How Not To Get Scammed - Looking For Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners


Sadly it is true that there are people in this world who are prepared to scam or rip off other people. Freelance writing is certainly one of those situations where people can be cheated. There are steps you can take to minimize the risk. The worst possible time to be subjected to unfair treatment is when you are a novice. Looking for work as a beginner in the world of freelance writing means that you are particularly vulnerable to being scammed. Here's how to avoid such an event happening to you.

There are writing blogs for freelance writers where the subject of scams is treated in great detail. You can learn a heck of a lot by reading about the experiences of other freelance writers who unfortunately have been cheated. Many freelance writers are prepared to describe the situation of how they came to be scammed. You can learn a lot from writing blogs when fellow writers open up and tell their tale.


Join an established agency

By joining a long-standing and reputable writing agency, you give yourself protection. The reputable freelance writing agencies have a series of rules which are designed to protect both the employer and the freelance writer.

For example a typical scam involves a job which promises an outstanding amount of money. Now that is not to say there are not some very generous employers in the world but the saying that ‘if it is too good to be true, it is too good to be true’ applies in this situation. Most freelance writing agencies have checks and balances which question jobs which they believe are unfair. You will see a job advertised and you may decide to apply and only then find a sentence such as, ‘this job has been delisted’. This is invariably because the writing agency believed it was potentially a scam.

When you know about a reasonable fee for a particular job, you are in a much better position to avoid being scammed. As a beginner this may take a little time to understand. But you should know the number of words you can produce in say an hour of work. You can then work out roughly that if you are going to require five hours of work to complete the task -- and that includes research, preparation and proofreading -- then you know at your hourly rate how much you should be paid. If the job does not offer that then beware because you may very well be scanned.

Lastly it is very important that you clearly understand the requirements of the job. If you don't and you apply for the job and you win it, you may very well be stuck with doing a lot more work for a lot less pay than you originally anticipated. Read the job details with your full concentration.

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