Freelancing is one of the best business ideas today. Many who have ventured into freelancing have practically built an empire and hired people who, like themselves, are also into freelancing. On the other hand, this is also one of the business ideas with a lot of risks. As a freelancer, you will deal with a lot of faceless people. The chances of getting scammed are high. Getting scammed is one of the mortal fears of freelancers.
However, you can avoid scammers with a few useful ideas. Join only legitimate freelancing sites or agencies. Look around. Are there are a lot of happy freelancers in that place? If the website has been around for many years now, it means this is a legitimate site full of satisfied freelancers. Don’t hesitate to ask other freelancers if they encountered any problems with those employers. Always read reviews and don’t forget to do a little snooping on the background of these companies. Resources are also available to you online.
Payment can also become a problem. Most employers are looking for freelancers with a credit card, bank or paypal account. Make sure you have these accounts to make payments easier. It is probably more ideal to ask for bi monthly payment instead of the usual once a month payment especially during your first few months in the company. In case you encounter a scammer, at least one month is not wasted.
Poor correspondence is also another problem encountered by freelancers. There are employers all around the globe who are not that adept with the English language. If you are dealing with a foreign employer, make sure you clarify projects and work tasks all the time to ensure that you are really on the same page. Ask for their other contact details such as Skype or YM ID so you can contact them if they are not responding through e-mail. You would also want to discuss the things that will happen in case you experience loss of internet connection or power interruptions. These are the common issues experienced by Freelancers. Be cautious and vigilant when dealing with online employers.