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prowriterusa
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Bidding on Job

Client posts high job rate in thousands, but the description states for one article. I assume the high rate is the budget for the entire scope of the project but states  they need writers. I assume I should just bid -xxx.00 for the one article and not 0000.00 

 

It is a bit unclear if they were looking for one writer or more than one. 

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colettelewis
Member

Leslie,

 

Check if the client has a good track record, and if his/her payment is verified. It is not necessarily a scam, but you might find yourself committed to churning out dozens of articles for very little pay. The 1000s could be in return for thousands of articles - be careful.

 

Edited to add: I wouldn't say this one is worth wasting two connects on. If you bid say, $100 for a 500-word article, I doubt you will even get an answer, but I could be wrong. Make sure if you work with this client that escrow is funded in full, or that it is set up as an hourly job with the tracker turned on.

69297078
Member

Simply state in your proposal that your bid is for 1 article only and you'll be glad to write more for $$$ per article.  If he accepts that you'll be fine.  Chances are he won't accept your proposal because he's trying to slip one over on an unsuspecting freelancer.

mirshahzad
Member

Dear Leslie C,

You can mention your real bid of one article in your proposal, also you can discuss it with the client at the time of interview. It might be typing mistake from the client or the client want to a freelancer for the long term job. Best of Luck at the Upwork.


@Shahzad A wrote:

Dear Leslie C,

You can mention your real bid of one article in your proposal, also you can discuss it with the client at the time of interview. It might be typing mistake from the client or the client want to a freelancer for the long term job. Best of Luck at the Upwork.


 Shahzad,

 

I do not think there will be anything to discuss - these sorts of people do not do dialogue. As I suggested in my answer to the OP's question, it is not worth her while bidding on this job. It is not a typing error - believe me.

 

Jennifer put it rather more bluntly, but she is right.

Nichola L,

You might be right, but I still stand on my point.

lysis10
Member

I don't know what it is with the fake profile people but they love their dentistry stock photos.

Perhaps Jen, but it is for Upwork to suss this out!

 

The OP has in fact, asked a genuine question, which could help other freelancers wondering the same thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

oh right.

 

I can already tell you what the job is. It's posted with a 4-digit budget but wants to pay $1/100 words or worse. The budget is for thousands of articles. She mentions "writers"... red flag.

 

The combination of "writers" with a 4-diit budget is red flag for farming.

 

If I wasn't so lazy today I might go try to find it. It seems the farmers lately have been posting high budgets and then burying the real pay in the description. Like the guy who was inviting every writer and their mother to his $5000 gig but he needed 1000 articles. LOL

 

Even worse, if you agreed to work at that rate, I would bet my house that the guy doesn't really have $5k but instead planned to string the writer along because he was delusional thinking the initial junk articles would make him enough to generate income for the rest.

 

I know my spammers.


@Jennifer M wrote:

oh right.

 

I can already tell you what the job is. It's posted with a 4-digit budget but wants to pay $1/100 words or worse. The budget is for thousands of articles. She mentions "writers"... red flag.

 

The combination of "writers" with a 4-diit budget is red flag for farming.

 

If I wasn't so lazy today I might go try to find it. It seems the farmers lately have been posting high budgets and then burying the real pay in the description. Like the guy who was inviting every writer and their mother to his $5000 gig but he needed 1000 articles. LOL

 

Even worse, if you agreed to work at that rate, I would bet my house that the guy doesn't really have $5k but instead planned to string the writer along because he was delusional thinking the initial junk articles would make him enough to generate income for the rest.

 

I know my spammers.


 I agree, I agree, but it still raises a flag for those who do not know their spammers!

prowriterusa
Member

Now I see another job , payment verified client has already paid jobs for about 10K, but they place the entire project as 5 figures and the job posting is a one liner for multiple websites.  Upwork needs to tell people that are hiring that if they have a budget it should be listed as the actual part of the project. So let's say  they will pay $35 per hour or $35 per 500 words and not to list the task at 10K, because they may be hiring 40 people. No one wants to waste time on bidding for a project that is going to be way below  their normal rate.

 

The only way to get an idea is to look at other jobs finished and what the rate was for those hires.

People who are hiring should have to write a minimum job description in full and not a one liner, like articles written for 20 sites. They should have to follow a template to let the bidder know the scope pf the job in the description in order  for us to bid properly. 

Leslie, 

 

Great job on spotting these scams. It shows you have done your homework.  You really need to change that profile pic though before you get suspended.  Your pic needs to be of you and you only.  

"Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn't mean treating everyone alike-Coach John Wooden"

Katrina, you beat me to it!

 

Leslie, Katrina and Jennifer are right. Fake pictures are an indication of duplicity and also the fact that the freelancer has not even bothered to read Upwork's Terms and Conditions. 

 

Your initial question is valid and hopefully, the answers will help you and other freelancers.

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