So, I recently managed to find a company based mainly in Europe that piqued my interest:
It essentially focuses on articles and such.
I'm still in the evaluation process and I'm currently writing the entry article (read "test" article here), but while doing so, I noticed some (potential) red flags here:
The "test" article is obviously being used to test all of the current candidates for the current semester, but I noticed they left the same said test article (same subject, etc) public and published instead of making it private/draft only.
They evaded my question about payment process, but when looking at their documentation (that they share with every possible candidate), you can see that they will only pay after a certain number of articles (done as a "guest") is done...instead of just one.
They mention only accepting guest, and later on (as mentioned above) paid authors, but only under the [company] name...you'll need to "level" up (I'm not kidding, this is the actual word they used) to a certain number (between 5 and 8) to be a "paid author" WITH your actual name on the article, instead of the company's name.
I'm unsure if any of these are actual red flags or not (which is why I used the word "potential"). The fact that this is my first time working for an actual article-centered company is also part of why I'm unsure (since I never saw how "green" the other article's focused company are compared to this current one)
I'm still wondering going through with this evaluation or not (already finished writing the first test article on their platform but still need to correct some errors before it's seen as publishable). BTW, they have existed for a long time (between 2010-14 and today). They also partnered with a couple known company that have nothing to do with articles too, so I guess they look "legit" enough on that part at least.
And yes, the actual job form I applied to didn't mention any of what I said above, and they were very clear on the "you will be paid...each article....etc" and made no mention whatsoever of anything else I mentioned here (only knew this a bit later through additional email).
There also virtually no additional benefit (like insurance, unemployment, etc). Not that I'm aware of at least. Though I only really care about payment here anyway (they mainly use paypal for some reason).
I'm based in Europe if anyone wondered (like the company I mentioned above is).
There was no actual interview, unless you would consider a single, 2 lines email, asking for work and skills experience with a follow up from me describing my experience etc, that.
Lastly, just as this may sounds, it is a remote work.
Any feedback/answer is welcome.