3 Ways to Recognize a Freelancing Scam

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We’ve all seen them. They’re the people who claim you can make $3,000 this week if you just follow one secret step. Isn’t that convenient? Isn’t it amazing how you only have to pay $25 to learn enough to set your finances straight in less than 24 hours?

Stop.

There is absolutely no way that the offer being made to you is true, and it very well may be a pyramid scheme. Of course, there are some freelancing opportunities that you pay for, especially if you join a multi-level marketing campaign, like working for Avon or Younique. However, there are plenty of freelancing scams out there that you need to know how to identify.

Never pay to start working unless the business is registered with the Better Business Bureau

It should go without saying that the point of working is to make money. Why would you pay someone to let you start working? Unless you’re receiving products, like in the case of Avon or other MLM businesses, never pay to start working. You should not have to pay for “tips” or “tricks” to start freelancing.

If it seems too good to be true, it is. 

It’s easy to believe that everyone else was wrong and that an opportunity is made just for you. It’s easy to believe that is has been dropped in your lap to help you or your family get out of debt fast. The truth is that freelancing, no matter what you do, is hard work. Whether you’re writing a blog or working with kids online, you won’t start off making thousands a day or week. It’s perfectly feasible to make a living wage, though. Don’t buy into claims that you can be a millionaire in a month, because they’re simply false.

NEVER give out your personal credit card information to a “client”

In the 7 years I’ve worked as a freelancer, I’ve never given out my personal credit card information to a client. I have used it to purchase products from Younique to work as a makeup artist, and I’ve used it to join other MLM campaigns, but I would never give it directly to someone who says they need it for my account.

I recently read a story about a woman who actually had to ask if it was weird that someone hiring her wanted to know her credit balance, the number, expiration date, and security code. ARE YOU KIDDING? Don’t fall into this trap! It’s simply common sense.

If you ever have a question about the legitimacy of a company or the person looking to hire you or sell you a product, do your research. Check the Better Business Bureau and look for reviews. It will save you the pain of spending money for nothing in return and may even prevent identity theft and fraud.

What are some of the worst scams you’ve seen? Leave them in the comments below!

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