Apr 102008
 

With the power of the internet, many people who specialize in different fields are able to work from their own home or offices. Whether you’re a writer, web designer, or even a consultant, you can work with someone halfway around the world from the privacy and comfort of your own computer chair! This is extremely convenient for these freelancers, especially if they are only able to pursue their passion when they are not working at their daytime jobs, or taking care of their children. There are some very profitable jobs that they can gain through various ways on the internet. However, there are also scam artists waiting to rip them off.

Due to the nature of a freelancer’s work, normally they will send the completed project through before they receive any payment. For a writer or web designer, this can be devastating, as their work can get used easily without being paid for. While most of the time, the clients and customers are very honest and not likely to forget about payment, there are those few. As with anything, there are the clients and customers who are looking to get something for nothing, or who are just simply trying to scam someone out of something. If you are a freelancer and depend on the payment for the work you do, this can really mess things up for you. Some of these people are criminals already, and are simply trying to take advantage of you in order to make a buck.

If you are worried about this happening, or just want to protect yourself in general, there are things you can do. First of all, try to protect your work in some way so that you will get your payment before the client can use it. This would be similar to watermarking photos. This way, you can be sure that if you do not get paid, the client doesn’t get to use your work either. Then you might be able to sell it to someone else, or at the very least use it for your resume or for a sample.

One thing you can do is check your clients out to see if they have a criminal record. By simply visiting one of the several sites where you can check someone out, you can gain this valuable information. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know your client’s personal information or even his or her real name. All you need is their e-mail address and you will instantly be given information on their name, address, phone number, criminal and civil court records, marriage and death certificates and more. You do not have to be a victim. You can be preventative when it comes to freelancer scams, and you can protect yourself from being taken for an expensive ride! As a freelancer, you are most likely under enough of your own stress, trying to meet deadlines, balance family and work and other things. You don’t need any added stress from a deadbeat who doesn’t want to pay!

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