How To Spot Red Flags In Freelance Ads (Podcast)

A lot of freelance job ads are a cover for a bunch-a-bull. Here's how to spot them and avoid wasting your time.

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Often freelance ads have clues suggesting you should keep it moving. (Image by: Jiarong ~ IG @visionmonkeyandy)

A lot of freelancers rely on job ads to find work. But it can get frustrating for numerous reasons that range from finding you’ve pursued a non-paying gig to not getting any responses to your applications at all.

Over time, you start developing an eye for the red flags in freelance ads, which can save you a lot of time and effort.

Here’s an example:

An example of glaring red flags in a freelance job ad

 

Fortunately,  you don’t have to solely rely on experience or trial-and-error. Learn to spot the red flags in freelance ads in this episode of the KnowGood Podcast.

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  1. 1
    brittshedhappens

    I am a freelance writer and I can’t love this enough! I actually saw a job posting today that offered a REALLY (insultingly) low rate, included the phrase ‘we want someone humble’ (cough, cough, you mean willing to accept your horrible pay level) and then went on to itemize a list of things that was more reflective of a role for an experience writer vs a new writer while including the phrase ‘and additional tasks as required’ in the job description making it clear that they are not at all opposed to scope creep. It was red flags across the board!

    • 2
      Miche

      You and me have the same interpretation of “someone humble…” A lot of people really think they can come up with clever wording to convince freelancers to work for dirt rates as if we’re all slow.

      Thank you for sharing this example and thank you for the love!

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