Recently I've been posting jobs on multiple websites trying to find a decent programmer who is willing to take a lower payment in exchange for a retainer each month. Now I'm not saying I'd pay the person $0 to do a ton of work, I would actually pay them something lol.
The job I was looking to get done was a design and programming for a website that would be an easy sell to webmasters and web designers. I posted the job at $300 and in the description I mentioned that I would give an additional 10% of the profits to the designer/programmer for life as a retainer so they could manage the code and add new features if I wanted. Now I probably wouldn't need new features for the first 6 months so all they would really have to do after the launch would be to watch the code and make sure it didn't break.
Now I know for a fact that I can get this website to roughly $3,000 profit per month within 1 to 3 months so most designers and programmers from India and the Philippines would love an additional $300 USD sent to them just to monitor some code each month lol. And who knows, I might be able to get the website to $10,000 a month within the first year
Now for anyone who doesn't know about India and the Philippines, their minimum wage is roughly $300 USD per month. So basically I'd be giving them minimum wage just to monitor a website lol.
Now to get to my point of you get what you pay for. After going back and forth with a designer/programmer for a week about what I need done, she said she would do it for $200 and the 10% retainer. In my head I'm all like "Well she knows exactly what I need and knows what is going on" but that was far from the case. It seems that she was going to outsource the work to someone and when she accepted my job she sent it to her designer/programmer and they came back telling her that $200 - $300 wasn't enough. She came back and requested that I pay $3,000 for this job to be started and completed within 30 days. Now she never told me she was outsourcing this, but I could tell she was because of how she was acting. She knew exactly what was needed because we went over it and then she came back asking for 1,000% more lol.
Luckily I didn't get stuck in this deal and didn't deposit any money into escrow. But when I was starting out I did get scammed in a situation similar to this. But that was because I was dumb and started talking to the guy off of the platform and just sent him money via paypal and didn't know exactly what to look for when getting scammed