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Beware of these Common Spams While Working as a Freelance Writer

Updated on November 2, 2016

Working as a Freelance Writer has become quite trendy now. Nearly 8 out of 10 people are fond of working as a freelancer. There is no doubt that working as a freelancer gives us better and flexible life style as well as it comes with great relaxation of working at home in a comfortable environment. But we must not forget that with such an advantage, there is an enormous possibility of getting caught in spammy tricks by clients who pretend to be trustworthy, but are actually not.

Here is a list of the most common spams in which we may get caught if overlooked by us. Let us have a look:


1. Vanilla Scam

  • One of the most common way of misusing freelancers' talent.
  • Client maintains good communication with the freelancer when the work is in progress.
  • After the work completion, freelancer submits their work along with the invoice.
  • But client turns down the communication and never shows up again.
  • The best solution to escape from this spam is to apply for job online only via freelancing sites like Upwork and many others similar to the former.
  • Upwork is one of the most secure freelancing sites as it does not let the clients hire freelancers till the time the clients in need have added their payment details.
  • Clients with added payment details are shown as verified along with their job posts, which makes it easier for us to choose the most trustworthy among them.


2. Futile Rewrite Loop

  • It is quite a smart and cunning way of letting the freelancers quit the job from their side, while they have already submitted their work to the client.
  • Many clients promise to pay huge impressive amount after the work completion, but that never happens because their continuously changing demands lower down the freelancers' zest to work more and they ultimately quit.
  • The freelancers are forced to believe that it is because of their careless and imperfect work that they are not paid.
  • Despite of submitting acceptable work, client forces freelance writers to rewrite and fix the problems and submit again.
  • The freelancers fall into the useless rewrite loop and finally quit without getting paid or receiving less payment.
  • The best way is to work only for the verified clients. Moreover, if the work is received via direct contact, then it is better to ask for little advance and have the complete terms mentioned in black and white with proper client's signature on it.


3. Derivative Work

  • Such kind of spams are meant to degrade freelancers' talent by calling their work poor and later on using the same work for a website.
  • In this, clients refuse to pay the freelancers, often mentioning their work to be of low quality and not worthy of getting published.
  • On the other hand, after some time, the same work seems to be flourishing on the clients' website. The content may not look like the original work, but a slight modification of it.
  • What actually happens is that the client refuses to pay for the original work and indeed pay someone else to do rewrite of the same work at a lesser cost.
  • If there is any chance, that some one is becoming a victim of this spam and similarly the client refuses to pay the money, then it is better and smarter to publish the original work on other site such that if, in any case, client displays the work on their site, it will be a duplicate and may fall into the copyright infringement issue.


4. Unnotified Modified Terms

  • This category is less of a spam and more of a lack of awareness of complete terms and signed contract.
  • Jobs that do not have stable terms and conditions and are subject to change without any prior notice must not be accepted by any freelancer.
  • There are pretty huge chances that the client may modify the terms without notifying the freelancers.
  • Ultimately, freelancers may fall into some serious issues and have to accept lesser payment than expected.


5. Unknown Payment Procedure

  • The last spam, though rare, may result into the misuse of freelancers' bank accounts, if the payment procedure is not made transparent at the initial step.
  • Such problem has the higher chance of occurring with those freelancers who serve international clients.
  • After work completion, the client promises to pay for the work but through an obscure and unknown payment source, which the freelancer has never heard of them, but is native to the client.
  • If not understood initially and freelancer submits the bank details to client, then it may breach their financial security and if freelancer refuses to submit details, then the client has open chance to blame the freelancer for not receiving payment.
  • The best method to receive payment is via sites like Paypal, Payoneer and other similar secure sites.
  • While signing the contract, it is a must to set the payment source, beforehand, known to both the parties to prevent any such frustrating complications.


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