While there are many legit writing jobs online, it is a sad reality that there are also many ways that you can get completely ripped off if you choose to find your writing jobs online. Here are some tips that will help you safe-guard yourself and make the most of your precious time!
Find out if the ad still current. Many writing jobs online are posted and accepted very quickly, especially those for blogs. There are, however, also those employers to don’t bother removing their ads.
Consider what kind of sample work the company requests. If you are asked for a sample of writing in the exact same genre and style as the work you will be submitting for payment, be very careful about complying unless you have prior knowledge that the advertiser is a legitimate company. Unfortunately, there are companies that will simply take your writing sample, use it, and never make contact with you again. And there will be not much you can do about it.
Do some research of your own. Make sure that the “professional editor” or “publishing house” has the credentials and contact information that shows it is really legit. If the employer is anonymous, if the email address comes from a free provider (for example, a gmail account), or if YOU are asked for payment in any way, BEWARE! Not all are frauds, but if your client is legit, they will not mind “proving it” to you.
Learn about how the job boards work. You will find that several online writing job boards seem to list only half of the necessary information, and then require you to pay to join their community to get the rest. Sometimes it’s worth it, but many times that same ad can be found elsewhere, and in its entirety. Again, do your homework.