Here's a newsflash for companies posting writing projects on Guru.com: Payment rates for freelance writing services have NOT bottomed out. Those of us who are, in fact, "gurus" (meaning expert writers) charge rates that are commensurate with our experience.
So please, stop posting projects with a $250 budget for "10 high quality articles (450-650 words)" or -- my personal favorite -- "10 articles (500 words per article) on the topic of tonsil stones. The budget for this small writing project is $25 for 10 articles."
That's .005 cents per word.
I posted a profile on Guru.com with the mistaken impression that companies who looked there are serious about finding expert writers. At the very least, I'd get some visibility in the searchable database. But searches by employers surface vendors who pay top dollar for their accounts (fair enough).
At least the time it took to complete the basic profile made me think about where I excel, and select the writing samples to prove it.