Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Avoiding scams, part of Freelancing Fundamentals.
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Sad to say, some freelancing opportunities won't be opportunities at all.…They'll be scams designed to steal your time, money, or reputation.…I can't give a canonical list of scams floating around out there because the…criminal nature is to develop new techniques as people get wise to the old ones.…But here are some warning signs the prospective job just isn't worth taking.…The first kind of scam is one that makes the rounds a lot.…You get offered a job but with a non-specific amount of pay.…For example, let's say they offer you a share of profits.…
Well, how will you know how much their profits are?…Are their books publically audited?…Probably not, which means they could offer you any amount or nothing at all, and…you'd have no real recourse.…Tied to that one, is the offer to pay you in something other than money, most…often in the company's products.…Now that's great if you really want their products and they're being offered to…you at a higher rate than cash would otherwise buy.…But here again, the control is mostly in their hands.…
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- What is freelancing?
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- Getting licenses, permits, and insurance
- Setting prices
- Finding work through agencies
- Getting referrals
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