I’ve been using various freelance bidding sites to pick up work over the years (main Elance, and now Upwork) and the accepted rates of pay have dropped so low that it’s almost worthless as an income source. It’s gotten acceptable, or at least common, to see jobs posted for rates like 1000 words for $5 or $10. I’ve seen many people wanting well-researched articles in perfect English for $1. Are you kidding? I can’t make a living doing that, and I’m about to stop trying. Just because you have a lot of work to give me, doesn’t justify offering slave wages. $2/hour is not reasonable.
Sigh. Maybe I need to get a “real job” after all.