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How to Know If Freelance Writing Jobs Are For You

Updated on May 29, 2015

Freelance writing jobs are easier to find now than ever before. The internet has made it easier to find all kinds of home based jobs. But, many of the ads for “typing from home” are nothing more than scams. Asking some simple questions will help you find a real job and avoid the scams.


Freelance Writing Jobs Can Turn into Profitable Business.
Freelance Writing Jobs Can Turn into Profitable Business. | Source

No Cost to Start Work

A company should not charge you a fee to do work for them. If there is a fee attached to a program you are considering, you should find out what you are really paying for.

Intermediaries

There are some services that act as intermediaries between employers and contractors. They provide a payment solution for the employer and a list of available projects for the freelancer.

It might be worth signing up with that kind of service in order to find good freelance writing jobs as long as the monthly fee is not too high. But, remember this. You are getting paid less, because the employer is paying the service.

Find Out the Rate of Pay

This is something that you would ask when applying for a traditional job. Most “real” employers fully explain the salary or hourly rate, as well as other types of compensation such as health insurance or paid vacations.

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Many companies that offer home based jobs talk about your earning “potential”. You should take a moment to be skeptical if you see that word.

One of the websites advertising under the heading of “typing from home for money” says that all is required of you is to fill out some simple forms. Supposedly, you are filling out these forms for other advertisers. But, the site does not explain how much you make per hour or how you get paid. You have to sign up for the program in order to learn more.

Read the Fine Print

Maybe it’s legit, but it could be a scam. Always read the fine print and never provide your credit card information until you are sure that the program is a worthwhile investment.

Some pay well. How much you can earn may depend on how much you can write in a day’s time. If you are not a “bulk writer”, you might not make that much.

Some pay well. How much you can earn may depend on how much you can write in a day’s time. If you are not a “bulk writer”, you might not make that much.

Ask About Payment for Your Work

One of the biggest risks of typing from home for others is that once you send them a document, you can’t get it back. You might not be able to collect the promised fee. Many freelancers have been ripped off by unethical individuals and companies.

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On the other hand, a legitimate company cannot be expected to pay in full for something that they might never get. Since most of these home based jobs are done by way of telecommuting or email, sending payment in advance is risky.

If this is a true contract for typing from home, you can ask for half of the money in advance. Most companies will expect that.

Identify Yourself as an Expert

Some of the best freelance writing jobs are for people that are experts in their field. So before you apply for a job, put together a resume that proves you are an expert. You might get more requests than you can handle.

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      OLDNAVY 

      3 years ago

      Thank you Lovely C. Good luck and I'm sure you'll do well.

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      lavenderLove 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      Sometimes if you have that gut- feeling that something is not right with a certain website ,you just have to follow your guts..,,for me I am on my quest on finding new writing venues now..and this article is a good help

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      OLDNAVY 

      3 years ago

      Thanks Lovely C. Yes, some are very risky. I do a lot of research before I decide to write.

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      lavenderLove 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      great tips..some of these I do every time I look for freelance jobs online..it is very risky but knowing the signs and if its too good to be true,then its a scam

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