Freelancing Community, Or How I Learned My Lesson The Hard Way

Freelancing

 

 

I had the weirdest idea in the Universe, to get involved in the Freelancing community and to do some work, as a writer.

Including all the other varieties as a Content writer, Copy-writer, Ghostwriter, you name it, I did it.

Some sites I have floated through are a complete scam, some are worthy of mentioning, and some had left me with back ache from sitting for hours in front of the computer screen and writing and writing..with no results or paid money as well.

Of course, I have done a lot of writing jobs.

The experience had been great with some people I have met as employers, and they are such wonderful persons that I would likely go out and have some coffee with them and chat like friends.

But, there are examples of complete human …no human, excuse me, animal behaviour there, also.

Blackmailing, scammers, frauds, a list incomplete because I cannot find the words how to describe those non-human non-ethic and non-professional entities.

At some moments I felt like a trapped animal with no way out.

And after a long negotiations, harsh words used as well, from both sides, I closed the page with the question mark above my head and feeling little, naive and stupid to the bone.

Fraud again.

Eleven hours of the full work wasted, no money paid, and feedback that this entity provided on my work ruined my reputation right to the botttom!

And all of that happened, because I just refused to be treated like a slave!

There you go Freelancing community!

If you are trying to be a writer-freelancer, never ever think about anyone except of yourself, no matter what they offer or if they even blackmail you.

Keep your dignity, stand for yourself and fight back if necessary!

I learned it in a very hard way, but at least I’ve learned my lesson well.

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12 thoughts on “Freelancing Community, Or How I Learned My Lesson The Hard Way

  1. andy1076 June 30, 2014 / 11:20 PM

    A harsh lesson to learn too, from what I gather here :O

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    • Tina The Mess July 1, 2014 / 12:17 AM

      You have no idea!

      I was supposed to get paid, but I wasn’t.

      Not once, but several times.

      I do not want to say which freelancing page it is, but in the community is really popular.

      Fake, fake, fake!

      My mistake. 😦

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  2. era.b July 4, 2014 / 4:08 PM

    Aw man, that sucks. I’m a writer/journalism major and I worry about this exact thing happening to me. Freelancing SOUNDS great but I’m sure it can be so tough too. In a perfect world, everyone would be professional and ethical. After all, writers provide a valuable service and all we ask is to be compensated in return. The nerve of some people…

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  3. Tina The Mess July 4, 2014 / 6:48 PM

    Hi Era….

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this topic!

    Its very painful for me to even think about that time when I worked as a freelancer.

    My first problem was that I am not a native English speaker, so I had to show the best of me, to secure and validate my work.

    Once I had accomplished that, and it was not that not easy, because, job offerers would always prefer a native English speaker, the problems with the payment arise.

    I can only say that the honest job providers I have met were from USA, Canada and United Kingdom.

    Everything else is undercover scam. Ok, guys do not go now harsh on me, I’m just speaking from my experience that I had through the two years.

    I wish you a better luck, Era.

    And before you start freelancing, Google some advices about pages and what each of them offers to you as a freelancer.
    Also, read the comments about scams and always secure yourself and your work.

    Tina. 🙂

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  4. theodotdoron July 5, 2014 / 9:29 PM

    hi, ive had some awful experiences with freelancing as well. there was just no way of even negotiating. very frustrating and paralysing experience. shame, but leaves more time to work on personal writing, i suppose.

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    • Tina The Mess July 5, 2014 / 9:37 PM

      Hi, nice to see your comment on this topic.

      I agree with you, no negotiations possible, fixed prices too low for the amount of the job.

      I have earned a solid amount of money from my point of view, but it was too little comparing with the time I used and the work I have done. Just not worth it.

      And yes, it leaves more time for your own personal work.

      I’m not going into it anymore. 🙂

      Thanks again!

      Tina.

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