Ever come across a job ad, membership site, or business opportunity for freelance writers when you’re hungry for work?
Click here. Pay now. Limited-time offer. Get exclusive access. You probably already know the buzzwords.
Some of these might be legit opportunities for freelance writers, but many aren’t.
In fact, there’s an entire underworld of scammers out there preying on broke and desperate freelance writers.
Ever been scammed by a client or fell for a get-rich-quick writing opportunity?
It’s a painful experience that can take a toll on your bank account, creative energy, and self-confidence as a freelance writer.
And it doesn’t have to be that way, says Federal Trade Commission Consumer Education Specialist Lisa Lake.
“Nobody can guarantee that you’ll make money,” says Lake. “Promises to make quick and easy money are always lies. Stop whenever someone pressures you to buy. That’s a very strong sign of a scam.”
So what are the top scams targeting freelance writers in 2020? Here’s what to watch for:
As the New Year dawns, are you getting super-serious about living your dream life? Freelance writers, I’m hearing a lot of this lately:
“I’m fed up with earning peanuts… and with being afraid of rejection. Fed up with listening to naysayers who say I can’t make a living as a freelance writer.”
“This is the year I go all-in on freelance writing, and earn a living at it. I’ve got to make it happen!”
Is this you? Or maybe you’re more in this boat:
“The world seems to be falling apart — and so does my personal life. Meanwhile, how can I make a career out of this, despite all the uncertainty? Writing is my dream…”
If you’re serious about claiming the freelance life of your dreams — in the coming year, not someday-maybe — I’ve got help for you.
In my traditional year-end message to my blog readers, I’ve got four big tips that should help you avoid wasted time and achieve your freelance goals.
Scroll down to view the video or take in my ‘show notes’:
A lot of freelance writers have a poverty mentality. I hear a lot of, “I’m just hoping to make a fraction of what I made at my day job. I need to earn enough from my writing income to survive.”
That’s one mindset of some freelance writers. But there’s another way to approach your freelance business.
If you take the attitude that your freelance writing income is unlimited, you can see your income explode.
That’s what happened to Canadian freelance writer Sylvie Tremblay, who recently graduated from my Den 2X Income Accelerator. After a year in the program, which starts with making a mindset shift to believe in yourself, she tripled her writing income, going from subsistence, paycheck-to-paycheck living to having money in the bank, traveling, and feeling financially secure.
Among the highlights of Sylvie’s story that you’ll see in the video: