How Can I Find Good Websites with Freelance Writer Jobs

Being a freelance writer comes with all sorts of perks: you can make your own hours, work in your pajamas, and charge what you feel you deserve for different projects. Being your own boss is a breath of fresh air, too! Here are some tips to help you get started with your freelancing career by finding the right freelancing website for you. What are the fees like? Most websites that match freelancers with clients will charge some sort of fee for the service, usually a percentage of the job cost. Compare the different website fees and see which is the lowest; you may not want to go for the lowest price, though, depending on what other features you’re looking for.

  • Do they offer protection against scams? Everyone can get scammed, even the smartest freelancer, so look for a website that offers you some sort of scam protection. Look for a website that has strict rules about payment times and rates, as well as websites that use an escrow system to hold the client’s money until they release it to you. No matter what website you choose, never accept payment from a client from an unsecured payment system.
  • How long will it take to get paid? Most freelance websites have multiple pay-out options including direct deposit, Paypal, or mailing you a check. Make sure that the website you choose will give you an easy, fast way to access your money. Paypal or direct deposit tend to be the fastest ways; it may take three or more business days
  • Is the platform easy to use? It may seem like it’s not that big a deal, but having a user-friendly platform for your freelancing can really make all the difference. You want to be sure that whatever website you use is easy to understand so you can easily access your current jobs, communicate with your clients, upload files, and perform other basic tasks without having to jump through hoops or look at the help page. If you’ve done a great job on a project, there are few things more frustrating than not being able to easily get it to the client! Make sure that the website you choose is user-friendly.
  • Do they offer any support options? Does the website offer customer service for both you and the client, and do they have live support? You may find yourself having technical difficulties at some point, or find yourself dealing with a client that wants to take you for a ride. It’s important that the website you choose offers you support options to help you troubleshoot and deal with clients, so you don’t have to go it alone.
 
 

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