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Why You Should Avoid Pay-Up-Front Job Listing Sites

You decide to start a business or work for yourself. Immediately thereafter, you realize that you have no idea how you are going to get enough clients to pay your bills every day.

Welcome to the world of working for yourself. It is scary, but millions of people wake up every day and face the same questions; and, face them, they do. You can approach the need for clients as well, and you will often have to pay to get your business in front of them.

I have paid up front for leads from multiple sites and venues. I have also elucidated leads from thin air around me via the hot-sweat inducing practice of cold-calling.

So, why do I tell people to avoid pay-up-front job listing sites?

Avoid Pay-Up-Front Job Listing Sites

First off, let me say what I mean by pay-up-front freelance sites: a pay-up-front site is one that requires you pay them a certain amount of fees before you ever see the leads they will be bringing in. A site that sends you a Black Friday sale saying that they have 8,000 jobs being posted in the next two weeks but you can’t see them unless you pay 6 easy payments of $97 is a pay-up-front site.

Although these sites are often legitimate, anyone who is starting out in this business should never do them.

Why am I so adamant?

Because a newbie is as a newbie does. I think Forrest Gump said something like that…

Free First, Then Pay

There are many great sites that deliver leads to freelancers. These sites have free options to try them out, see potential jobs, and apply. Some, like Bark will require that you pay before you submit the application. Thumbtack used to require that, but now you only pay when someone responds to your application or reaches out to you via your profile.

Other sites I recommend, like Upwork or Freelancer both have a certain number of applications you can do each month for free, but take a certain percentage out of your income when you do land a client. They also have paid subscriptions if you run out of your free applications.

Even though these are often more expensive in the long run, I still recommend that beginning online freelancers start with the free to enter sites.


Because you pay for practice, not for opportunities.

The first time you apply for work, you have no idea what you are looking for.

So you practice. You apply for this, you read that, and you seriously underbid for that.

You get hired doing work that earns you $2 an hour, and it’s not enough.

But, you didn’t pay hundreds of dollars for the lead that landed you this job. So, you don’t try to make the poor client work for you, you walk away.

This is practice. This is worth paying for.

If you have the resources to spend to look for specific leads for a business you understand and have been building, then go ahead, sign up for that job-site that requires you sign up for their business builder’s university first.

If you are just starting out on this freelance journey, don’t pay for sites that don’t let you see the leads first.


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5 Reasons Why I Recommend New Writers Start at BlogMutt

Is Blogmutt A Scam?

Is Blogmutt A Scam?

One of the first things you see when you are researching a new company is the Google suggestions, and most times it is for the simple question: “Is ________ a scam?”

Not only does Google suggest this, but I find that some of my best ranked keywords address that question: Is BlogMutt a scam? Is Mobe a scam?

I would love to say that I think that this is a problem, but there are so many dubious and nefarious sources of income out there, it is difficult to tell the good from the bad.

Although you may not know me from Adam, here are the reasons that I recommend BlogMutt:

Top 5 Reasons I Recommend Writing for BlogMutt

  1. Better Pay – Private writing pays better than Blogmutt, and even some content mills pay better than Blogmutt. But, many of those content mills are not actively seeking writers, and you have to spend significant amounts of time dealing with a dearth of writing, with frustrating editorial rules, and with other quirky systems. At Blogmutt, once you get approved to start writing, the persons you deal with the most will be the customers. I have written for some incredibly picky customers over the years at Blogmutt, but that was by my choice. I needed the income yesterday. Whether you use Blogmutt to plan out vacations or other long budget items or get aggressive and risk rejection by going for short income, a purposeful writer can easily make over $100 a week at Blogmutt. I earn over $12 an hour when I write for them, on average.
  2. A Great Community – The writer’s forum at BlogMutt is a great place to learn tips on writing for the company (or even their competitors). It is also a great community for getting encouragement in your writing career and connecting with a variety of writers from all around the US (Sorry, BlogMutt is currently only open to US writers). The forum itself is worth writing a few posts for BlogMutt.
  3. Great Staff – In the three years I have been a BlogMutt writer, I have heard complaints, but I have nothing to complain about. The staff at BlogMutt work with you to free up your thoughts and schedule to write. I happen to enjoy the process of creating products, marketing my services, and billing and invoicing customers, which is why I am doing more private work now as a writer and a tutor than I am doing on BlogMutt. But, if you do not enjoy all those nitty-gritty businessy things, BlogMutt provides a place where you just write.
  4. Weekly Payment Via PayPal – Every Thursday, weekly posts are automatically purchased. Every Monday, at 5 PM Eastern time (holidays get moved to Tuesday mornings), you get money paid into your PayPal account. I cannot remember the amount of times that I have looked at our budget for the month and said: I need to write more this month, and then I did. And the money came in. Now, there are some issues you need to learn about how long a queue is and how many posts a customer purchases. You also will need to make sure you are writing for customers who are on a weekly plan if scheduling is your big sell, but BlogMutt is definitely one of the more consistent sources of income I have had over the years.
  5. Stock Ownership – Last and definitely not least, BlogMutt has a stock option for writers who write a certain amount for them. I have had two stock certificates made out to me because of my writing for them. How great is that? The stock will only really be worth something when they sell the company, but for those writers who stick around with BlogMutt for a while, you will be rewarded with a bonus when the company sells.

This BlogMutt review gives my top 5 reasons for recommending them to new writers, and no, they are not a scam.

What is your experience with BlogMutt?

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