writing scams

11 Urgent Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Writing Coach

Earn More: How to Choose a Writing Coach. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you ever wondered whether you could achieve your freelance dreams a lot faster if you hired a writing coach?

Spoiler: You definitely could. I know because I’ve been coaching freelance writers for about 5 years now.

But.

There are a ton of people on the interwebs today, offering to coach you to freelance success. How do you know if a particular coach could help you, or if you’d be wasting your money?

Remember, there is no official freelance-writing coach school. Anybody can hang out a shingle.

Since a key part of my mission is helping writers avoid ripoffs and scams, I offer this guide to vetting a writing coach. It’s derived from my experiences on both sides of the table, as I’m not just a coach myself but have also productively invested about $20,000+ hiring coaches during my career.

Yes, I know this list means you may ask me tougher questions before you hire me as a coach. I say: Bring it on.

What do you need to know before you hire a writing coach? Here are 11 key question to ask:

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Writing Advice That Works: The Top 10 Posts of 2018

Top 10 Writing Advice Posts of 2018. Makealivingwriting.com

Well, this is it — the year is drawing to a close. It’s time to compile the best snack-pack for you of useful writing advice for earning real money as a freelance writer. These are your picks, reader — it’s our annual list of the most popular new posts published all year, here on the blog.

One of those popular posts is the Freelance Writing Forecast for 2018 — always great to check year-end and see how the experts did predicting emerging trends and spotting opportunities. Still good writing advice here — and stay tuned for the 2019 forecast, comin’ at ya in January.

This year, I’m doing things a little differently for this top-10 list. Now that we’ve passed 1,000 posts, some classic best-of posts have been republished this year. And if you loved them, I’ve included them here.

As well as spotlighting the most popular new posts of the year, I’ve also included links to our best related content on the topic. Enjoy!

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Freelance Writing Scam: Beware of This Offer to Make Money From Home

Scam Alert: Make Money From Home Offer for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to make money from home as a freelance writer?

That the goal, right? Work in your pajamas. Be your own boss. Make your own schedule.

Being a freelance writer is a great career and lifestyle, but it’s also hard work. And scammers know it.

If you’ve got a writer website or social presence as a freelance writer, prospects aren’t the only people checking you out. Scammers are sifting through the same information in search of writers who are looking for work.

You might think you’re too savvy to fall for the cash-this-fake-check and bankwire-transfer scam, but at least one scammer has developed a clever way to lure writers in with big promises, drain bank accounts and disappear.

Think it couldn’t happen to you? Don’t be too sure. I thought I was pretty immune to “make money from home” scams, but I almost fell for this one. Here’s what happened:

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Master Writing Jobs Exposed–Learn How to Spot Writing Scams

Learn to spot writing scams. Makealivingwriting.com

How do you know if an online writer platform is legit? Since new sites are born every week — promising ample assignments and fat paychecks for beginning writers! — I can’t do investigations on each and every possible writing scam (though I’ve certainly looked into some that turned out to be outright ripoffs).

I can’t be everywhere. And this blog has other topics to cover, like finding courage to put your writing out there, self-publishing, blogging best practices, and finding great freelance clients. So it’s important to know how to do your own research.

This post takes you through easy, quick steps you can take online to gather information about websites you’re thinking of paying for access to resources, job boards, or publishing opportunities.

I’m going to use a site I learned about recently as an example: Master Writing Jobs (no, I’m not going to link to them in this story and give them a backlink that might drive more traffic to their site. You can Google them if you want.)

I spent perhaps 30 minutes tops, researching this site to see what I could learn. And it wasn’t tough to see they weren’t a good value, even at their current ‘sale’ price of $34 for lifetime access.

If you’d like to avoid writing scams and learn how to verify online offers, read on:

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Bidding on Elance? Beware The Rise of Middleman Writing Scams

Writing scams are cropping up on freelance bidding sites.

Have you ever wondered who you’re really writing for, when you get a gig on a place like Elance?

Recently, my eyes were opened to a racket that’s going on at many of these online platforms, that writers should beware of.

First, there was the situation where I discovered an imposter was posing as me on Elance, hiring writers, and then stiffing them.

But I recently learned this was not a one-off, fluke situation, that one scammer took a bunch of Elance assignments and then subbed the work out to other writers, instead of writing the pieces themselves.

It turns out that middlemen are increasingly common on content mills and bid sites. I learned about this scene when I got an email from a man who said he had a business proposal for me.

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