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Freelance Writing Scams

Updated on November 4, 2013

Working from Home as a Freelance Writer

Freelance Writing Scams

Freelance Writing Scams

Everyone wants to make an honest living and looking for jobs online to write usually is a good way to find a job. There are a few scams out there and do beware.

When you see an ad asking for three articles to show your work, some companies are giving topics out to write on. That gives a red flag right there, since I did this several times only to find they were using the articles on the topics they needed for their website. Do be careful, and if you decide to do this put underneath each article you email or submit, this is for viewing purposes of my work and not to be used anywhere without my written permission.

That helps although it can’t guarantee they won’t use it. You have to admit it’s a good way to fill up content for views on their websites without having to pay someone to write them.

Remember you have talent and this next topic is about being paid for your work. Don’t give in to the ads offering to pay you a dollar per article, because that isn’t even reasonable, or meeting minimum wage standards. Respect yourself as a writer, and set reasonable quote for your work.

Everyone has to start out somewhere and if you’re just beginning ask for a modest amount for your writing, it’s is a good way to start out. Once you get established you can ask for more, and work your way up the ladder.

Do invest in a program such as Microsoft Word to do a spell and grammar check on your articles. This will alleviate finding errors in your articles and give a better image to the editor reading your work.

Join groups that offer exchanges in writing jobs, not so much to critique each others work but to exchange paying writing jobs. There are a couple of Yahoo groups that do this and ask nothing in return except that you post a freelance job you come across once a month. These groups aren't chat groups, strictly email exchanges of work available.

If you do ghost writing make sure you have a signed contract, and have it notarized if possible. There should be a clause in there if the person you are working for wants a non-disclosure contract, and if there is no non-disclosure agreement be sure to state how much royalties you will receive and for how long. Sometimes if a book is published, they only allow royalties for so many years, which could be a bad thing if the book takes a few years before coming popular.

Join groups that share paying jobs, the group can be very helpful considering if someone had a bad experience with a company hiring them.

Another thing to do is make sure that you find out if you are able to publish the same article with another company, this is possible.

Do check out to see if someone has used your work periodically. CopyScape is very user friendly and a good tool to use.

Never pay an entry fee or a contest fee, unless you have money to spare. With all the collected fee money they are making a profit on the entries and maybe paying a $100.00 prize and pocketing thousands.

Good luck writing, and remember you're worth more than a $1.00 per article.

Written by B. A. Williams

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    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      7 years ago from USA

      Glad you enjoyed it, and I made the picture smaller.

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      Mia Taylor 

      7 years ago from Euless, TX, USA

      If you don't mind some constructive criticism, maybe make the picture smaller? I almost didn't read this hub, though after reading it it is really insightful!


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