So, we're chatting below about freelance writing job scams that we've come across, and I'm seeing a couple of patterns. One name that keeps coming up is Craigslist. For those who don't know, Craigslist generally functions as a semi-free classified ad site. I've used it successfully for several personal reasons, such as buying used exercise equipment, or advertising classes that I'm teaching in my community.
Now, I've also used it to find freelance writing jobs. I went through my old freelance writing spreadsheet, trying to glean which jobs have come from Craigslist, and this is what I recall:
- A book review for a start up magazine (about $250)
- Proofreading a longish business proposal for an established company (about $200)
- Complete rewriting of a study aid for the bar exam ($450)
So, you can see that there are some legit freelance writing gigs on Craigslist. But, there's obviously some scams, too. Just keep an eye out for the signs of freelance writing job scams, and you'll be ok. Please let your fellow writers know if you've got LEGIT jobs from Craigslist- leave a comment.