Don’t Do It! Don’t do what I did…

Mistakes in being a ghost writer and more. Yes, it’s a clickbait title, sorry.


When I first got into freelance writing, I was looking for a place I could go to do it. I am trying to start a business from home; so, looking for supplemental work from home sounded good; the problem was I didn’t know how to get started. Good thing I had friends online who could point me in the right direction. One suggested Elance and another suggested Odesk. Both of these merged and became

I got help making a profile that was catchy and cover letters for bids, and I was on my way. I could see the money rolling in, or so I thought. There are so many things I learned along the way.

You have to sell yourself…

Yes, just like looking for a job where you need a resume, you need a catchy CV and work history to pull them in, if they find you randomly. It should sound a bit like a sales pitch, but not too much. It needs to answer the following questions:

1. Why should they pick you?

2. What are your writing strengths?

3. How fast can you deliver the project?


Give samples…

A good CV and history is fine, but you also need to provide work sample for them to look at and make judgments. Links to blogs you have is alright, but some people are looking for book writers and editors. References wouldn’t hurt either.

Be clear in your expertise…

Don’t be afraid to include in your CV what you will not do. I don’t write romance novels. I include it. Anything you are not comfortable writing, you need to make clear.

There will be scams…

Yes, even on a site like Upwork, there are people fishing to find that natural born sucker or new person desperate for a dollar. I admit. I fell for a couple of scams. Here is how to avoid those.

  1. If they want you to contact the through a  messaging service, move on. I am referring to Yahoo messenger, MSN messenger, Skype, or other service. They are trying to talk to you out of the eyes of the moderators of the site. Keep scrolling.
  2. If they talk about other ways of paying you, run. This is a really big hint they will not pay you for your work.
  3. If they are not verified by the service you’re using, ask in the proposal if they pay through the service. If they do not. Don’t do business with them.
  4. If they offer an ungodly sum of money for what seems like a menial task, run. These people usually pay by check, not good, and the check is no good.

All in all, look at the reviews for the client you are bidding to hopefully work for. If they have good reviews, are verified, and talk to you through the service, they are safe to work with. There are those that will start within the service and then try to pay you outside of the service after a while. I wouldn’t recommend letting them do that. Eventually, they will not pay you, and you will not be able to contact them.


I hope these tips will serve you well. Happy Ghost Writing and good luck!

To all my friends, be good, and if you can’t be good, be good at it.

The Mad Woman


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