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Bidding on Elance: Here’s How Easily Freelancers Can Get Screwed

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From my very first blog post back in 2008, I’ve advocated that freelance writers avoid mass bidding sites such as oDesk and Elance.

This past week, I learned in an unexpected way just how easily freelancers can get ripped off doing writing work through impersonal, third-party platforms like Elance.

Because I got ripped off, big time.

Here’s how it happened…

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Your 7 Favorite Posts About Freelance Writing — So Far

Hey, writers! Looking for a little summertime inspiration to get your freelance writing in gear? Well, I noticed that my January roundup of the most popular posts of 2013 was the most popular post I’ve done here on the blog …

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What the Elance-oDesk Merger Means for Freelance Writers

You may have missed it in the holiday crush, but a big deal went down right at the end of the year: oDesk announced it is merging with Elance. Yes, I spend most of my time discouraging writers from hanging …

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Why Freelance Writers Should Stop Bitching About Crappy Pay

By Linda Formichelli I keep reading posts in writing forums where someone will say, “X company wants to pay $15 for a 750-word blog post. Why do they think that’s a good price?” Or “This content mill thinks it can …

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Are You Addicted to the Heroin of Freelancing?

It started innocently enough. “I need a little money, and I want to get a byline,” you might have thought. “I’ll just write a couple articles for this content mill.” The pay was miniscule. But there it was. Your name. …

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