The first time I got my first email from an employer was a decade ago, but it was a welcome one.
It was from a business I had never heard of called TechBiz.
The email contained a simple request: I was looking for a technical writer.
The job ad said, “This position is for a freelance technical writer, but you are free to work remotely as long as you have a valid job offer.
If you have experience, then you should consider applying.”
The job had a simple, “No Experience Required” requirement.
The offer was from one of the biggest companies in the world, and the offer was in the form of a bonus.
TechBiza was offering a free job for anyone who applied.
And the job ad promised me a nice bonus.
$1,500 a month for three months.
I got the offer, and I had a freebie job for three days.
I didn’t even have to ask anyone to pay.
I just wrote down the job description on the spot, which was a very good way to get an idea of what the company was about.
The company had a good product, but there was no real way for me to find the right fit.
But I had an idea.
It wasn’t until a few months later that I was offered a job with TechBizo.
That job was also advertised on TechBizz, but the company wanted me to get the job from them.
They didn’t have to pay me anything for the first two months, so I could work remotely and still be on the TechBbiz payroll.
Techbiz offered me a bonus of $100,000 per year.
But TechBithos was paying me $500 a day, so that meant a whopping $5,000 a month in salary.
My bonus would be reduced by 20% for every month that I wasn’t on the job.
And I had no idea that TechBitz was an executive-only company.
“You’ve done it!” the company said, smiling at me.
“Now you can work remotely.”
I was so thrilled that Techbiz was offering me a free gig.
But when I asked about my salary, I got a slightly different response: “The minimum wage here is $11.80.
We’re going to adjust your bonus based on your experience, and if you need more, we’ll let you know.”
“So how much does this cost?”
Techbiz explained that their company pays for the cost of the work.
And it was going to be $1 million a year, for a total of $5 million a month.
“But we’re going back to $1.25, right?”
“That’s not fair,” TechBisi said.
The CEO looked at me, and he was very clear: I had to do a better job of making sure that the company kept its promise.
And he made it clear that this was just an offer, which I accepted.
The money was good, and it made me feel good.
But it was not enough.
Techzos CEO promised that if I didn.
He didn’t make it clear how much the bonus would go up, but he promised that I would receive a bonus for each month that the job was not on the list.
But the first month, my bonus went up to $2,000.
That was not good enough.
And then, every month after that, my job went down to $500.
And after a month, the bonus for the next month was $2.75.
The next month, it was $3,000; the next, $4,000, and so on.
My boss was worried that the bonus was a joke, so he told me to tell him when the company would give me my next one.
“We’re going for $2 million a week,” he said.
“I can’t keep this up forever.”
I thought I was making progress.
But not at TechBis.
I was stuck in the same cycle of being happy with my salary and not making any money.
I couldn’t see a way out of the dilemma.
“How can you possibly make this go on forever?”
And every time I heard someone talk about this company, I had the same answer.
It just wasn’t worth it.
My salary was good.
The bonuses were good.
I had made it work.
But that’s all it was.
My company wasn’t really hiring, and my job was so far from the world that I couldn.
I needed to find another way to keep working remotely.
I contacted my friends, and they were happy to help me find a new job.
I started searching online.
It turns out, I was not alone.
There were more than 50,000 people with a job search ad on Techbiz.org, a website that was used to advertise the job openings on Techbizz.com.
It turned out that Techbiza was the largest company in the United