If you have to pay a company to be a freelance writer it is a SCAM!

@mommaj (22851)
United States
July 16, 2009 8:24am CST
Most of you who are freelance writers already know if you have to pay to write, it is a scam. I want to warn everyone that "freelance" opportunities are being sent by email that you can sign-up for and pay to become a member. There are many honest writing positions out there that you don't pay them, they pay you. I guess people will do anything to make a buck. But, if you are informed maybe they won't take your money. Be careful of ads in Craigslist for writers. These companies aren't always legitimate.
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
16 Jul 09
There are so many scams around and no matter how often you tell people how to recognize them there are always those that are still hoping to find a means to an end of a quick buck. If you ask me, there's an article in here about why people keep responding to these things even though they have been warned repeatedly.
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@mommaj (22851)
• United States
16 Jul 09
That's so true. It just amazed me when I went onto craigslist. You register for free for more info and then when they send you the email, you go to a website to pay and register. It was totally ridiculous. A lot of cloak and dagger crappp, if you ask me.
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
17 Jul 09
Yeah, and now they have your email address.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
16 Jul 09
These people trade on the desire to become a published writer and the desire to earn money. It's nothing new - it's happened in print publishing for years with 'vanity' publishers. I think the problem some people have is that they don't want to admit they've been conned. They'll perpetuate and justify the scam by claiming that they get something more for their money. Well, they do get something for their money - it's called an overdraft. If you are a talented writer, you will get recognised, but remember it can take months or even years to become an 'overnight success.' If it's worth having, it's worth waiting for.
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@mommaj (22851)
• United States
16 Jul 09
I have had enough "personal" gain writing on the websites that I have found that I am really happy with them. I could only dream of being a "published" writer. I have been recognized in small ways with people taking my work and putting it on blogs and referring to me in little hometown magazines or news letters. That's good enough for me. The websites I use are free and I can't imagine having to pay.