Are you a native-born American? Do you have a microphone?

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[Preamble: I am not the client here! I am not hiring! This is not an affiliate link! This is not an affiliate program! I am not making any money or otherwise benefiting from this post, so I'm not going to buy a thread in the "hiring you" subforum for this.]

This is a new round (for the last week of March '16): Same client, same gig, same terms, looking to hire new (and old) people.

My voiceover associates passed on this, saying it's not enough pay for them, so I thought I'd pass it along here strictly as a courtesy to my friends here who'd be qualified and interested.

I have a client who's hiring a few thousand people over the next day or two for a very short-term gig. It pays US$36 for about two hours of work, (primarily reading aloud). You need to have been born and raised in the US with a native command of the English language, (reading and speaking). You need to have a microphone on your computer or mobile device.

Advice to those outside the US: The client is not stupid. If you don't qualify, please don't bother applying.

There are a few steps in the application process, but they're all very simple: Join the marketplace, (if you don't already have an account there), apply for the gig, fill out a simple questionnaire, and sign a non-disclosure agreement. Pretty much the key point here is that you have to be able to follow simple directions.

I really don't feel like getting banned again, so I'm not going to post any link here. Email me (first name at last name dot com) and I will send you the relevant link to get started.

Again: I am not the client. I'm just doing them (and you) a favor, for free.
(Sad that I have to stress this, but such is life at WF these days.)
  • Profile picture of the author socialentry
    Ah, the privilege of being part of Americana. 18$ an hour for temp work.

    Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light....
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by socialentry View Post

      Ah, the privilege of being part of Americana. 18$ an hour for temp work.

      Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light....
      What David described is, sadly, RARE these days! If you interviewed 100 "americans" in some areas, you might not find ANY candidates! In other places, you might not even get 50%. I am working at some large companies and abut 80% of the people I work with would NOT qualify! Of course MOST aren't even native born americans, though many DO get "naturalized".

      The guy is probably TIRED of searching, and trying to pay a high price to get good candidates. David is obviously trying to do his best to weed out the BAD ones.

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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by socialentry View Post

      Ah, the privilege of being part of Americana. 18$ an hour for temp work.

      Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light....
      That was a pretty raw statement to make considering that we've got millions living in the streets because they can't afford to live under a roof at the wages most people get here. Our economy isn't the same as elsewhere, why should we be paid the same as elsewhere? This guy is paying way above going rate for jobs here - and if it were long term, you can bet it wouldn't pay that much. 36 bucks doesn't go anywhere - a few days of food, maybe.
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

        That was a pretty raw statement to make considering that we've got millions living in the streets because they can't afford to live under a roof at the wages most people get here. Our economy isn't the same as elsewhere, why should we be paid the same as elsewhere? This guy is paying way above going rate for jobs here - and if it were long term, you can bet it wouldn't pay that much. 36 bucks doesn't go anywhere - a few days of food, maybe.
        Yeah, SO MANY think the dollar is the strongest currency, and people here live like kings!

        1. GB The pound is probably the strongest popular currency.
        2. Much of Europe, the Euro is probably the second strongest popular currency, and about HALF the value of the pound.
        3. The Dollar is maybe the third strongest and lately like 80% the value of the euro.

        The minimum wage in the us, as it was, if NO taxes were paid, in some areas, it WOULD have been enough for an apartment, car, insurance, and enough incidentals. ALAS, the new laws(That went into effect CLAIMING to cut costs for families) cut the income by over 30%, and taxes cut it by 30%, and the realestate garbage may DOUBLE the rent costs! There IS a realestate plan to cut a lot of rent by 80% if you qualify, but ANOTHER law(supposedly to CUT costs) could cost you HUNDREDS extra a month if you DON'T!

        So YEAH, forget the bit about all in the US living high on the hog, etc... Most here eat NO better than anyone in Europe or Australia, and live no better. In fact, if one in those countries came HERE for a vacation, they would feel they could live like kings because their money goes farther, but look at the people that work here! Americans get paid LESS!

        And I do NOT know what is with people when they are upset at a guy STRUGGLING to pay $50million for a little corporate jet to use on business, and are fine with a guy taking out one of TWO $357MILLION dollar JUMBO jets(I believe they cost more, but this is the price one site quoted) out to play a game of golf half way around the world while claiming our daily trip to work is endangering the planet, and demanding we pay more for energy, etc....

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  • Most of us are American at heart.
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          • Profile picture of the author Kay King
            How did an offer of $18/hr for someone sitting at home with a mic on their computer translate into focus on millions of homeless - who is and who is not American - etc. It's the same mantras over and over. Any excuse to go to your corners and snark out.

            If no one will take the job - the buyer will have to pay more if he wants work done. Supply and demand.

            Sorry guys - it's probably me. I'm increasingly wondering why I bother here but that's my thing.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by americanclassifieds View Post

      Most of us are American at heart.
      Hardly! And the quicker that Americans learn to ditch such attitudes, the sooner we can hope to repair at least some of the relationships that we've damaged with the rest of the world over the decades.
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        Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

        Hardly! And the quicker that Americans learn to ditch such attitudes, the sooner we can hope to repair at least some of the relationships that we've damaged with the rest of the world over the decades.

        Oh, you mean be friends with Iran?

        The deal also allows the U.S. to import Iranian carpets, caviar and pistachios.
        Priorities.
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        • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
          Originally Posted by yukon View Post

          Oh, you mean be friends with Iran?
          I'm not going to stir the pot with specific politics here. Just saying that we could afford to ditch the superior attitudes that (understandably) annoy others.
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            Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

            I'm not going to stir the pot with specific politics here. Just saying that we could afford to ditch the superior attitudes that (understandably) annoy others.
            What? Are we NOT exceptional??? lol

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            Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

            ...Just saying that we could afford to ditch the superior attitudes that (understandably) annoy others.

            I disagree.

            Try reading the SEO forum at 2AM [EST]. Reading the 3rd world babble, it's like you can almost see the brain cells dying.
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            • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
              Originally Posted by yukon View Post

              I disagree.

              Try reading the SEO forum at 2AM [EST]. Reading the 3rd world babble, it's like you can almost see the brain cells dying.
              But that demonstrates my entire point. While I may actually agree with you silently, there's no need to bash any particular group in public, as one's comments will almost always be taken out of context, and emotions then quickly escalate.

              While it may be naive to think that we're all going to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, there's really nothing wrong with closing one's mouth and turning one's cheek. World peace has to start somewhere.

              Ten words; two letters each: "If it is to be, it is up to me."
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                Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

                But that demonstrates my entire point. While I may actually agree with you silently, there's no need to bash any particular group in public, as one's comments will almost always be taken out of context, and emotions then quickly escalate.

                It may be naive to think that we're all going to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, there's really nothing wrong with closing one's mouth and turning one's cheek. World peace has to start somewhere.

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                • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
                  Originally Posted by yukon View Post

                  Everybody believes in free speech until you start questioning them about it. - Larry Flynt
                  There's a difference between legally protecting speech and suggesting that people respect each other and use good manners and civility. I will argue that a person in America has a legal right to draw a cartoon of Muhammad, as an expression of free speech. I'll also be quick to point out that I really don't think that it would be a good idea for them to do so.

                  Or am I misunderstanding you?
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    I'm not sure how a Larry Flynt free speech quote escalated into fear mongering.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Can you pm me the link?

    Thanks!

    I can replace a bottle of Stoli, and get some cheese and crackers.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

      Can you pm me the link?

      Thanks!

      I can replace a bottle of Stoli, and get some cheese and crackers.
      Sent to your email. Thanks for the Stoli and snacks!
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

        Sent to your email. Thanks for the Stoli and snacks!
        My neighbors across the street do freelance stuff - and are usa - can I share that link with them?

        (they need some beer money)
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        • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
          Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

          My neighbors across the street do freelance stuff - and are usa - can I share that link with them?

          (they need some beer money)
          As long as they meet the above requirements, sure.

          One would think that it'd be simple to round up a few thousand Americans, but apparently not. {shrug}
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            Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

            As long as they meet the above requirements, sure.

            One would think that it'd be simple to round up a few thousand Americans, but apparently not. {shrug}

            probably because the whole thing sounds sketchy (hundreds of thousands being paid for reading and only born american) and to be honest this thread probably would have been locked or deleted as it would be for many other posts like it (more for the want to hire forum).

            You have to sign up for a marketplace? Whose? - the clients? Unless you mean fiverr.
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            • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
              Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

              You have to sign up for a marketplace? Whose? - Unless you mean fiverr.
              It's Upwork, and there's no charge to join. I'm not even sure they have an affiliate program, but even if they did, I wasn't going to use my link, (assuming I could even find that on their site).

              The mods here have been so trigger-happy, I wasn't going to even mention Upwork, seeing as they are a direct competitor to Freelancer.
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