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If you want to work for under minimum wage, Elance is for you!
On Elance, you bid on jobs, and you're competing with people all over the world, many of whom will work for about $3.00 an hour. If you want to actually be paid what you're worth, forget it. Writers can expect to make (when they get work) $0.01/word or less, for example. Work through Elance if you have to freelance, but don't expect to make a fair wage. I've found books with advice telling employers to go to Elance for cheap workers.
Advice to Management
Pay attention to the law! Don't let employers pay anyone less than minimum wage for their area. It's not only unethical, it's illegal. The same goes for paying per job rather than per hour. It's illegal to create such a job in order to get away with paying less than the per-hour minimum wage.
In other words, if someone takes a $200 job in an area where the minimum wage is $10/hour, and the job ends up taking 30 hours, the employer legally has to pay $300.
Freelancers: You can record your worked hours and report if you were paid less than minimum wage. The company will have to pay you the difference.