I Called The Cops About Spec Work

I hate spec work, as defined as “professional custom work completed by many for the slight chance of non noteworthy payment.” Basically it is a scam done behind the drop shadow of a website that profits on a bunch of people doing free work. It is used by a lot of people, including Gary…

Spec Work Defined for Andrew Warner

I was on Mixergy this week, which is just a fantastic project by Andrew Warner.

I’ve looked up to Andrew for a while, it was great to be on.  I didn’t plan on talking about…

The Spec Work Smell Test

I’ve had quite a few people say “I still don’t get what spec work is” lately.  There is quite a bit of gray area, but here is my definition I use to see if something smells like exploitative crowdsoursing (spec work).

Professional custom work completed by many for the slight chance of non noteworthy payment.

I put this together…

The Black Eye of Crowdsourcing

I’ve had some passionate conversations about crowdsourcing in the past few days. So many that my voice is horse. I’ve come to a realization:

For Crowdsourcing to live, Spec Work must not be associated.

Just like for Small Business to live, Pyramid Schemes must not be associated.