We’ve all been there. Aspiring writers come near and far with the hopes of finding themselves a quick, high-paying gig that is relatively easy – but with increases in the circuit and Freelancers being reduced to anyone with a keyboard and an opinion, Job Boards and Gig Requests are often flooded with tens of hundreds of applicants: and many among those are unaware of the potential scams.
- The Vanishing Artist. As I like to call them, a potential client that at first seems genuine, is willing to negotiate price and outline exactly what they need done. It’s all well and right, that is until you finally manage to give this person their requested article/piece… and they mysteriously disappear, the email they used is no longer reachable.
Advice: All Freelancer Writers should be weary of these scammers, your piece is likely to just appear on their website under some pen name you’ve never heard of. I make a habit to solidify the credibility of any gigs I receive, namely first and foremost doing a thorough search on whatever I’m covering and the company, or person(s) I am covering for. This helped me weed out several of these vanishers.
- The Bargainer. This person seems less interested in getting their content, and more interested in trying to negotiate the price to 0.001 cents per word. I’ve established a pay-rate before and mid-way through creating the content, they demanded I lower in a ridiculous amount. The nerve!
Advice: These people are unavoidable. You will encounter them no matter the lengths you go to, and my advice is to stand your ground. It’s your content, you previously established the pay (assuming you did), and you deserve to get paid that amount. They can always find someone else to argue with, and if you only lost an hour or two on the article, it’s no big deal. To us writers, that time comes and goes like breathing.
- The Ehhh Guy Sometimes, I wonder if people truly know what they want. Let’s be real, if you know your content is good, your knowledge on the subject is pin-point and everything else is bread and butter – who are they to tell you it isn’t up to par? These people, while reviewing your content, won’t simply offer suggestions or methods to help guide the message: they’ll just say it isn’t what they wanted. Now, I’ve only had this happen twice, but the nerve of it was absurdly irritating. I put my heart and soul into writing about something I love (and am fairly versed in) and they told me it was wrong.
Advice: Don’t lose your footing. There’s a big difference between a client requesting you make changes, and a client just being arrogant and rude. If this happens, double check your content, triple check and if everything is A-OK, carry on your way: you deserve better.
As a Freelance Writer, you have to deal with a variety of clients, for a variety of niches and still manage to come out on top. You have endless competition, and the last thing you need is someone cheating you out of your time and money.
Unfortunately, weeding through these individuals is the name of the game. It takes a hundred terrible clients to find five good ones that change everything.
They’ll be the ones to help everything go smooth.