Things are tight for me right now. Maybe I should abandon The Dream for a Nine-to-Five and submit-to-the-man but I remain really keen to be my-own-Boss. All I need is a few more coins to rub together until my big-thing really starts to take off!
Meanwhile, I have a very modest local "computer programmer available" ad floating around the Interwebs. The dubious enquiries from people who have 'forgotten my password' I have no trouble rejecting, but occasionally I get enquiries from locally enrolled, invariably foreign, students, who don't directly declare it but—from reading the specs it's plainly obvious to us both—they have an assignment due.
Some of them are offering (IMHO) good money. eg: US$1000 for what might take me 8-12 hours.
On a philosophical level—I'm not enthusiastic about helping a wealthy foreigner buy their visa/qualifications for another year because (a) they haven't earned it and (b) their unearned qualifications dilute the value of my own. But...
OTOH, am I a chump not to reject this kind of income? It's only a small-ish distraction from my main project, and I'm not ready to give up the dream. There is certainly a market there which can prop me up a little while longer.
Is sneaking in this kind of work when times are tough a smart-move example of getting-ahead in a dog eat dog, real world? Or is it just cheating myself, and others?