how do you deal with cheaters? I responded to one ad. The guy told me to write a test article and said he would give me bigger projects if I passed the test.
How do you make sure that people are not going to cheat you? I do not want to spend 2 weeks to do the project and be cheated again!I have already been cheated a couple of times. for someone like me who is straightforward, it makes me hopping mad!
Una, in comments, who blogs at http://www.everydaylifeproblems.blogspot.com/
I’m sorry you didn’t get paid. It happens. I wish I knew how to stop it, but all I can do is try to inform freelance writers how to protect themselves.
Rarely should you ever write for free.
In my opinion every “employer” who wants a writer to do a “test” article is a scammer. Chances are if you ran Copyscape or some similar service that checks for duplicate web copy you’d find your article has been used even though you didn’t get paid. And it may have been changed just enough so it’s next to impossible to tell for sure. Besides, even if it’s 100% what you submitted, the chances of ever collecting what I suspect was a small fee is hardly worth the effort.
The answer is don’t do test articles, period.
You can submit a link to articles you’ve already published and to your list of writing credits, and move on. (One reason I believe every writer should have their own website or blog.) If, by some chance, the ad is legit the company may contact you and commission an article.
As your writing skill improves and you develop some credits and begin to move up to better paying clients you can begin to ask for a deposit, even as much as half the fee, up front. You’ll be setting your own rates by then and asking for money up front is the truly professional thing to do.
The reason these schemes work is because people continue to fall for the scam. If all freelance writers truly valued themselves and just refused to even apply for this kind of gig there would be fewer cheats.
On my part I’ll work harder to eliminate scams from the job postings, although I can’t afford to take time to apply myself. So if you find one of the ads here leads to a request for a ‘test’ article or something similar, ask for a deposit and post your experience in comments.
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