How to Become a Freelancer

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Work from home, over the internet

A very popular theme worldwide. Sounds terrific – no boss, you decide when and whom you work for and you chose your own rates. Dream job! You surely read or heard about the glories of this type of work.

Is it really so? Is there another side to this coin? Of course, like with any other business.

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As a beginner on some of the freelance sites the first thing you will have to face are the scams and as you progress you will be amazed at the quality of scams out there. A major problem occurs when such sites condone and even help in conducting such scams.

As a beginner, it is probably best to start from freelancer.com as you will find your first job most easily on this site. But beware, as this site is particularly creative when it comes to helping out scammers. Don’t ask me why they do it, I ask that myself every day. I just know, as a fact, that they do it.

Most common scams on freelancer.com

    1. captcha
    2. reviews
    3. milestone
    4. dispute
    5. project fees
    6. Skrill (moneybookers) scam
    7. recruiter projects

    I will describe these scams in detail in my later posts and expand the list if it proves necessary.

    Be persistent but careful

    I don’t want to make somebody quit freelancing. On the contrary, I want you to join the large freelancer army. I just want to warn you of the dangers before you quit prematurely. What is more important is to create pressure on freelancer.com to stop openly helping scammers. The more of us on the lookout, the better chance of minimizing the damage.

    Where should I start from?

    If you make sure that you are careful, I believe that freelancer.com is a great place to start. The good thing about it is that you can start without any money investment and everything you need provided to you.

    In case you are interested in trying out this I invite you to join as our referral and help both your profile and our own.

    But, be sure to read all the texts regarding scams before you decide to begin and warn everybody you know, who might decide to start freelancing.

    Good luck!

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