5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Looking For Online Freelance Writing Jobs

  1. Never work on a job if it is not guaranteed for payment
  2. There is a high chance of identity theft and fraud in the freelance industry. You need to make sure that the person you are working for is reliable. Decide the payment terms or receive an advance for the task to be sure of the payment

  3. Do not commit something you cannot do
  4. Always stay by your words and commitments. If the task is not under your skill set, you need to tell it to the client at the time of awarding the job. You should also clarify them if the task is not under your budget or if you need more time to complete it. Being honest might not earn you many jobs in the beginning but it surely will save your reputation and freelance profile

  5. Always ask for a fair price
  6. Do not hesitate to ask for an amount that justifies your efforts. Freelance writers who are afraid to say no or speak for their right suffer in the end. You need to be able to speak up if the budget is low. If you are working on a job that is lower priced for your efforts then you will have lower motivation to complete it.

  7. Decide the delivery date and number of revisions in advance
  8. It may upset your client if you ask them to pay after a certain number of revisions. You need to clear your work policies and revision process at the beginning of the job. Similarly, you need to have a clear understanding of the date you are to submit this assignment. This will make it easier for you to plan the assignment. Also, you need to mention if this deadline depends on the client response or is this your individual turnaround time

  9. Research and understand the task before you attempt it
  10. Do not bid on each job that you come across. Some jobs may not be suitable for your skill set. Even if the job is under your skill set, you need to research and understand the requirements of the task before attempting it. Do not jump to start writing the assignment before you know what you are required to do. This will save you from rewriting the complete paper from scratch in the later phases. If something seems unclear, you can ask the client about it rather than assuming on your own