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    Freelance writing

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Northern Phil, Sep 8, 2010.

    In my continued efforts to get back into work I have been trying everything to look for and apply for jobs. On one of my searches I came across a freelancer site. They had several postings where people were looking for writers to write reviews, blogs and stuff like that.

    After having a little look at a few of these sites I signed up for free, but in order to apply for the jobs I would have to pay a monthly fee and even then there is no guarantee that I would get the job or produce material to the customers standard.

    Monthly membership costs about $25 so before I shell out that much money I thought I'd come here and ask if any one has any experience of using a site like this or has heard anything about them.
     
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    Wouldn't there be a way to apply for the job without going through that site?
    I'd be a bit leary about having to pay money to work.

    I could understand more if perhaps they worked like an agent and took a small percentage of your payment since you got the job through them.
     
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    S-C-A-M!!
    Legitimate Jobs are Jobs that pay you--Clubs sell memberships!.

    Only Politicians have the right to peddle jobs for kickbacks!.
    Oh-yes, I know they call them "favors" for campaign "Contributors".
    The "Gift" that keeps on "Giving!".
     
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    Can't you try looking for local writing projects? What kind of writing do you want to do?

    I am a freelance writer, and I help local businesses with things like newsletters and reports.
     
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    I wouldn't do it. You shouldn't be paying them. Sounds like they just want to rip you off.
     
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    those listing sites are a total waste of money and worse...

    there's no easy way to get freelance writing jobs... you have to 'go out' and find them:

    check out your local periodicals and see if they'll take you on as a stringer; submit articles/reviews/personality and business profiles to them...

    advertise your writing services anywhere you can...

    look for websites on subjects you can write about and see which ones clearly need a good content writer...

    and so on..............
     
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    Any 'job' that requires a monthly fee is no job, it's a scam... Even if you did get hired a few times, how would you even guarantee a job every month, or even a yearly paycheck of over $300 for freelance?

    You'd be much better off putting in legwork and pimping yourself out locally. Dont join a membership thing... those things are like viruses. People join, pay, realize it's worthless, and leave. But they get $25 each time no matter what, and will keep spreading and spreading to new writers while the deceived ones have left.
     
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    Thanks for all you responses, it seemed almost to good to be true.

    I'll keep looking and hopefully I'll find something good.
     

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