Which freelance virtual assistants have been fired, and why?
Some of the most popular virtual assistants in the field are struggling to maintain their livelihoods, with the exception of some experienced employees, according to data compiled by BuzzFeed News and a review of job postings by freelancers and industry insiders.
BuzzFeed News is examining these cases to determine how much control virtual assistants and freelancers have over the work they do and whether they are being paid properly for their work.
BuzzFeed, which is not associated with BuzzFeed, reviewed thousands of job descriptions from a range of industries, including software development, financial services, health care, and more.
BuzzFeed did not identify the companies that employed the freelancers.
“It’s not uncommon for the freelancer to be asked to leave or for them to get laid off.
Some freelancers just can’t get a job, and it can be hard to find work once you’re gone,” said Kristina Kincaid, a former freelance video editor for BuzzFeed News who is now an editor and director at the nonprofit group Workforce.org.
“A lot of the freelancing that happens, there’s a lot of pressure, a lot pressure on the freelances to do the work, and a lot more.
And that’s not the case with the employees.
If you’re a freelancer, it’s hard to make money.
You can’t make it if you don’t know how to do it.”
Kincay is one of many freelancers BuzzFeed News spoke with who had their jobs cut or taken away from them because of their work for BuzzFeed.
A former BuzzFeed video editor said her job was eliminated in March because her boss did not want her to focus on the company’s “very busy” content.
A BuzzFeed reporter said that she was terminated for reporting on a “very high-profile case” that involved the company.
BuzzFeed also spoke with several freelance video editors who said they were laid off for “creative differences” after they left.
“There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at BuzzFeed, but a lot doesn’t have to do with the work itself,” Kincad said.
“People who are working with me are just doing what they are told to do.
There’s no pressure.
There is no fear.
There are no repercussions.”
A BuzzFeed spokeswoman declined to comment on the BuzzFeed case, citing the ongoing investigation.
Many of the people BuzzFeed interviewed said they felt pressure to work more hours than they were able to.
A freelance video producer said he was fired for taking more time off than his co-workers.
“I think it’s very unfair.
There aren’t enough hours in the day, and you’re not paid enough,” he said.
In some cases, the workers said they had to turn down freelance gigs because their employers had not given them a severance package.
In the case of a freelance video journalist, BuzzFeed News also spoke to a video editor who said she was asked to turn away from a job she loved because she had not received a severancy package.
“They were telling me that if I don’t turn them down, they’re going to lay me off,” the freelance video blogger said.
BuzzFeed was able to interview nearly two dozen people from various sectors of the video industry who said that many of their colleagues had been laid off in recent years because of the high demand for video content, particularly in the digital media space.
A freelancer who had a large freelance video team told BuzzFeed that her job had been eliminated after her company decided to hire someone new.
The freelancer said she had been asked to take a pay cut of more than $40,000.
BuzzFeed obtained this interview through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The freelance video production company BuzzFeed hired said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that it has terminated the contract of its video freelancers “due to the high demands of our ongoing content creation.”
“We have not made any significant changes to our freelancers’ compensation packages in response to these layoffs,” the company said in the statement.
“In fact, as a result of the recent layoffs, our freelancer base has declined to the point where we are unable to continue to work with them.”
BuzzFeed also conducted an in-depth review of employment contracts and contracts between virtual assistants, and found that many workers say their work was not compensated adequately.
A recent BuzzFeed survey of more 20 virtual assistants found that roughly half said their work had not been paid on time, with many saying they had not earned enough to cover their costs.
BuzzFeed hired a freelance digital video editor, and he said he had been offered a $25,000 contract for three months, but he declined to accept it because he felt it was too small.
“If you’re going into a position of a large virtual assistant that’s doing all the work and the money is not there, they have to take the gig,” the freelist said.
Many freelancers said they have been forced to sell their personal assets and close their businesses, while others have said they are considering leaving their businesses altogether