It seems I am always looking for new work. Why is this, though? For two reasons; One reason is that I believe that you can never have too much-paid work, and two; because I keep getting ripped off, and end up canceling the contract, if there was one, to end the relationship with the client. I try to do as much research as I can on the client or company who has shown interest in my work and wants to hire me. It is a good idea to do this so you don’t get ripped off too. But, sometimes one will slip through the cracks and end up a bad one that will not only rip you off in the end but who will also try to get you into trouble.
I regret one thing over the past 12 years
I have been writing professionally for 12 years, so you would think I would have learned by now.
But, no, I keep falling into the shark's water with a bad client or company and try to remain positive as well as give the client or company the benefit of the doubt. This benefit of the doubt is something I really need to quit giving to these bad clients and/or companies because not everyone deserves me giving them the benefit of the doubt. I have finally realized it with this last one I dealt with.
He promised the sky and everything in it; Usually a red flag right there
He promised $100 per 500-word article and, I know this might sound sad to some more experienced writers who get more than this, but I have never been offered this much for my work before. Not only this, but he promised me I could do no less than 10 per week and I could even do 15 per week. So, of course, I was ecstatic about it. Then, I ended up getting in too deep and he ripped me off in the end. What happened? He ended up hacking into my business bank account with Bank of America and I had to have it frozen. He then sent me a bad check, that I did a mobile deposit with on the BoA app, on my new account that I was forced to open since my more than a three-month-old business bank account, was frozen because of his actions, and it ended up being a bad check. The bad check resulted in not only them charging me a return check fee, but they then closed my new, less than a week old, bank account down permanently. This gave me a bad name with the bank!
Then, tonight, I notice that I was signed out of the LinkedIn Google Chrome extension, and tried to sign back in. When I did get signed in, they told me I had violated the terms of service and my account was out of service temporarily. They then asked me to verify my identity so I did that. But, what did I get in return? The email stating they had made a decision on my account and it was closed for good. Oh, this makes me so mad! And, I think the bad client had something to do with it. I keep thinking that because my account was fine until I went off on him on WhatsApp” earlier today. In fact, my profile on LinkedIn was at the “All-Star” Level. Now, because of something he or someone he knows, who most likely did something on my account, after hacking in, and whatever, they did, now I have to start over with a new LinkedIn if they will even let me. I hope he sleeps well at night for what he did to me!
I got on WhatsApp, to tell him about the bad check he sent me and how I think he is just someone sitting at an Internet cafe, preying on unsuspected and innocent people who are just trying to make an honest living online. He got rather defensive and started cursing me back. I just ignored him altogether and then I blocked him after he continued to harass me on the chatting app.
I know I talked about how you should be careful online and watch out for the bad clients.
Learning From Your Mistakes in Writing: Staying Away From the Bad Clients
Weeding Out the Bad Clients to Get to the Good Ones
But, I really believed this one because I wanted so desperately for it to be true. I wanted it to be true that I was finally going to get paid what I think I am worth. One day, I will though. Right here on this site.
Back to square one
So, now it is back to the drawing board to get something that doesn’t take up way too much of my time, but something that also helps my husband with the monthly bills and something that helps keeps us afloat throughout the month after his check is gone because of the bills. Something that will pay me decent enough, at least until my Medium income starts growing more and more every month.
You have to do what you have to do
I am sick of writing for other people but I do what I have to do to make ends meet for us. I cannot wait until my income from here gets big enough to where I don’t need anything else.
Looking for new work really is part of the job though. You do have to take an hour or two out of your day to apply for whatever it is you can find that you think is good enough. It is so hard to trust anyone online anymore though. The only site I trust entirely now is this one and the only people I now trust online are my fellow writers on here.
Especially those who inspire and teach me to keep doing what I need to do to make a living online.