Last Updated January 29th, 2018

Freelancing 101 – Freelancing For Beginners

Freelancing 101 - Freelancing For Beginners

Freelancing has become a very popular way to earn money, whether as your primary income or as a side gig. People appreciate the flexibility the freelance lifestyle gives them. The hard part is often getting started. This freelancing for beginners guide may help you find your first gigs and get things moving.

What’s So Great About Freelancing?

There are many things about freelancing that people find appealing. When freelancing works, it’s pretty wonderful.

Great pay – Once you know how to set your rates, pay for freelancers can be higher than working for someone else.

Flexible work – So long as you satisfy the needs of your clients, you’re the boss. Work when you want, where you want, using the tools you prefer.

Lots of options – You have many options when starting a freelance business. Here’s a list of freelance business ideas to get you started.

What Parts Of Freelancing Are Difficult For Beginners?

Getting your freelance career started isn’t always that easy for beginners. There are a lot of challenges you must face.

Getting started – Your first clients may be very difficult to find. Jobs may be few, far between, and may not pay as much as you would like.

Getting paid – Clients can be slow to pay for the work you do. Sometimes one won’t pay at all.

Lack of benefits – If you need medical insurance, you have to find it yourself as a freelancer, and it can be expensive.

Self-motivation – It’s all up to you to get it all done. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood or not when you have a promised deadline. Sometimes this means working long hours on a project that isn’t going right.

Create Your Freelance Portfolio

A solid portfolio is key to getting clients. They need to see the work you’ve done before they’re ready to hire you.

Your portfolio should contain a variety of examples of your work. You don’t want it all to look alike, as that won’t show the range of your skills. A sample of your work demonstrating each of the skills will build client confidence in your abilities.

Your portfolio should show your best work. If you consider a sample merely adequate, it’s probably not a great choice for your portfolio. A portfolio should impress potential clients.

Your portfolio should be available online. Setting up a website or having someone set one up for you is not terribly difficult, and will make it easier to show clients your portfolio. A professional website is a vital tool for most freelancers these days.

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Set Your Pricing

Setting your prices as a freelancer can be difficult. It’s tempting for a lot of beginners to set their prices too low so that it’s easier to get work. This should only be done with caution, as it can be difficult to raise your prices later. You should always try to get paid what your work is worth.

How you set your prices is up to you. Your rate should take into consideration that you probably won’t work 40 hours a week on paid projects. Much of your time will be spent looking for projects, especially in the early days. Most freelancers choose either an hourly or a project rate. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Clients often like the project rate because they know upfront what they need to pay you for your work. The disadvantage to you is that you don’t get more money if the project is more difficult than you expected. On the plus side, if it’s easier than expected, you just earned more money in less time. Your project rate should be based on what you would like to earn per hour and how many hours you think the project will take, even if you don’t share those numbers with the client.

Hourly is good because you’re getting paid for how long the project takes you. If you’re fast, that gives you time to take on more projects.

Hourly makes many clients nervous because they don’t want to be on the hook for more money than was estimated at the start. It’s good for the freelancer, however, as they get paid for however long the work takes. You will need to carefully track your work hours so that the client can see where the time went if they ask.

However, you set your pricing, make sure you require a down payment from clients at the start of your project. This is protection for you if payment in full is difficult to get later.

Get Ready To Work

While you can work wherever you want as a freelancer, you should have a good home office setup for regular use. This is a space you can work when you need to be undisturbed.

A dedicated room with a door you can close is ideal, but not possible for all freelancers. Some set up space in their bedroom; others use the kitchen table because that’s the only practical spot they have.

Your workspace should have all the tools you need to be productive easily accessible. This may include your computer, internet access, printer, reference materials, and so forth.

It also makes sense to look into setting up accounts with various tools to make your freelance life easier.

Toggl, for example, is a time tracking tool many find useful. The basic version is free, and paid plans are reasonable. You can set up tasks and time how long you work on each.

Slack is very popular for teams, but may not be suitable for all freelancers. There’s only so much an individual can do with Slack. If your clients use Slack, however, it’s a good way to keep in contact with them. Independent workers can use Slack to join communities of other independent workers, so that you have someone to chat with during the day.

Asana is for project management and can help you whether you’re working alone or as part of a team. Set it up with due dates for your projects and tasks. You can view everything on a calendar, making it easier to see where you’re overscheduled and where you have openings. The basic version is free and allows up to 15 people on a team.

Job Boards Make Freelancing Easier For Beginners

There are a lot of freelancing job boards you can consider using. They aren’t just for beginners, but they make it a lot easier to find work.

This is a selection of websites you can look at for freelance work. Some specialize in particular types of work, such as writing or tech. Others offer regular work as well as freelance, and you may need to narrow your search on them.

Upwork
Linkedin Profinder
Flexing It
People Per Hour
ProBlogger Job Board
Freelance Writing
We Work Remotely
Working Nomads
Virtual Vocations
Stack Overflow
Sologig
Smashing Jobs
WP Hired
Local Solo
Toptal
Places To Find Freelance Writing Gigs – a list I created.

Get Paid

Your contract with clients should make it completely clear when you expect to be paid for your work. Clients won’t always pay on time, so having penalties for late payment spelled out in your contracts will help you deal with that. Freelancer’s Union has a contract creator you may find helpful.

A part of getting paid on time is taking a partial payment upfront. If a project will take a long time, invoice your clients during the project as well. This way you don’t have to worry about collecting the entire payment at the end, when some clients tend to become forgetful.

Invoicing and accounting are important to the health of your freelance business, and there are some wonderful tools for that. Freshbooks has been around for a while and does a good job.  It will help you send out invoices and estimates, track time and expenses, and accept credit card payments.

If you want a free invoicing software, try Wave. It charges for credit card processing, bank payment processing, and payroll. The invoicing and accounting sides are completely free. You can use it on your computer or use mobile invoicing and receipt scanning through its apps.

Keep It Legal

A freelance business is still a business, and in most areas you will need a business license. If you aren’t seeing clients in your home, this is usually a simple process. If you have people coming to your home, that’s where it can get more complicated, as you may need to show that you will not be bringing an excess of traffic into the neighborhood.

You may also need to register a business name. In many places, if your business name is simply your name, it’s not a concern. If you want a different name, you probably have to register it.

Taxes are another concern. If you’re doing at all well with your freelance business, it is a very good idea to pay quarterly taxes. This way you will not need to pay a huge sum at tax time, and it helps you avoid tax penalties.

Keep receipts for anything you want to deduct from your taxes. They might be important.

Fear Is Normal

Freelancing is a scary business for everyone, not just freelancers. It takes time to get enough clients, and even experienced freelancers sometimes won’t have enough. You have to keep on top of things.

Use that fear. It’s a push to work a little harder. Send out more proposals. Learn something new that will improve your skills. Get out of your comfort zone.

Final Freelancing For Beginners Tips

Don’t overload yourself when you’re a beginning freelancer. You do not need to take on every possible client. Overloading your schedule is a sure path to failure.

Keep business hours, and try not to work too often outside of them. There will be times when it’s necessary, but you need downtime too. Don’t let overwork ruin your enthusiasm.

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Last Updated January 16th, 2018

How Do You Get Started Working From Home?

How Do You Get Started Working from Home?

I get a lot of people asking me how to get started working from home. They know they want to work at home, but have no clue where or how to start looking, even after finding this site. Sometimes they don’t have the foggiest notion of what kind of work they want to do from home.

Saying that you want to get started working from home is really vague. People who ask that and give no further information can be difficult to help sometimes. They have no idea what they want to do and expect me to come up with the right job without knowing anything about their skills or interests.

When I have very little information, I usually give very basic answers. Sometimes that’s all that is needed anyhow. If you’re wondering where the work at home job leads are, take a look at the Work at Home Jobs section of this website.

Ah, but that’s not terribly helpful to those who really don’t know what they want to do. How do you get to the point where you can start looking for a particular work at home job?

Look At Your Expectations Before You Get Started Working From Home

Despite the myths, working at home isn’t easy. So many people just want to be pointed in the right direction and have it handed to them, and that’s just not going to happen. When you want something in life you can’t sit around waiting for it to happen. You have to do what it takes to get started working from home.

Expect to have to work at looking for a job. You probably wouldn’t get the first outside the home job you apply for, so why should you expect that for a work at home job?

Don’t assume that you’ll be making big bucks from a work at home job. That’s one of the big reasons people get scammed so easily. Visions of easy money make people lose all common sense. Many work at home jobs don’t pay spectacularly well unless it’s a more in demand and hard to find skill. And most home businesses can take anywhere from months to years to become profitable, IF they ever do… no matter what the hype says.

What Do You Want To Do?

Just as in looking for an outside the home job, it really helps to know what kind of work at home job you’re looking for. What are you qualified for? Do you have any relevant experience?

It’s all well and good to say, “Well, I’d like to do customer service, or maybe data entry or even assemble stuff from home, just so long as I get paid.” That is, if you want to fail.

Don’t be vague. And don’t just think about the classic work at home jobs. There are a lot more possibilities out there.

Software developers work at home. Graphic designers work at home. Medical coders work at home. There are many work at home jobs that require significant education and experience.

Really Look At Your Experience.

It’s extra hard landing a work at home job if you lack experience. There’s rarely any face to face training unless the company has strict location requirements.

Experience always helps. It doesn’t matter what kind of job you’re looking for. Employers love experience. This doesn’t mean you have to have experience before you can work from home, but it’s a help.

You don’t necessarily need the exact job title as the one you’re going for. Some companies get very creative with their job titles. Other jobs have a number of common variations.

Work On Your Resume.

The best resumes are targeted to the individual job, not just a generic resume for a particular field. But you should have one that is generally targeted toward what you’re seeking so that it doesn’t take too long to customize it for each application. You want to target it to each individual employer’s needs.

If you’re considering two or more very distinct types of jobs to do from home, create a resume based around each. A software developer who would also consider working as a technical writer at home will need a different resume for each of those, to emphasize the very different skills those two jobs require.

Work On Your Cover Letter.

You may not always need one, but it’s good to have a cover letter available as a way to introduce yourself when possible. Don’t talk about wanting to work at home for more time with your family and that kind of stuff; it’s not relevant to potential employers, any more than saying you want to work to support your family would be for applying to an outside the home job.

Just as with your resume, have a generic one you can customize as needed.

Put A Salt Shaker On Your Desk.

No, you don’t have to do this literally. But when you’re about to start looking at work at home opportunities, you need to be prepared to take things with a grain of salt and a whole lot of skepticism. Probably go through the entire shaker pretty fast.

Work at home scams outnumber legitimate opportunities by far. I try to keep things clean here, but I can’t promise to get it perfect. And if you’re searching around and about the internet, you’re probably going to run into a lot of scams.

When in doubt, start by reading the job ad carefully. Does it sound too good to be true? That’s a red flag. Does the visible contact information match up with the actual employer? Some scams use a real employer’s name to fool you but have a Gmail or other email address for the contact. Be careful out there.

Start Looking.

With a good notion of the kind of job you’re looking for, it’s time to quit preparing and start looking. You’re not going to get anywhere if you don’t take action. This is the most important step to successfully get started working from home.

Don’t pay to apply for a work at home job. Very few legitimate companies charge applicants for a background check – only consider these companies if you really think you’re a good match and can risk the cost of the background check.

Once you’re applying, it can be quite the waiting game. It is not at all uncommon for work at home job hunts to take months, sometimes over a year. I’m not going to promise you an easy time finding a job. Lots of other people probably want the same jobs you do, and you can’t all have them.

It can pay off to apply to some employers every few months. Don’t overdo it or you’ll be an annoyance, but a time can come when sending in a fresh application is the right move.

Finally, if your family is desperate for money, do consider an outside the home job if that’s what you need to keep financially afloat. I see too many people saying they need a work at home job desperately so they can pay their bills. If that’s you, consider finding an outside the home job while you hunt for work at home.

You may have to work at night if you’re married and can’t afford childcare. You may have to find a friend to trade childcare with if you don’t have any way to pay for childcare and no one else to help you.

If you need income be realistic about it and remember that you can find work at home later, without such extreme financial pressure. Desperation means you’re more likely to make stupid mistakes.

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Last Updated January 9th, 2018

Work at Home Ad Translator

Work at Home Ad Translator

Have you ever wondered what some of the more common phrases in scammy work at home ads really mean? If you took most of them literally, you’d expect the entire world to be rich, just from the sheer lack of effort made in various home businesses. I’ve created this work at home ad translator to interpret what many of these ads really mean… or at least how I see them.

Some scammy work at home ads can be very similar to legitimate work at home ads. That has always been a part of the challenge. Sometimes you have to take a look at the awful scams out there and mock them.

Sarcasm ahead.

No Selling Required!

It’s not selling if you just tell everyone you meet that it’s a great product, right? Your family, friends, acquaintances, coworkers, random people you meet on the street, kids, neighbor’s dog and so forth should be grateful that you take the time to tell them about these wonderful products. They will beat a path to your door if you do so.

No Experience Required

That’s right, no experience required, and you’re not going to get much in the way of experience here. Unless you count the life experience of losing money to a scam. That’s worth something, right?

Make Money Doing Online Surveys

You don’t mind that most will pay in pennies or points, do you? Very few online surveys will be worth your time, although a few will pay well.

Free Money Making Website

Free website that we offer to all our suckers… err, members. Hope you don’t mind that it looks like every other member’s website. And just wait until you see our upsells!

Earn Money In Your Sleep

Not going to happen until you’ve put in a ton of effort. You might even lose some sleep over it. You’re certainly going to lose money.

Free Trial

Just give us your credit card information. Your trial will be up before you know it. Is our product easy to cancel? Just wait and see. Our helpful customer service department will try everything to keep you from canceling.

Get Paid To Type

All you have to do is type in ads to convince other people to fall for the same scam! It’s easy. You deserve to make the money you lost to us back somehow right?

Act Now! Only X Y Slots Open!

We don’t care that we can allow as many people as we want to download our electronic product. Matter of fact, we’ve done that already. But if you think we’re limiting our sales you might forget to do your due diligence. So hurry up, will ya?

Earn Money On Autopilot

Rather like earning money while you sleep. It can happen, but it’s not going to be as fast or as easy for most people as the ad claims… and it might not happen at all. The odds of it happening with this particular product are probably worse than trying to earn money on autopilot by building your own business.

No Limit To Your Earnings

Um, you do know that includes a lower limit, right? You’re as likely to earn nothing as something, not to mention the money you’ll lose trying this.

(Google) (Twitter) (Other Popular Site) Will Pay You $x,xxx Per Month!

If you follow our instructions, you might manage to waste a lot of time, lose some money advertising, not to mention paying us and have next to nothing for it. Sometimes we don’t even know who we’re pretending will be paying you. We trust you not to notice the mixups.

You Can Be A Secret Shopper!!!

While there are legitimate secret shopper opportunities out there, look out for the scams. Anyone who tells you to deposit a check in your account and wire part back to them is running a scam.

Join The Next Billion Dollar Industry

Yep. That’s right. We’re creating a new industry and it’s going to make a billlllion dollars! Join us. One of us! One of us! We’re totally trustworthy and our products are the most awesome ever.

Make Money On Social Media

Desperately post ads on social media and watch as your family and friends start to hide your posts and you get blocked from every Facebook group you try this on.

Make Money Posting Ads

Annoy every site you ever visit by posting ads in the comments. It’s a great business model, trust us! Don’t worry about how many people will report you and get you banned from all kinds of sites. You’ll earn plenty, honest!

Send $$ To Get A List Of Legitimate Work At Home Jobs

You can probably find this same information for free online. It may take more research, but your results will be better once you know what you’re doing than if you pay some random person who posted an ad.

As Seen On…

We bought an ad there once. We’re not exactly welcome back.

Email Me For More Information

If I posted here what the opportunity is, you’d call it out as a scam. This way I get your email address. You’ll never get rid of me now!

I hope this work at home ad translator helps you read though any of the scammy work at home ads you find. What common phrases do you see in work at home ads that need to be translated?

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Last Updated January 2nd, 2018

How To Update Your Resume For Your Work At Home Job Hunt

How To Update Your Resume For Your Work At Home Job Hunt

Keeping your resume current is important, whether you’re job hunting or not. But when you want to find a new work at home job, you need to look carefully at your current resume to make sure that it presents you and your experience in the best possible light. These are some of the things you should do to update your resume for your work at home job hunt.

Check Your Contact Information

Having current and professional looking contact information is vital on your resume. You don’t need to include your street address, but you should have your name, phone number, email address, and possibly your website address or LinkedIn profile address on your resume.

Make sure your email address looks professional. The best option is to have your name with a Gmail email address or one associated with a domain you own. A student can get away with using an .edu address, but if you’re done with school it’s not ideal. Email addresses through AOL or Yahoo just look old. Using your name in your email address looks far more professional than using other words do.

Review Your Summary

Your summary gives a quick overview of your qualifications for the job. These are the points in your resume that will be the most important to a potential employer. This should go near the top of your resume.

If you still have an objective on your resume, delete it. Employers know what your objective is – it’s to get hired. You wouldn’t have sent in your resume otherwise.

Update Your Skills And Education

The skills and education you bring to a potential employer are also important. Keep these up to date. If at all possible, take the time to add to them whenever you can. There are plenty of courses at Udemy, community colleges,and so forth where you can build your skills in ways that will help your career.

Some educational choices will look better than others on a resume. When you sign up for a course, make sure that it will be a good addition to your resume.

Remove portions that are no longer relevant. There comes a time in your career when you don’t need to mention that yes, you have graduated from high school. Your college GPA eventually won’t matter either, as your experience will show whether or not you’re suited to the job.

Don’t mention skills that aren’t useful anymore. Employers won’t care how well you use some old software unless they specifically mention it in the job ad.

Update Your Work History

Even if you haven’t changed jobs since the last time you updated your resume, make sure to update your work history. Consider any new accomplishments you’ve made at work since the last update. What about promotions? Did you forget to add something to your work history that is relevant to your latest job hunt? Be specific. Include metrics whenever possible.

Bullet points are useful to make your accomplishments stand out from the general description of your job duties.

You may also need to trim down old employers who aren’t relevant anymore. That fast food job in high school isn’t relevant to your job hunt if you’ve had several other jobs since then, unless it has some specific relevance to what you’re looking for now. The same goes for that internship in college that has nothing to do with the kind of work you’re looking for now.

Review Your Terminology

Does the terminology you use in your resume show that you are current in your field?

If you use outdated terminology in your resume, it makes your skills look out of date. Make sure you haven’t let any old terminology stick around. If you have any doubt, do a little research and look it up.

In addition to professional terminology, look at the words you use to describe your accomplishments. Action verbs are vital to a great resume, if not overused. Consider this list of action verbs to improve yours.

You also need to consider keywords that are important to your industry. Most resume are scanned by applicant tracking software for relevant keywords before a human ever sees it. You want the software to see your resume as relevant to the job so that it gets to the human. Don’t forget the human even as you consider the software.

Update Your Formatting

Is your resume in a modern style? Resume formatting has changed quite a bit over the years.

Many resumes still have your name at the top, but your contact information, skills and education are in a narrow column off to one side. Done properly, this makes it easier for the employer to scan your resume for the information they want.

Use a professional font on your resume. Arial, Helvetica, Verdana and other professional looking Sans Serif fonts are a good choice. Don’t use an unusual font and please, please don’t use Comic Sans. That one is a bad idea for most purposes.

Aim for a one printed page resume, even though it may never be printed. There are times when going to a second page makes sense, but it’s not for everyone. Potential employers need to know enough about you to decide to contact you for an interview, and that’s it. Most times they’ll spend under 30 seconds on your resume. If you don’t get their attention that quickly, you won’t get called for an interview.

Make sure that your formatting is consistent throughout your resume. It looks sloppy if you have different fonts throughout your resume, use multiple date formats, or if you change bullet point styles.

Do NOT Include Excess Personal Information

There is no reason whatsoever to include excess personal information. This is a mistake I see parents who want to work at home make often when they contact me. They tell me nothing about their skills, but I hear all about how they have young children or an ailing parent they need to care for, and that’s why they want to work at home.

First of all, I’m not an employer. If you want work at home job hunting advice from me, I’ll give it, but your personal situation isn’t relevant. It’s even less relevant to potential employers. If you share too much personal information, they probably won’t want to hire you.

Employers do not care if you’re married, if you have kids, or what your hobbies are. If any of these limit your availability, bring up the hours you are available to work (but not why) in your interview. Employers want to hear about what you can do for them, not what you need them to do for you. Personal issues can be handled later. Keep them off your resume.

They also don’t need to see a photo of you. What you look like is not relevant to your resume.

Save Your Resume In The Right File Types

There are two important formats for saving your resume. The first is as a .doc or whatever word processor format you use. This one should be easy for you to edit later, and it’s possible that an employer will want that format for one reason or another. Give your new resume a new filename so that you can compare your old resume to your new if the need ever arises. Having multiple versions of your resume can help you other times that you need to update your resume.

The other is to save it as a PDF. This format ensures that you can easily send your resume to a potential employer and it will look the way you want it to look. There’s no worry about the formatting going wrong or someone accidentally changing your resume if you send it as a PDF. It also prints well, which may matter to some employers. Printed resumes aren’t all that popular anymore, but some people find paper easier to handle than staring at a screen all day.

Consider Making Multiple Resumes

Customizing your resume for each job you apply for is a good idea, but you can make the process faster by making multiple versions of your resume. This is especially important if you’re job hunting in multiple fields. Prepare a resume that is focused on each of those fields, and you won’t have to spend so much time customizing your resume as you find different job openings.

Review Your Social Media Presence

Many employers now search potential employees online and on social media websites to make sure they like what they see. I went into more detail on this subject in my article, Social Media Checklist For Job Hunters.

Update Your Resume On LinkedIn

Once you’ve finished updating your resume, make sure your LinkedIn resume is updated to match. Many employers check there, especially if you have included a link to it on your resume.

Sometimes a recruiter will find you on LinkedIn. Having someone contact you about a job you weren’t aware of is a good thing – just make certain that it’s legitimate first. Some work at home scams will claim to be from a legitimate company, but it’s just a person using that company’s name for their own purposes.

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Last Updated January 1st, 2018

YouTube Moderator Scam Email

YouTube Moderator Scam Email

I get to start this year off with a lovely new scam email I received. It’s pretty simple. It says I have been made a moderator of a YouTube channel. On mine, the channel is called “Have Win Apple iPhone X Get It From: – (link)” – isn’t that a lovely name??? I wasn’t the least bit surprised to find that it was a YouTube Moderator scam email.

Here’s a screenshot of the email:

YouTube Moderator Scam Email

Yes, it really does seem that it comes from YouTube. These guys are starting a fake YouTube channel just so they can make people moderators of their channel and try to scam them.

The link in the channel name is the key to this scam. It shows up as a link in the email. When I checked things out in the Google Product Forums, some people had followed it and had even filled out the requested information. Don’t do that, folks. You should know better. Never share your information on sites you don’t trust.

There does not seem to be a way to keep people from making you a moderator on YouTube as of this writing. With this scam going around, I expect that Google/YouTube will be looking at things to find a way to control this scam.

One simple thing they could do is disallow domain names as usernames or in channel names. I don’t know that they would want to do that, however, as I’m sure many legitimate websites name their channels for their domain.

Better might be to say that you can only be made a moderator of a channel you already follow. This seems like a very simple thing to require to show that a potential moderator has already interacted with the channel in some way.

What To Do About The YouTube Moderator Scam Email

First of all, make sure you know the email is a legit one from YouTube before clicking any links in the email. I looked at this one very, very carefully before I reported it as spam and checked to see if the channel was still open so that I could report it. You don’t want to be tricked into logging in at a fake site. You also don’t want your name as moderator on a scam channel, even when it’s likely one of many, and utterly meaningless.

If you get this email, don’t overreact. I saw some people on the Google Product Forums who shut down their YouTube channels over this. I think that’s a huge overreaction. There is no indication that your channel has been compromised just because you got this email.

This scam email is really not a big deal. Hit the “report as spam” link in the email if you like, and go on with your life. YouTube wants to know about these channels quickly so that they can shut them down. They don’t like scams either. You can also go to the channel and flag it as spam if it hasn’t already been deactivated. The YouTube channel in mine had been shut down for violating the TOS. Surprise, surprise.

It amazes me that scams like this can work, but as I saw on the Google Product Forums, they apparently do, even on people who know enough to go to the product forums. Some ways that amazes me, but that’s just reality.

Be careful any time you get an email. Don’t trust it just because it comes from a trusted source. This one really did come through YouTube’s system because they found a way to get their fraudulent link in there. But it could just as easily been a phishing email from start to finish. Pay close attention to where a link really goes before you click one in an email… or anywhere.

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