I've long defended spec work companies the opportunity to get out there and earn a buck just like the rest of us. As a freelancer, whether I like their business model or not, I don't feel I have the right to tell others how to run their business (so long as it's legal). Today however I received an interesting email that I wanted to share with you - mind you that I didn't sign up for a newsletter, list or anything else.
These guys were "kind enough" to send me this "wonderful invitation" without me even asking for it:
We would like to invite you to send quotations to clients around the world and build your client base.
Few of our latest projects that are awaiting quotations are:
Respect Our Lakes - $3000-$5000
Sweet Pea Daycare - <$1000
Sherbrooke painting - Negotiable
Sending quotations is very simple. All you will need to do is to register with us and select the project you would like to quote.To register visit: http://www.onlinedesignquote.com/register-designers.html
We look forward to serving you and building your client base.
Wishing you good luck,
Hey look, I've got no problem with these guys trying to put bread on the table, but sending out spam email to freelancers that didn't ask to be emailed doesn't feel quite ethical to me. My suggestion to companies like this is to get involved with the design community, use social networking and build relationships versus trying to make the quick score.
Whether you're an independent freelancer or a spec work company like this, the result is the same: emailing everyone on some list you purchased (without any social or trust building marketing) may get you a couple of quick sales but it's going to turn off a lot of people. I would be one of those people.
I do wish this company that emailed me the best of luck, but I do wish they would remove me from their list.
Want to learn more about what I think about spec work - get the honest truth here (and please retweet and share these with other freelancers if you got some value out of them!)
Initial Thoughts on Spec Work (based off of Forbes Magazine article)
Why are we Still Debating About Spec Work?
Love 'em or hate 'em, I decided to rate 'em: my first-hand experience & review with spec work, using CrowdSpring.com