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GETTING RICH WORKING FOR FREE

Hi, let me introduce myself: my name is Wilmer Edricson, and I’ll be taking over this website. I saw my opportunity after the departure of Kotow Shergar, who was short-sighted to give up a job working for free.

Working for free is often more lucrative than working for pay, since it gives you a chance to sue your employer for unpaid wages.

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Here are a few reasons suing is better than working for a straight paycheck:

1) You Can Get More Work. before hiring you for a job Employers usually consider factors like how much money they can afford to pay you, or what your work is worth to them. If it’s not worth it, they won’t hire you. Don’t give them that option. Work, ostensibly for free, and then demand payment later. Don’t forget that…

2) You Can Name Your Own Wages. Come into the lawsuit with an idea of how much your work is worth, that may not be based at all on market forces. Just make a website or a flier that says something like

Wilmer Edricson

  1. High-Quality Writing and Composition
  2. $1.00 Per Word

and use it as evidence that that is what you “normally charge.”

3) You Can Scare Them. Whether or not your case has any merit, it makes your employer look bad. They might pay you off to prevent it from going to court and ruining their name. They can’t counter-threaten you with ruining your own good name because…

4) What You’re Doing Is Ethical. Which brings us to the topic of this article: Ethics. What are they? What can you use an ethic for? I didn’t bother to find out. What I do know is there are two important questions in any ethical dilemma: what you can get away with, and whether it’s worth it.

TWO QUESTIONS OF ETHICS:

  1. Can you get away with it?
  2. Is there any profit in it?

Example: You catch your wife in bed with another man. Is it ethical to kill him and her? Well, you probably couldn’t get away with it, and there’s no profit in it. So to murder them would be unethical.

In the world of business, you may come across some innovative way to make more money, and wonder, “is it ethical?” Assuming it’s a good (profitable) idea, all you need to do is figure out how to get away with it. Do this first by covering it up, and then by aggressively defending it once your cover is blown.

To convince others that what you’re doing is okay, you must first convince yourself. Here’s what to keep in mind:

A) Everybody’s doing it. Everyone cheats. Or at least they could. And if they could, why wouldn’t they? You would, so they probably would. The assholes. Why should you have to play by any different rules than them? Beat them at their own game.

B) You’re standing up for your rights. You have the right to do what you want to do. If you were to do anything different, it would be impinging on this right.

Keep to this plan, and you should be able to make any idea ethical. If you can’t think of your own, try to find someone else’s “unethical” idea, and make it ethical by doing it for yourself. If someone else is doing it, it’s a bad thing. If you’re doing it, you’re just playing the game.

Thanks for reading. Hopefully you can put this advice to good use, because if so, I’ll be coming for my percentage. That’s six hundred twenty five dollars worth of advice you just read for free.

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Author: Brooke Allen

A retired Wall Street executive with a whimsical side.

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