Today’s request comes in from Jillian who has asked us to check out FreelanceHomeWriters.com to find out exactly what it is they are offering. It’s tough out there as a freelance writer. There aren’t enough jobs and there are too many freelancers. I’ve been working with freelance writers for over two years and I can understand their plight. So when a site like FreelanceHomeWriters.com comes along and says you can get paid between $12 and $50 an hour by doing basic freelance writing, of course I’m going to have to look into it.
The actual landing page leaves you with little information. A nice animation pops up claiming that you could be paid up to $50/hour for writing articles or blogging. Seeing as I blog on a daily basis and make nowhere near fifty an hour, I’m a bit interested. I have to give up some information first though. Just my name and my email address, no biggie.
“Congratulations Steve Ivetriedthat!”
Well thank you, Mr. Website. I feel as if I am not congratulated enough on my form filling in skills. Thank you for that boost of self-esteem. Oh, and what’s this? Thousands of smart people are already making $5,000 per week doing easy writing in their spare time? Well hot damn, sign me up. I have plenty of spare time and I consider myself to be a smart person.
“The jobs come to YOU. Work as little or as much as you want!”
Well, my experience tells me there aren’t enough freelance writing jobs available, but this website is telling me that there aren’t enough writers who want to make about $250,000 per year in their spare time. Screw experience. I want to become rich as quickly as possible.
The writing tasks you’ll be doing will be so easy an 8-year-old child could do them…
Okay, now this one struck me as odd. I know a couple of eight year olds and I know damn well they aren’t capable of making $250,000 per year writing articles. Do you have any proof, Mr. Website, that an eight year old CAN do it? I’d like to see that. Forget child labor laws. The kid will be a millionaire by the time he’s 12. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind spending his childhood writing articles. Forget the child. He’ll just make it harder for me to make money. Onwards and upwards!
Get Started Today For JUST only $2.95!
Alright, now you’re starting to scare me, Mr. Website. On the previous page, you were telling me how I was quickly going to become a millionaire and now you want THREE of my hard earned dollars? I’ll conside– what’s that small text off to the side? “Monthly membership is only $47 dollars.” So, first you wanted just $2.95, now I’ll be giving you close to $50? For what exactly, Mr. Website? You have yet to say and that timer is getting dangerously close to 0. Should I give them my credit card and private information? Ah, I just don’t know. On hand, I can become a millionaire rather quickly and well $1,000,000.00 minus $3.00 is still a bit of a nice profit. But how can I be so sure? What is hiding behind this website!?
Well besides fraudulent charges to your credit card and copious amounts of spam, you get nothing worthwhile actually. This website does not have work for you to do. Let me repeat that. FreelanceHomeWriters.com will not pay you to write. Instead, they’ll give you a rather outdated list of freelance writing “companies” then continue to charge you $47 a month until you figure out how to cancel and dispute the charges on your credit card.
Schemes like FreelanceHomeWriters.com are an insult to freelance writers worldwide. They are a detriment to the freelance community. Avoid websites like these at all costs.
If you are interested in becoming a freelance writer, join a free community or job board where you can bid on freelance jobs. Try searching craigslist, ifreelance, or getafreelancer. Hell, start by looking at our Freelance Writing Job Directory. Never, ever pay money upfront to do freelance work. How many times have you started a job in real life by giving your employer $50? That NEVER happens. It doesn’t make sense in real life and it shouldn’t make sense online. Don’t be suckered in by the claims of fast easy money. FreelanceHomeWriters.com is just another work at home scam. It is a scheme developed to suck you dry of as much money as possible. Don’t fall for it!
Finally, here’s an actual email I received about an hour after giving them my name and email address. That’s it.
Dear Mr. Ivetriedthat user,
Recently you requested information to work at home… Based upon your
profile we have hand picked you for this work at home job. Out of
20,000 applications you were 1 of 25 picked for this job.
We would like to congratulate you for making the right decision
in working with us. You have a 48 hour window to claim your
position before we fill it with the next in que.
Freelance Home Writers
Stay away from this garbage.