Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Freelance Copywriters: The New Craigslist Hookers

My niece, Emma, posted this find from Craigslist Atlanta on Facebook:


Date: 2011-02-07, 3:58PM EST
Reply to: see below

My name is Travis Broyles and I will do whatever* you want me to do for less money than whoever you are paying to do it now.

Below is a list of just some of the things I can do. I do want to stress that I DO ANYTHING so email me if your requested service is not listed here.

Things I Will Do For $5:
Stare at you for 5 minutes
Give a hug to the person of your choosing
Call you on the phone and seem genuinely interested for 10 minutes
Draw your face on a balloon
Sing Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" from memory to the best of my ability
6 minutes of copywriting

Things I Will Do For $10:
Write your new theme song
Sing your new theme song on your voicemail
Spin until I throw up or you lose interest
Rename your Pokémon
Host a conference call with you and a person that you've always thought was cool but never really got the chance to hang out with, you know?
12 minutes of copywriting

Things I Will Do For $50:
Break-up with your boyfriend or girlfriend
Help you quit smoking (I'll call you every day for a month and yell "HEY DON'T SMOKE")
Tell the person you like that you think they're cute and what if you had sex together?
Try my best to fly in a public place for an hour
Make you a really great profile picture
1 hour of copywriting

Things I Will Do For $100:
Tell your kids which one is actually your favorite, and what the others could do to improve their standings
Fight someone much smaller or girl than me
Email you a list of 250 things I like about you (need access to any and all social network accounts)
Clean most of your house and apologize for the things I didn't
Deliver 5 fully cooked DiGiorno pizzas right to your door (5 mile radius from my home)
2 hours of copywriting

Things I Will Do For $1,000:
Host an event (will not host anything racially insensitive, e.g. human being auction)
Give a PowerPoint presentation on team building to your business and/or extended family
Rename your children
Build you a cardboard car and make vroom-vroom sounds while you drive it
Star treatment for a month (I'll hide in bushes and take pictures of you)
20 hours of copywriting

Things I Will Do For $100,000:
Yell your name every time I wake up for the rest of my life
Change my political and spiritual leanings
Screen all your phone calls for five years
Recreate the best day of your life (or worst, whatevs)
84 straight days of copywriting *BEST VALUE*

If interested, email me at

*Prices and tasks are subject to negotiation. I will not murder or steal or perform a legendary murdersteal. No rapes, and the sex has to be unrelated to the payment, like "Oh, after you're done cutting those trees down, do you want some lemonade?" but the lemonade means sex, mostly.

Young creatives are known for pulling stunts like this to get noticed. This one is pretty good, because he kept it clever and (mostly) clean, despite being on a free-for-all medium. The flippant (and unnecessary) addition of "no rapes" rubbed me the wrong way, though.

Not sure I'd be willing to hire Travis for six figures — and nine months of paid vacation — for this, but still a nice effort.

Screencaps below:

Update: Looks like Agency Spy picked up this story from CL too.


  1. Fabulous post. I, too, had a problem with the flippant "rape" comment. But this stunt shows a lot of spunk and creativity. Would I hire him for this? Nahhhh. But I might get him to write me a theme song.

  2. It's been tagged for removal. (Why?) Thank God I got a screencap.