When you work from home applying for jobs is something that you simply cannot avoid. However, when you are applying for jobs there are certain “red flags” that you have to be on the lookout for. With all the job opportunities that are available there is no way that all of them can be legit. So, I am going to save you from wasting your time by providing you with the phrases and “hints” that the job is a scam or not worth your time.
“It is really easy”
“It is really easy” is a phrase that potential clients use when they are looking for writers to work for them for an unbelievable price. They will not have the price listed on their job listing and when you contact them most of the time their budget is going to be well below 0.01 a word. So, save yourself the time and the headache from applying to job that state “it is really easy”.
“It will not take much time at all”
“It will not take much time at all” is another phrase that you should run far away from. This is another indicator that the client is going to want to pay a very low rate. They feel as though since the job “will not take much time at all” that they should pay below the standard rate. Applying to a job that includes this phrase is just going to piss you off.
“Please write a sample on the topic of x that is x amount of words”
Job listing that requires you to write a sample on a specific topic with a specific amount of words should be avoided as well. This is because if you are writer more than likely you have articles published on the web under your own name or a portfolio for your potential clients to review. Unless the client is offering to pay you to write the sample stay away! What is going to happen is they are going to use your work for free, without pay, and you are still not going to be hired. If they cannot look at your portfolio or your published work on the web they are not worth the time.
Overall, if a job application seems shaky more than likely it is. Creating application responses takes time and time is money. So, don’t waste your time applying for jobs that are going to be duds. As freelance writers we already have a ton of time we spend that we are not paid for (i.e. marketing, applying to jobs, invoices, etc..) so there is no need to add unneeded things to our list. Besides, the ultimate goal is to make more money, right?
Do you have something that you feel needs to be added to this list? If so, feel free to share in the comments section below.