Content writers are prone to get duped easily by unscrupulous agencies or individuals – particularly, struggling freshers are soft targets. I have had my fair share of experience in this regard, most of the times I have not been paid for written content. The clients either put up the most annoying excuses or worse, totally went out of the radar.
Being subjected to some gruelling 5-6 step selection processes with loads of sample tests from some reputed organizations and never hearing back from them really broke my heart. They didn’t even show the decency to send a feedback mail after assumed rejection, despite my repeated attempts to contact them.
Then there comes the dubious clients/agencies springing up like toxic fungi within any content writer’s network, luring them with lucrative offers – just a “small” sample test away.
I have wasted enough of my time and invested night long efforts ignoring my health – all for that extra freelance income, only to be left cheated in the end.
What led me to finally write this article is that a few days ago I received a similar freelance offer via LinkedIn. After doing a background check (scanning the client’s LinkedIn profile and discovering nothing out of the ordinary) – I decided to make a dive. He gave me a small sample test which was apparently paraphrasing an article.
Without being appalled by its extremely poor grammatical quality and obnoxious spelling errors, I took my time out to rewrite it.
Grammar has always been one of my strong points. Yet, I always make sure to get my articles thoroughly checked by Grammarly. I did the same for this one as well. Here is a screen grab of the Grammarly report.
3 days later I receive a response from him. Here’s an excerpt from the mail.
“Due to multiple issues of faulty grammar and quality of rewriting, I am unable to take your candidature forward.”
Needless to mention, I have once again been deceived. He has got his article written, but he has cleverly (?) avoided paying me. So, fellow writers, especially freshers, please beware.
Have you ever faced such cheating at the beginning of your writing careers? Share your own experience in the comments.