I received quite a few emails last week warning me not to do this, but I went ahead and signed up at GoFreelance.com anyway. Will I ever learn? No, probably not. Here’s what I found out…
Don’t Sign Up for GoFreelance
GoFreelance is spamming up inboxes left and right claiming you can make a ridiculous amount of money for doing simple tasks like data entry, writing articles, and even watching YouTube videos. Yes, YouTube videos. In fact, here’s a paragraph I’ve pulled directly off of their site.
Get Paid To Watch You Tube Videos ($225.00 per day)
A fast-growing social media company is looking for freelancers to work from home reviewing video content. You will be required to watch and comment on videos produced by the company, providing feedback to help the company fine tune and enhance its online video marketing. Regular work is available for people able to make useful and helpful comments. You must be able to work from your own home, and have regular access to the Internet.
Click here to apply for this job
Now I watch a TON of YouTube videos. Way more than anyone should ever watch. If anyone is qualified to watch YouTube videos and get paid for it, it’s definitely me. The ad states that regular, PAYING work is available for those to watch YouTube videos and leave comments on them. They even say to click here to apply for the job.
Before you can apply for the job, you have to sign up to become a member. It costs $1 per day for the first 7 days, and then $49.95 every 30 days after that. I sent in my dollar, created my account, and logged in.
The first thing I’ve noticed is how poorly this site is laid out. There is zero organization. You can browse all jobs (and there are updated job listings), but that just gives you the title of the job and the description. You can not sort jobs by wage, date posted, name, or anything for that matter. It’s just a giant mess of text and links.
As for the jobs themselves, they are garbage.
If you joined because you were looking to make hundreds of dollars per day doing easy work, forget about it. There were a few job listings for “data entry clerks” but the one offered to pay $40 per week and you have to live in India and there were a couple others that were just ads to sucker you into losing money to a data entry scam. There are some job listings that actually look legitimate, but if you aren’t an experienced graphic designer or a web developer, you probably don’t qualify.
I actually did find the “Get Paid to Watch YouTube” job ad. A guy named Bob Perry was hiring for this position. Coincidentally, he had another ad posted saying he wanted to pay someone $3000 per week to post comments on Facebook. I applied for both jobs to see if I could get more information out of this guy, but the site said I had to wait 30 days for the job posting to expire before I would hear back from him on whether or not I got the job.
Yea, I’m not waiting.
I’m assuming “Bob Perry” is just a fake account used by the owners of GoFreelance to trick you into thinking that there are jobs that pay $3,000 a week to leave comments on Facebook and Youtube. Here’s a hint: there aren’t and I’m not sticking around to find out if I got the job. I’m cancelling my membership right now.
How to Cancel Your GoFreelance Membership
The one redeeming aspect of the site is that your subscription is handled through Paypal. This means that you can log in any time and delete your subscription to prevent these guys from taking any more money. Paypal is even nice enough to send you the details on how to do it after you signup.
If you would like to cancel this subscription, log in to your PayPal account and go to the “History” subtab of the “My Account” tab. Choose “Subscriptions” from the pull-down “Show” menu and press the “Submit” button. Choose this subscription, and click on its “Details” link. You will be taken to a Transaction Details page from which you may cancel your subscription. Cancelling your subscription will immediately stop all future scheduled payments for this subscription.
Finally, there’s no such thing as an “easy $2,750 per week.”
Don’t let someone trick you into believing you can make over $100,000 per year by doing simple, easy-to-do tasks. If it was that easy to make that much money, then why isn’t everyone staying at home and becoming a millionaire just by watching YouTube? Just use a bit of common sense when you’re looking for online jobs and you’ll survive just fine.