7 Aspects To Consider Looking For Paid Freelance Writing Jobs
One of the most popular freelance jobs today is writing. Of course, there is always a danger of falling into the hands of scammers. However, it can be avoided if the writers learn to identify the behavior patterns typical for frauds:
- Asking for many samples
- Not being interested in the applicant’s experience
- Delaying payment
- Requiring endless revisions
- Preferring verbal agreements
- Changing the amount of payment in the contract
- Changing deadlines
Some employers ask for several samples from previous work. As the writer sends them, they disappear. Such frauds usually collect the “samples” from freelancers and use them for their needs without paying a penny. To avoid this situation, the author should always send only one sample to the potential employer.
Freelance writers should also beware of employers not asking about their experience at all. They might be hunting for inexperienced authors who would be easy to manipulate (e.g. telling the authors their project is not good enough to be paid for).
The golden rule for newcomers is to remember that they should never work for free.
A writer finishes a number of projects and expects a payment. Instead, an employer asks to write some more, promising for pay for them later afterwards. If the author agrees, the payment still doesn’t arrive. If employers fail to pay for the work they had promised, this is reason #1 to stop working for them.
Asking employees to edit their projects is OK unless it is done to make them give up and forget about the projects and the money they could earn.
To avoid this, the authors should always also remember their work deserves to be paid. If a project doesn’t meet all the requirements, the amount of money may be lowered, but it does not free the employer from paying.
There are many employers who are trying to lower the project amount by all means. In order to avoid disappointment over fulfillment of verbal promises, a freelance writer and an employer should use a contract.
An old trick being played by employers is promising a lot of money via verbal agreements but mentioning a lower amount in the contract. That is why it is crucial for young writers to read the contract very thoroughly before signing.
Employees are to meet deadlines. No one can argue about that unless the deadline is being changed without reasonable excuse and without extra-payment. Urgent projects are to be paid well – usually 15-25% more than the regular ones.