Red Flags in a Job Op.

Updated: Sep 1

Job ops are a normal part of life as a freelancer.

But how do you know which ones are legit?

If you're anything like me, in the start of my VA days I was seeing job ops left & right... There were so many people posting so many things, it was honestly difficult to know what was legit, and what wasn't.

As a freelancer, you have to be careful about what you apply for, and most importantly, what you accept. As incredible as it is, to be a freelancer, there is risk involved.

So be careful when applying any job. If you see these red flags, just stay away!

You have to pay for anything

Scammers will always scam. I know you know that if the prince of Nigeria DMs you personally asking for cash loan, that it's definitely a scam.

But they can sometimes be trickier to pinpoint when the scam is in the form of a job op. Even when applying for w2 jobs, I had a lot of these too. They are all over the place!

A good rule of thumb, if they're asking you to pay for ANY thing... it's a scam.

They are offering to send you equipment.

No company is going to send a freelance employee any type of expensive equipment. If they are offering to send you a laptop and desk, it's not real. Don't waste your time.

Asking for anything for free.

No matter what job you're in... There will always be someone trying to get something for free. Although this may not be a sign of a traditional scam, it's definitely the sign of someone who doesn't respect your time or your skill, and you should just steer clear.

Wanting specific hours.

This one can be tough, because lots of people will want you to be available at some point between 9am - 5pm their local time. And that's okay! Not a red flag.

However, if they're suggesting you be available to work on their projects from 10am to 3pm every day... get out of there.

You're a freelancer, not an employee, and you get to control your hours. If they need a very specific schedule, then they need to hire an employee instead.

They won't sign a contract.

Do not work with anyone who won't sign a contract. I've said it before, I don't care if it's your mom or the Queen of England. If they won't sign a basic contract, it's a bad sign. Save yourself the headache and potential financial loss, and refuse to work with anyone who won't sign the contract.

There are so many fantastic opportunities out there, and truly wonderful people to work with. So don't be scared to apply for gigs, just be careful and thoroughly read the description and exactly what they're looking for.