Speculative work a.k.a spec work is a terminology in working area especially for freelancer. Speculative work is a situation where we do some task / job without getting paid by client. Most of case happen when a filthy client want full cover demo from design to working application without paying a single sen, next time they will be reuse the demo to be outsourced to cheaper consultant / developed using developer's demo.
Software, Design, and any other logical material such as web design and layout is developer / designer idea. Like I was said in my last previous post about The Freelance and Entrepreneur Challenge which I was wrote about sell something that does not exist in real world. We can see and fell but we can't touch.
Lately, Shane and Peter blog posted about Jonathan's book cover contest. When I revisit the site I really shock that the contest is discontinues. What happen? I thought this begin from FreelanceSwitch comments.
Why this could be happen? Many freelance doesn't have any risk management and they think everything must be generating money. Entrepreneur does have risk management and also have one basic principal that doesn't exist in Freelance mode, which is Leadership. Entrepreneur comes from satisfaction and constantly updating their behavior to adapt any situation that they would be faced.
In this case, I have point of view. Competition is competition. Period. If we looking money, we could go to any website that provide projects list. If we looking for fun then don't expect money and leave the "exploitation" word behind. I called this as self-approvement.
Spec work not only happens in Indonesia but also happen abroad. I really shock that negative comments also happen outside the country about competition. In my conclusion, we do have same situation in business wherever we live.