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5 Ways a Freelancer can avoid being Scammed

Scamming is one among the many problems that the world is facing today. And with internet delving deep into our lives the problem seems unending; everyday scammers cheat people across the globe by lucrative emails, offers and ads. Nowadays, no online platform is free from scammers. When we discuss about world’s leading freelance portals, their also exists scammers – however in less percentage than other platforms. Encouragingly, there are many ways by which freelancers can avoid falling in the traps of scammers. Here are some tips:-

Read carefully about the project description: Every client has to put project description – without this they can’t get the work done in the first place – but scammers write in a very different and captivating way. They work on ‘greed’ concept. They deliberately mention keywords like become rich in a week, double your income in 2 weeks by watching ads online etc. These words, most of the times, lead to deception. If you fall prey to them, they will disappear with your work with no payments in your hand. While on the other side, good clients looking to hire quality freelancers will always mention clearly about the work they need and their payment terms. Thus, it is advisable to read thoroughly before applying for the project. If you find anything suspicious about a client’s demand, raise an alarm.

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Search about the client’s profile: On many freelance marketplaces, there aren’t enough details about clients – at times portals don’t have sufficient detail columns or clients don’t prefer to put their details. However, a good client will always show its website or other links. So, go through that website, also check on social sites for its presence and reviews given by others. Also check what other freelancers are saying about that client on the same portal. And never trust clients who maintain blank profiles. Service buyers should have valid and verified payment methods.

Say No to Free Samples: Scammers ask for sample work from the applying candidates. Demanding free work samples is prohibited at many platforms. If they persist, then they need to pay. So, don’t go on submitting samples to each client. If you are a newcomer, focus on building a portfolio instead of working free for many clients.

Know the Payment System: As a cardinal rule you should get paid by marketplace platforms rather than by the clients directly. Mostly, good platforms have escrow system for payments. This way the work gets paid rightly and timely. If a platform doesn’t have payment methods in place, avoid it. Not getting paid after the acceptance of work is not only annoying but also discouraging.

Share your Experience: If you are thinking of reporting a scam after being cheated by a buyer, then this is your laid-back attitude, which may affect your work from home spirit. Therefore, being cautious at the time of applying makes more sense. So, check for job description, payment terms, and work tenure – if not sounding real then report or talk to the marketplace representatives. They might guide you.  Also spread a word about your experience on freelance websites, it will help others to get a fair deal.

Freelancing is growing every day and thousands of aspirants are becoming freelancers to make their living, but some morally corrupt clients want to get their work done at the expense of others loss. However, if freelancers take some precautionary steps before commencing work, then they can have positive experience. Remember, not all buyers are fraud on freelancing portals.

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