Finding Work, Avoiding Scammers And Getting Paid On Time
The work-at-home industry is quickly growing and a lot of people are making a decent living out of it while enjoying working from their houses.
This has even lured those with day-time-jobs to contemplate quitting their jobs and try this industry.
You can have a nice working experience if you get trustworthy and ethical people who are willing to do business with you in a transparent manner but this is not always the scenario.
Because of this, many people are concerned about meeting scammers in their work among other concerns like need for prompt payments. For those who are new into this industry,
here are some of the techniques to use in order to avoid being screwed.
i. Demand for references:
This should be the prerequisite to accepting or signing a new project. You should ask to know who was hired before you or seek to know the company they might have worked with initially.
With this information at hand, you will be able to contact those people and clear any doubts lingering in your mind by politely asking what was their experience with the one you are about to work with.
ii. Conduct a thorough before hiring or taking up a contract:
Both the contract owner and contractors are supposed to search for more information regarding each other in order to have more insight pertaining past work experience and where/ whom you worked for before you were hired.
Contractors should do the same to know who they are trusting with their services.
iii. Try finding other information concerning your next contractor or client on major social media or business networks.
iv. Your conversations and exchange of information through different communication channels including phone conversations must be kept track of.
This also comprises emails, contracts and letters.
v. Be keen enough on everything concerning your contract:
You should watch out for any signs that may portray your clients as untrustworthy.
Be keen on every aspect of the contract and get every explanations offered. Seek clarification where you are not satisfied.
If he/she wants to show signs of threatening to underpay you because of unknown reasons, be warned.
Do not argue but in a cool and with exercise of wisdom make your case of not to going for anything less than the agreed budget.
vi. Give each contract the seriousness it requires:
There are contracts that will require you to have a written agreement before starting utilizing your resources on them.
If you are given a contract worthy hundreds or even thousand of dollars, insist to have a formal agreement but the other low-prized contract, an agreement can be arrived through emails.
Just sign a deal after you have read all that it contains because you will be bound by the signed agreement.
Where to get work/Gig?
If you are new to freelancing, you may be having a very small contact list hence need other places to try your luck.
One thing which you must be aware of is that, some of these sites demand paid membership.
Established freelancers already have an established client base with regular projects from people who know them by their skills, skills and budget.
They do not spend time looking for jobs but they are ever occupied with a lot in their schedules.
The best way to get more jobs is to make your friends, family and acquaintances aware of your website or blog and let them know that you are in need of work.
This will enable them refer people who may be interested in your services to you.