Back in December, in the post, What Payment Methods to Expect//Accept from Clients & How/When to Raise Rates without Losing Clients, a freelancer wrote in to ask me “Is it common practice that very large marketing firms do not use Paypal?”
After I wrote that post, I left a note to myself to do this follow-up post on how to determine if a client will pay. So, here goes . . .
I’ve been a freelance writer since 1993. And, I’ve never gotten burned on a writing job – ever. While some of this is luck, a lot of it is because I assess clients before I ever accept projects from them, using the guidelines below.
Note: While these guidelines are not infallible, they will go a long way towards helping you to know when to turn down a client, and when you might be getting a freelance writing scam run on you.
Did They Approach You or Did You Approach Them?
This matters because lots of times, scammers who have no intention of paying freelance writers reach out to a lot of freelancers, hoping to hook one. And, they invariably do. I wrote a few articles in last week’s Article Marketing Bootcamp on freelance writing scams.
In my research, I was unpleasantly surprised by how many freelancers seem to be taken advantage of by unscrupulous content thieves. So if someone contacts you out of the blue and won’t explain how they heard about you, especially if you haven’t been marketing a lot, be wary.
Lots of times, prospects who have no intention of paying find the contact info of freelancers via their website/blog and/or social media account. Then, they’ll contact you with offers of a large and/or ongoing “article writing job, blogging job and/or web content writing job.”
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