I’ve recently been upping my items to gallery websites like Flickr and I just received a message from them.
Before you make the same mistake and have your account terminated after spending time promoting your content, I thought I’d share this email with you:
This is a copy of a warning we sent to your primary email address:
In joining Flickr, you agreed to abide by the Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. Flickr accounts are intended for individual use, for our members to share original content that they’ve created, not to sell stuff:
“Don’t Use Flickr for Commercial Purposes Flickr is for personal use only. If you sell products, services or yourself through your photostream, we will terminate your account. Any other commercial use of Flickr, Flickr technologies (including APIs, Flickrmail, etc), or Flickr accounts must be approved by Flickr.”http://www.flickr.com/help/guidelines/
Please remove the URLs that link to your store/auction(s) from underneath your photos/video and/or any sales verbiage or “for sale” sets at your earliest convenience so that we don’t have to take further action on your account.
Flickr StaffIf you’d like to respond to this warning, please send the email to caseXXXXXXX@support.flickr.com to ensure a timely response. You can change your primary email address at any time via your account page: http://www.flickr.com/account/prefs/email/
Of course sharing artwork on Flickr is fine, but linking the images to sites where you sell the “image” appears to be against their terms.
so.. summing up,
there is a chance that you create something for a client and after couple of days you can get a message : sorry you won’t be paid, you just lost 2 or more days of your work!why then try using microlancer? if you cannot even verify that client … so shame!
There used to be and article on FreelanceSwitch by a designer who produced and delivered work for a client, then months later the client filed a chargeback and Paypal refunded his money.
I can’t find the article as FSW has moved/merged into Microlancer and Google isn’t playing ball…
but the point: this can happen whether a client pays up front through an online service like Microlancer or meets and greets you all friendlily and smiley and you deal with money privately.
If you value your life don’t move, Thailand is a very corrupt country and they treat killing, robbing foreigners like a business. Do you own research, otherwise you may end up as the many foreigners that apparently go on vacation to “kill themselves” by jumping from the roof with their hands/legs tied up.
Been here a year now, the only corruption I’ve been a victim of is having to pay a police officer $10 for riding my motorbike without a helmet (daft thing to do anyway), and again for parking my bike in front of a “no parking sign”. I’d prefer to pay a corrupt officer than go through the process of paying the fine properly.
I value my life. I’ve had to go to the hospital twice here in Thailand, both times the quality of service kicked the NHS’s (UK National Health Service) ass.
I’ve spent time in all the main tourist areas, too. Never seen someone strung up from a roof, but I have seen thousands of foreigners so drunk they have no idea what their name is.
Also, to add to this point, I’ve been robbed twice in my life. Once was in France, the other was in my home city of Manchester. Since being in Thailand, I haven’t witnessed any violence and I feel safer walking around the streets in Thailand than I do in the UK.
Sure, there’ll be the occasional horror story of a tourist getting into trouble – but that happens everywhere.
I’m on the beach in Thailand right now: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201245106597864&set=a.3029812112459.2124021.1477558322&type=1&theater¬if_t=like
...doing a little work.
I live in Chiang Mai now (up north), which I use as a base to travel around Asia. Plus, Chiang Mai is awesome. I would recommend it to anyone.
My internet connection is bad right now, but I’ll dig up a previous thread I posted about setting goals to work towards them.
I posted about wanting Envato to put $200 a month towards my travel expenses. Now my monthly GR account pays my rent.
Thailand has a great mix of standard of living and quality of life at a great price, but don’t be fooled into thinking you can get by on pennies here and live a paradise lifestyle.
I spend around $2,500-$3,000 a month, which is around 90,000 Thai Baht (or, 9x the average monthly income).
My lifestyle is epic, though, and a lot of my expenditure can be cut down.
I have American friends who get by on $800 a month. But focus on the get by.
With the paperwork and visa runs required to stay here, they’ve basically moved from one country to work their ass off to another country to work their ass off.
Do I think you should earn money online and come to live in Thailand? Yes I think it’s a great idea. Do I think you should do it before you have a steady stream of cash whether freelance or passive? No, definitely not.