Recently, there was this huge uproar on my WAHM message board that I frequent. It’s essentially a young woman who is a freelance writer like myself. She was complaining because her check was “late” and she feels that she should get paid via paypal, as well as twice a month. In addition she is unhappy with her pay there. Talk about a disgruntled employee – airing her complaints on a public forum, which essentially makes others not want to work for the company, and some won’t even check out the facts.
Now, I understand being frustrated because you feel like your paycheck is late, however I will assure you that it was not late. According to our legal/binding contract that we signed upon being hired by families.com, the checks are to be sent by the 25th of the following month. They have never ever taken that long. In fact, typically my boss is sure that was have them by the end of the second week in the following month, which is more than 2-3 weeks earlier than stated. So by no means was her check late.
Getting paid twice a month
Ok, well in an ideal world, we could say when and how we get paid. But we are freelance writers. We are working for someone else, and we do not get to call the shots on when we get paid. There are very few places that you can freelance and get paid twice a month. So although it might be ideal, it almost seems like a complaint that’s better just kept to yourself.
Although there are several writing markets and freelance jobs that wind up paying by paypal, they are few and far between. I know this sounds really weird, but I don’t consider paypal to be a professional means in which to pay an employee. Honestly, in my heart if I got hired for a writing job and they informed me that they were going to be paying me my monthly paychecks via paypal I would have to really look into the company. I would want to see how professional they really were. Now, if it was an option, in addition to having the option to receive paper checks or direct deposit, then that’s different. I don’t so much have a problem with that.
You know, there are so few individuals in this world that are completely satisfied by what they are making. But in a writer’s world, there is no room for complaint. We don’t get paid well. You don’t decide to become a writer to be a millionaire. You do it because you love it. The exhilaration of seeing your name in print, of working the hours you wish, and enjoying what you do. Not too many types of jobs are that way, and not too many people can do that. I personally feel that for what we are asked to do, families.com pays very well, my largest check will be this month and it will be somewhere around $700.00 (should be more) and I had the ability to make MUCH more than that. I just chose not to. That’s the other glory – you decide how much money you make!
Hey, I recommend that perhaps before you go posting to a public message board for working mom’s you might reconsider. Our boss frequents that board, and guess what? Yes. She saw it. And it turned into a big mess. I just find it extremely unprofessional for an employee to start complaining if they never contacted the employer to find out what was going on. Or to seek help from them first. There is an ethical responsibility as someones employee to go to them first with a complaint. She did not do this. As a result, she got fired. Then she proceeded to comment that it was a $300/ a month job she could of cared less about losing. Well that’s a shame, because it has the potential, if you are very good, to be a $900/month job and in addition, it’s not a lot of work and makes a great part-time job. I don’t think any of us would ever consider it our full-time job.
Seriously one of the most entertaining, enjoyable jobs I have ever had. First, getting paid to write is no shabby thing. You work your whole life as a writer, hoping someone will notice. Well, families.com has opened doors for me that I might otherwise not have had opened. It’s a fun job, they are extremely flexible and accomodating. So if you are a freelance writer, don’t just close your eyes to the whole opportunity. At least check it out and see if it’s a fit for you. I understand it might not be. Not everyone enjoys the same writing jobs. But this one works for me as a nice decent supplement in between magazine articles and web content. It’s all about where your personal priorities fall.
Happy writing! From a NON-disgruntled families.com employee!