Freelance Writing Jobs:
Fee required to apply, view writing job ads, or acquire resources of any kind such as training materials (which may or may not be included in the job desicription)
Request for an original writing sample about a specific topic and at a specific word count.
Poorly written job ads, which might include excessive grammatical or spelling errors.
No company name or a company name that cannot be verified via a Google search.
A website that leads nowhere or to a parked domain or a site filled with ads.
Compensation ranges that vary significantly. For example, “you could make $10-$10,000 per month.”
Claims of being legit or similar attempts to prove the job is not part of a scam or unsavory effort.
Offers that are too good to be true. If an ad says you can make $5,000 per month for a few hours of work, it’s probably too good to be true.
Phrases like “startup”, “grow with us”, or similar language that might mean the publication is very new. In these cases, you might not get paid or the publication could disappear before you get paid.
Language of any kind that seems questionable or shady. Follow your instincts.