Online Freelance Writing Jobs

Here are three things you can do to avoid online writing scams so you can spend time investing in legal home writing opportunities.

Never “write for free”: One of the most common online freelance scams is the “write sample” scam. The way to do this is that the company will ask you to write original content so that they can “assess your writing skills”.

Do not be fooled. Legitimate companies will never expect you to write for free, or write standards like the industry says. If they want you to write an original sample for them, they’ll be willing to pay for it in full.

Therefore, if a company wants to offer free content, even if it is “just an example to assess your writing skills”, please say “no thank you” and move on.

Never pay for work leads: Another common online freelance writing scam is pay for work leads. Usually you have to pay a membership fee or subscription fee to join the site and get a job offer. This is the red flag, the red flag, the red flag!

I’ve been a freelance writer since 1993 and I’ve paid for zero (0) vacancies – zero. I don’t care how good the quote sounds or how low the rate is, don’t be fooled. Usually you will be asked to register for a 3, 5 or 7 day trial period at a price of “just USD 1.95 or USD 2.95”.

To your surprise, after a week or a month, your card/cheque will be charged $47 or $97, a “regular membership fee”. And kickers – this is a monthly recurring fee. Moreover, it is totally impossible to get your money back because phone calls and emails are not answered and/or returned.

If you run into this situation, the best thing you can do is cancel (yes, cancel) your account and file a report with your Office of the Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau.

If you don’t cancel your account, you can charge your card month after month before you stop using it. And the reason is that when you sign up for a cheap trial that you think will last 3, 5 or 7 days, there is a “sly” language in the rules, which gives the thief the right to charge you regularly.

Never pay for a job offer as an online freelance writer – and always – you will avoid this problem altogether.

Do your research: The internet is your best friend when researching free online writing opportunities. Do your homework before investing in an opportunity (free or low cost). Freelance writers are notorious for dating and scammers.

Even a small amount of research will reveal the online freelance work scams of real freelance writing opportunities – if you take the time to look at them.


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