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Searching for clients is the hardest part of freelance writing. Every freelance writer making thousands of dollars per month can testify that. Two-thirds of their time is spent on searching for clients, cold pitching, sending Letters Of Introduction (LOI). Guess this is the story of those freelance writers who decided not to bid a project on Content Mills in their life.

Some people make a living writing and bidding on Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, you name it. There are even people who make six figures doing that. But let’s get it straight.

 As a beginner, you’ll spend hard times trying to make money from these sites. All you may end up with is just a few bucks. Ideally, the longer you stay away from Content Mills the more money you make. I mean A LOT OF MONEY. A lot like paying the bills, catching some fun and still being able to save. All it takes is marketing.

As aspiring successful freelance writers, here are seven reasons why Content Mills are your enemies.

#1 Content Mills host Scammers

The trick with most of the bidding sites is that anybody can be a scammer. Serious employers don’t look like scammers but scammers look like serious employers. The fact is that most beginners are desperately looking for money. Knowing that outlaws take advantage of them.

 The worst part is that even the sites staff themselves spend hard times figuring out who is a scammer or not. As a result, each day dozens of freelance writers are scammed and nobody talks about that.

Related article: Top Five Tips To Spot Scammers In Freelance Writing

#2 Clients on Content Mills rock at low-paying

If you are serious about getting your freelance writing business off the ground, you should definitely consider avoiding Content Mills. Here is what Contently says about that.

The median income for all respondents is $10,001–$20,000. A little over 19 percent of respondents made more than $50,000 last year, including about five percent who earned six figures.

I don’t know you but when I do the math, I only see pennies. If you’re looking for money in these sites, you’re in the wrong place evidently. 

This being said, not all the gigs are low paid in Content Mills. Some of them pay quite well. In this article, Maggie Linders from Freelance Writing  Riches explains how she made thousands of dollars in Upwork. This might work for you as well.

#3 Clients on Content Mills have Bad Work Ethic

Several employers on bidding sites are bossy, arrogant and rude. They make you work like heck but pay pennies. At least, when they are not scammers. So, you’ve gotten to learn to activate your scammer radar.

 As a rule of thumbs, freelancing means that you do things your way. You’re your own boss. You are a freelance writer. Not a corporate worker. So you work at your own pace. Let no one stress you out. My advice to  freelance writers is to get the heck out of Content Mills.

#4 Clients on Content Mills take Unilateral Decisions 

When you are used to these sites, you know that you can not set your own rate. Neither can you decide on your work shifts? Eventually, when you get to discuss, you end up realizing they’re bossy.

One important thing about freelance writing is that you work with your clients. Never for them. The thing is when you collaborate with your clients, you become more and more creative and innovative. But when you work for them, you end up not loving your work. Believe me, this is bad for you.

And I love this quote from Jon Taffer

The greatest gift of leadership is a boss who wants you to be successful.

#5 Clients on Content Mills Give You Less Worth

Being self-confident is the key to succeeding in any business, even in freelance writing. Sometimes as a freelance writer you would be assigned hard tasks. Believe me, the sole recipe for succeeding doing such kind of work is self-confidence.

 Most clients on bidding sites don’t give a fly to how you feel doing their work. All they want is the result. Working this tirelessly can only result in giving you less confidence and less pay. On these sites, clients make you feel you’re in the wrong business. Which is, we admit, not good for your career. 

#6 Bad Time Management 

Freelancers are generally known to be free. At least, free to do whatever they want whenever they want it. As they work at their own pace with zero pressure. This way, quality is not compromised. 

Clients on bidding sites are generally hurried. But speed doesn’t necessarily mean productivity. Working with/for such kinds of clients will guarantee you zero improvement but constant stress. 

#7 Content Mills Encourage Rude competitiveness 

There are thousands of freelance writers on Mills. At the moment I am writing this article there are 14 million freelancers in Upwork. 830,000 in Fiverr. More than 20 million in Freelancer. In easy English, it just means that when an employer post a project, thousands of people bid on it. 

Basically, your chance of getting a freelance writing project as a beginner is little to nothing. The longer you stay in Content Mills the lower your chance to make a decent income out of your freelance writing career.


Wherever you get to meet a succesful freelance writer, they will always let you know that content mills aren’t the best option when it comes to making a living writing. Here are some reasons to back up that opinion.

  1. Content Mills host Scammers
  2. Clients on Content Mills rock at low-paying
  3. Clients on Content Mills have Bad Work Ethic
  4. Clients on Content Mills take Unilateral Decisions
  5. Clients on Content Mills Give You Less Worth
  6. Bad Time Management 
  7. Content Mills Encourage Rude competitiveness 

Do you have some other reasons why one should run away from content mills? Share them with us in the comments

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