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I Just Lost 400$ on a Freelancing Platform, and I'm Pissed!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by UninvitedSoul, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. UninvitedSoul

    UninvitedSoul Registered Member

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    Well, the thing is that I've been freelancing for more than three years now. I've made lots of money, and I've gained a lot of experience throughout the years; but I just can't keep going on like this.

    Freelancing platforms tend to enslave the workers; they pamper their clients (they're the ones getting the money) and we mostly have no rights. Once a disputed project goes into investigation, you might as well accept whatever the employer is offering, as whomever is in charge will never take into consideration the situation of the hired person.

    I'm done with all this shit; I hate the fees, I hate the employers and I hate writing on crappy subjects over and over again. Online marketing is not going well for me so far; what I invest equals exactly what I gain. It's not worth it at the moment.

    I really don't know why I'm writing this, but I just feel like if I don't get something out there, I might trash my laptop and be done with all online endeavours.
     
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    start your own thing/website and free yourself
     
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    DonCPAMentor Junior Member

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    You will always need to abide to the rules of the owner of the website. Nothing anyone can do to change that. Try upwork. They are good with both parties
     
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    Instead of you fulfilling the work you hire someone under you to do the work and you get a cut.

    Easy money.
     
  5. UninvitedSoul

    UninvitedSoul Registered Member

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    I'd like to do that someday, but it's not easy to get clients to trust your website and actually request content through your services. It's easier on platforms as they are assured (through milestones) that their payment is safe; which is not really fair to us writers.

    That's outsourcing. I've done that before; it's not easy, and I always end up doing the job so I may get the full payment. I'm capable of writing, so why not do the job myself, you know?

    20% fees under 500$
    Terrible thing.
     
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    datsunguy Supreme Member

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    why not start a website writing about stuff that interests you? even if its not your main source of income.
     
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    The reality of freelancing sites is that they attract a certain type of client with low budget and unreasonable expectations.

    You can get around that by building a reputation for yourself and your company, having testimonials, reviews and a legit website.
     
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    Open a BST here. Find some good writers and you are good to go.

    Content is always in demand, all the good services are getting overrun with orders.
     
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    Sorry mate. As long as you don't have your own platform such must exist.
     
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    OP,
    How did you lose this money ?
    What work was it you were doing ?

    It's Saturday night, go have a beer or smoke a joint or have a night off and get your head straight.
     
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    I've had similar problems which is why I turned to forums to sell services instead
     
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    I really want to start my own service, but I'm still reluctant to the idea. I'd like to reach a point where I don't need to freelance anymore. I'm trying my best to experiment and invest my time in online marketing, so I may someday stop writing for idiotic clients and focus on a personal blog or something of the sort.

    I started a website a while back with some colleagues; we were more than 5 writers. It wasn't a bad experience to be working on something rather literary with good people, but it brought no revenue and eventually, the enthusiasm subsided.

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    I'm tired of online work, and my real-life C.V has nothing to be proud of.

    I was writing a company profile (Contact us, About us, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, and FAQ).
    I thought the project needed rewriting and simple modifications, but as it progressed, he required way too many revision. I told him that we should discuss my payment, and he seemed reasonable at first, so I continued. It happens, and most of the times they do compensate my efforts; but every now and then I get someone like him that KNOWS the system of freelancing platforms and just pleads to get content for free.

    He disputed the project when I refused to deliver the last remaining item (which was like 20% of the work) so he may update the deposited amount; he claimed that I did not meet his requirements (although he seemed quite satisfied before I started discussing my payment) and that the delivered content is worthless to him. I ended up receiving nothing, even the initial deposited amount, and the fees for the project were deducted from my account all the same!

    I lost money, time and effort.

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    I stopped smoking weed, btw, because I was pretty addicted; I smoked more than 7 joints per day on my own. I'm actually calling some friends to get a buff so I may not lose it tonight. God does not even know how much I needed that money.
    Whatever.
     
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    Sorry to hear that, there's so many scammers who are buyers too. There was a guy on here who ended up being banned through being scammed by people doing chargebacks meaning his Paypal was in negative balance and he couldn't refund people, so he got shitlisted and as per the rules ended up banned.

    It's a sad state the world is in where it's easy to make profit by out and out scamming people.

    You'll bounce back.
     
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    It's okay; I'm a realistic person. I might pass the guy's domain to a hacker friend if he's still in business.
    That's the downside of online transactions.
     
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    OP, if you have been writing for years. I think you have learned a lot already. You can start your own website/freelancing site.
    Why not partner with someone who knows SEO, while you do the writing and then split the profits.
     
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    Take a step back, give yourself a trip somewhere you could breath some clean, fresh air .... and then come back to work. Maybe your luck it's just around the corner, go find it !
     
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    create your own content writing business man