Most of my freelance writing clients are professional organizations that pay me by check after I complete a 1099 and we have an initial interview by Skype, while I’m wearing a button-down shirt, a tie and no pants.
Yesterday, I helped a young man write a business proposal. He is ground zero for millennial. From San Francisco, works for Google, lives in Williamsburg and he’s ethnically ambiguous.
Alpha Millenial: Thanks for everything, can I pay you through Venmo?
Me: The video site Taylor Swift uses?
AM: No, that’s Vimeo.
Me: You can pay me with a check or through PayPal.
Me: What, “Oh?”
AM: I mean, that’s fine. Venmo was bought by PayPal and it’s caught on better with people my age.
Within a minute, I signed up for Venmo. I felt like such a stupid dinosaur for using PayPal. Had he known I was a PayPal user, I’m sure he wouldn’t have given me the job.
I can’t tell the difference between PayPal and Venmo but the next time a millennial wants to give me money, I’m going to make it as easy as possible.