance career happen, especially in writing. I’m going to be totally frank here and not sugar-coat this: it is HARD to make a living off freelancing, particularly if you (like most Americans) have any debt whatsoever. Writers have it particularly bad, and I blame this on our high literacy rates in America. Everyone can read, and therefore, everyone thinks they can write, too. Obviously, we all know that 98% of the written content on the internet is particularly vile (not to mention the written content in newspapers, books, and even movies), but in our digital age, quantity will beat quality any day of the week. Especially if it’s cheap quantity.

Doubt you'll ever need these.

Freelance writing: not what it used to be. Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The best advice I can give you is to find a gig with a past employer who wants to keep your services on-hand. If you can find a retainer, that is pure platinum. The reason a previous employer is a good idea is because they know your skill level and because you can trust that they’ll pay you. Striking it out in the wide world of self-employment can be a very difficult and unstructured move, and you may actually end up doing a lot of work that is either unpaid or underpaid.

That said, there are a lot of great ways to market yourself and get work. Here are a few things I’d definitely recommend:

– Get yourself a website.

Make it easy to remember. Your best options are your name, or a “catch-phrase” of sorts that people could come across easily. Buy the domain (they’re not too $$$ — godaddy.com is a good way to go) and find yourself a hosting biz. I recommend Word Press because it’s easy to use. Better yet, make a trade with someone who is actually a web designer. They’re always in need of content, and you write good content, so you can probably get them to make you a website in exchange for a bit of work on your end. Have examples of your work in PDF format available so people can see what you’re capable of. Make sure your website’s content is good, engaging, all that jazz.

– Print up some business cards.

You can get a good set for free at VistaPrint (you pay for shipping and/or to NOT have their name on your card somewhere). They don’t have to be fancy; in fact, while neat business cards are awesome, utilitarianism wins over form in this category. If they can’t find a way to contact you or remember why you gave them your card, the shiny hologram isn’t going to do anything for you. Put your name, specialties (“SEO”, “writing for web”, “music writer and jazz accordionist”), phone number, email address, and brand new website. I’d leave the address off, especially if you’re nomadic like a lot of us are. You can leave business cards all over the place, hand them to people who are talking about their new website, or give them to the hot number you meet at the bar. Everyone loves a business card.

– Decide on your pricing.

This is probably the hardest part for me. You’ve got to decide what your writing is worth, based on market research, your education level, and what you actually need to survive.  If you’ve worked a job as a copywriter in the past, consider charging hourly for what you used to make there. If not, figure out market rates by doing your research. It depends on what part of the world the content is going to, how big your client is, how much time and research it would take for you to complete it… It’s an ever-changing world. You’ll get an idea of what people are paying when you start to look for work, but you should at least have a general idea of an hourly rate for writing content (web vs. article vs. whatever else), editing content, consulting, etc.

Like I said before, it’s hard to find clients who are willing to pay for good quality when they can get quantity on the cheap. Remember that there are at least 100 computer-connected people in India or the Philippines who speak and write English and will do your $20/hr work for $0.10/hr. You’re going to have to be able to set yourself apart if you want to make the kind of money you probably need to make to afford living in the U.S. You could consider moving to India. I’m just saying.

– Scour the interwebs for work.

If you don’t have a generous former employer who wants to continue paying you in a freelance capacity, or friends who are starting their own websites, or any other contacts who can pay you for your work, you’re going to have to look for it.

Craigslist is actually a great place to find freelance work, especially if you dig around in the major metropolises (NYC, LA, DC, SanFran, Boston, etc). Of course, you have to be careful — there are a lot of scammers out there, and people who won’t pay you. This is why I say you should know your clients before you agree to work for them. If they don’t have a working agreement or contract of some sort available, don’t trust ’em.

I have also used oDesk.com, elancer.com, and other sites that basically take random screen shots while you’re logged in/working so that you can prove to your client how long you’ve worked, and so your client can rest assured you’re charging them for actual time. I have some trouble with this because I’m a multitasker, especially when I’m writing. I get a whole bunch of things done at once, and it’s hard for me to concentrate on a single task at a time and get it done well. So while these sites are good for some folks (and will help you assure payment), they don’t work for everyone. Also, these sites take a cut off your final billing, so you have to charge more per hour than you normally would. Finally, the problem with these sites is that you have to bid for the work rather than talking with your client directly, and some of the sites charge you “credits” (aka money) to bid on the highest jobs.

Sites like ecopywriters.com are good to start with — they pay by the word, which is an interesting way to go about things. Of course, this work can be mindless and not worth it if you don’t type fast or can’t come up with content quickly.

Sites like HubPages.com and Examiner.com can work for you if you’re capable of really marketing yourself and snagging a topic that people will be interested in reading. You really have to keep that up every day in order to earn any cash at it at all, but if it’s a topic you like, it can basically be like blogging.

– Try the old-fashioned route.

You can always send proposals to your favorite magazines and see if anyone will publish your article. Print media isn’t dead (yet), although the group of people who get published in it are a pretty incestuous circle and it can be very difficult to break into, especially without some kind of academic backing or a name for yourself. But if you are really good at writing articles, with a great spin on them, and can write awesome cover letters, go for it. It’ll cost you postage and time. Well, and printing fees, probably. And dignity, if they turn you down. Just remember: the only time you fail is the last time you try.

– Market yourself.

This is another really hard part. You’ve got to use the resources available to you, and there are a ton of them. Set up a fan page on Facebook and ask your friends to join. Nag them if you must. Use LinkedIn to get your name out there and get as many contacts as you possibly can. Be a whore. You’ve got to be, or you’ll never make enough money to live. People have got to be able to say, “Oh, yes, I know a writer” if it ever comes up. You never know. Put your resume up at eMurse.com and hang your business card up at all the free bulletin boards in town. Be shameless. Just do it.

– Learn new skills.

You are probably not going to be able to make it just as a copywriter. People don’t want to have to hire a copywriter, editor, graphic designer, and web designer. They want a one-stop shop. So make yourself useful. While you may never be an amazing coder, you can probably figure out how to use Photoshop or how to do HTML mark-up. The more stuff you know, the more valuable you are. Add as much to your resume as you can.

These tips will probably work well for graphic designers and programmers, too, although I think they have a much easier time finding work. (Again, everyone thinks they can write; but I’m pretty sure most people will readily admit they can’t code well.) If you make it big, remember to let ’em know where you got your info from. Wink. Wink.

02
Oct
09

crisis of conscience. sort of.

money vs. morals. isn’t that how it always goes?

i applied for a ghostwriting job which i have come to find out is an academic essay-writing job.  i.e. writing essays for kids who don’t want to do their schoolwork.

i’m kind of indignant about it.  i wrote every single paper i ever turned in, from that research paper on skunks in third grade to my masters degree thesis. i never even asked someone to help me write an outline.  i remember kids in undergrad talking about essay-writing services, but i thought they were just a rumor. turns out there’s a huge industry made up around it.  and yeah, it’s kind of like the black market, as it probably should be.  kids who order essays get scammed a lot, the folks who write the essays get scammed a lot, and it seems like it’s rare that anyone leaves happy.

of course, the company i’d be writing for claims that the essays they send people are meant to be SAMPLE essays. they can’t help it if people want to be unethical and claim the writing is their own, because the company doesn’t publish the essays anywhere else or put a copyright on them.

and i get that some people just can’t write. i know. i can have some sympathy. i just couldn’t get chemistry. except the thing is…. you’re going to college to LEARN how to write.  maybe you’ve got several hundred bucks to spend on an essay for that philosophy class. but some other people are actually doing things the right way and learning.

of course, the money’s good. as someone with a masters degree i would earn 35% of whatever the company would charge for an essay… upwards of $300 a pop.

and it’s tempting. i’m human. and i’m poor.

sometimes morality is easy. (image via lonelyplanet.com)

sometimes morality is easy. (image via tony wheeler at lonelyplanet.com)

but i just can’t do it.

i’ll write press releases, i’ll write research articles, i’ll write customized fiction. but i won’t write academic papers that are meant to take the place of actual learning. especially because i’m the person you’re cheating here. you make my self-earned masters degree that much cheaper by having me write yours, too.

you know how they say there ain’t no rest for the wicked? i disagree. i think there’s no rest for people with consciences.




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