Craigslist – The Dirty Wh*re of Business Promotion

Back on Craigslist.  There’s something about it that makes me feel like I’m looking to find a nameless date for the evening, or a used sofa.

Having found absolutely NO luck in posting our two companies on Craigslist in order to find someone who may be looking for our services, I returned to the poor man’s to see if anyone out there was looking for us.  I searched the “gigs” section, and actually found a few things.  Some were a few too many days old, and some were written in a broken, strange version of English (one job was looking for someone to shoot “1030 to 1030” on a gig that advertised itself as “It improv comedy.”)  Needlesstosay, they’re first on my list of projects to submit to. When we did it the other way around, and advertised ourselves, we received numerous spam emails.  Most of these emails read “How long have you been doing this” or “I thought you might be interested in this ______”, all inevitably leading to some website they wanted me to look at.  Bastards.

Our bank account is on empty, so we’re not turning our noses up at very much right now.  If it pays, if the people aren’t crazy (actually harder to find than you think) and if it’s not porn, we’re on it.

It’s been recommended to us that we do projects we’re interested in, even if they pay little to no money.  The argument is that we’ll keep our chops up, and have more work to add to our portfolios.  For example, we’re shooting stills for a friend’s wedding in December, charging next to nothing.  And speaking of weddings, we’re just finishing up the editing on stills and video for another friend’s wedding, for whom we charged nothing.  On that note, it’s also been recommended that you charge something, as it shows your work and time are worth it.

Craigslist is officially back on my daily To Do list (along with the Tweeting, Facebooking, random organizing, etc).  And if the guy comes calling about his shoot that will take less than a minute and boasts its true improv comedy, we’ll be sure to charge extra.


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