Just for the record, this was originally a thread about freelance writers working independent of essay companies. Nobody was promoting anything or criticizing anybody until you decided to contribute your wisdom to the discussion.
(1) You lie, previously you said you mostly work for private clients.
(2) You are the least ethical contract writer I know, shame on you. You don't care about the company at all; if you had a chance you would drop them completely to get a quick buck. You easily forget without the company you would achieve nothing. I'm surprised WB is still putting up with you.
(3) You are in DIRECT competition with the company that contracted you and you have the cheek to advertise here in front of your boss and the whole industry.
1. Most of my income comes from private clients right now. I still consider the company more stable in the long term and I appreciate my relationship with them very much. I have reason to believe the appreciation is mutual.
2. I already left them on good terms to work full-time for the government for a few years and they reinstated my account immediately when I let them know I was available again, no questions asked. They'd probably not be too upset if I chose to go 100% private and I'm sure they'd let me do as much work as I could for them anytime.
3. No kidding, Sherlock. They know we're competitors just like Pheelyks and I know we're freelance competitors. The companies (obviously) monitor these types of sites to keep track of anybody who defames their business and if there were any conflict about their writers also freelancing, we wouldn't have chosen to use our company IDs as our screen names here, Genius. The companies I write for know that I've referred some work from my freelance customers to them (including some from here). In fact, I make sure
to let them know anytime one of my private clients needs work from them because if it ever became apparent in the future that we were sharing the same client, I want to be 100% sure they know the client used me first.
They also know that I compete fairly and that anytime a company client has approached me here or elsewhere, I've declined the offer and explained that I don't poach any of their clients. Every potential client who has not
already used their services is fair game. Same goes for my relationship with Pheelyks: we've traded work in our respective areas for our established clients and we've referred brand new clients to one another as well.
(4) I perfectly know that, that's the industry standard.
(5) But what he's doing here is SOLICITING his business in front of the company. It's like if you had a kiosk selling newspapers. You invested your money in the kiosk, hired a sales person, bought a delivery truck, do advertising. But every day a guy who is selling THE SAME newspapers shows up on his bike, stands in front of your kiosk and sells the same products for less money. That's exactly what FreelanceWriter is doing here.
4. This has nothing to do with any "standard" in any "industry": Contractual obligations are formed by laws and by contracts. There's no such thing as any non-compete obligation or restriction by default in any
"industry" unless it's specified in some contract agreed to by the parties. I'm guessing they probably figured out I freelanced as much as possible by the User ID that I selected for their websites and for this forum.
5. Horrible analogy. It's more like a wedding-band singer whose contract says "You get $___ for every gig you book with us and you're not allowed to steal any of our customers" also working as a freelance vocalist for anybody who needs a singer who isn't already a customer of the band or promoter. If all parties involved also frequented some of the same Internet forums and the singer very openly disclosed exactly who she was, nobody but an idiot would think there could possibly be anything "unethical" about that.
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