Sometimes, wandering into the world of freelance writing, or working online, in general, can be dangerous, especially if you aren’t prepared for all the things that can go wrong. There are plenty of horror stories everywhere about people being ripped off, doing lots of work for absolutely no money, and never seeing their employer ever again. It can be very difficult. Therefore, here is a list of the things you need to know about content writing work online.
If you have other friends or colleagues who also write online, try to get recommendations off of them about who to ask for work and where to find them. They are an invaluable resource for finding new content writing jobs that are trustworthy and safe. Additionally, it means that you waste less time searching websites that will not bring you any joy. The best jobs will have people raving about them, so it will not be difficult to find someone that you want to work for!
Often on trusted freelance sites, for example, employers are rated by their employees. This really helps newer workers get a handle on what exactly they can expect from a certain client. Reading the reviews - as many as possible - can mean the difference between a steady and trusted job in content writing and getting ripped off and never seeing a penny of what you deserve. If there are not many reviews, try to contact the people who wrote what reviews there are. Alternatively, if you cannot see any reviews, see if you can find someone who currently works for that client and ask them whether they can be trusted.
In freelance writing, sometimes the money can seem just a bit too generous, or the rewards too much. It is worth going into these particular ventures with a little more caution and less optimism. Read the job outline very carefully and make sure to ask plenty of questions. Remember, also, that sometimes the money quoted can be for different things. For instance, some freelance sites, if you are using them, ask for a fee. Does the amount quoted include or exclude that fee? Is it still a reasonable deal after that? If you are unsure, contact the client. If you are still unsure, don’t risk it!
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