In the salad days of 2005 I was in demand as a cheaper alternative to Web Designers who had a sense of style. This way they could hire a separate graphic designer once I got all the critical things working like the MySQL database and the shopping cart. The problem was that on Craigslist people wanted to pay nothing for everything. They wanted me to do work for free so I could put it on my resume” but I did not want to put most websites on my resume. Plus most people who actually paid were hired to do the work themselves so I couldn’t put them on my resume, but I did many of them. I always wanted $500 to $2000 for what would be one week to four weeks part time work. A bargain really.
Web Design is a tough business. It is so tough that these days I don’t do it at all except as a favor or to make some very quick money doing a routine upgrade or something I find on Craigslist. But about seven years ago I had a few jobs, which is funny in a way because though I am technically skilled I have no sense of style or taste in web design. In fact this site only looks like it does because my fiancée told me earlier versions of it were so ugly that someone in some country I was visiting might have a reason to arrest me for creating a public abomination with my face on it.
I still was not interested in getting cars as payment. I asked him why he could not pay me in regular money and he went on a long winded spiel about how easy America was and how he had started a school for free” and how he also ran a Car Donation Charity that he used to make money for auctions where he was the only bidder and his used car lot would sell the cars for a profit while his school would get the cash earned in the auction donated and the people who donated the cars would get a tax deduction based on the auction price.
The State of New Jersey funded the education of released prisoners and also had given low interest loans to people starting technical schools. I was to design a website to promote this technical school that offered everything from car repair, computer associates degrees and welding classes.