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Barefoot Writer Reviews: is this Scam? My Honest thoughts

Freelancing in writing sounds like one of the best sources to earn, wherein you don’t have to make any capital investments, just writing can make you earn.

To start with finding a good platform is a very important task. Barefoot Writer affirms that they train aspiring writers to establish as a Freelance writer.

My Honest review of Barefoot Writer

Barefoot Writer Reviews


Owner: Paul Hollingshead

Price: $49/year + upsells

About Barefoot Writer

Barefoot Writer is an online magazine subscription also known as Ezine. It is founded by Paul Hollingshead, a person who has extensive knowledge in this field. They are a part of the American Writers Association Inc. Also known as AWAI, it has an A+ rating on Better Business Bureau.


Barefoot Writer initiative is to make the skillful writers earn cash while working on the laptop work from home.

But many articles as posted as Barefoot Writer Scam.

This review will help you understand if this web or magazine based subscription can be beneficial or just another fake promise for your dreams

if You Really Find Remote Work From Home and Flexible Jobs ( 1.Remote jobs that are full-time and part-time, 2. Employee and freelance jobs 3. On-site jobs with flexible schedules 4. All hand-screened, vetted and professional) Then Must Visit

Let us take a look.


This website works on marketing and advertisement, there is a free report advertised; only your name and email are sufficient to subscribe for this free report and the constant advertisement begins. The downloadable free report is provided of 9 Ways to Make a VERY Good Living as a Writer.

As the name suggests this report contains satisfactory content. This report manages to give an insight into what you’d be doing in a particular scenario. And also raising your expectations on earnings you can make through freelance writing.

Free resource contemplates you to subscribe for the paid services.

If you really want to go ahead with a paid subscription, then you have to pay a monthly subscription of $49 & a yearly subscription of $108. On payment of fees, As a Barefoot Writer Club member you get digital courses, monthly digital magazine, resourceful material, and 50 past issues, Access to their “Private portal”. You’ll get feedback, suggestion, remarks, or advice from experts to improvise your writing skills.

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Barefoot Writer is Legit or a Scam?

You cannot say Scam, but misleading with promotions where they have hyped for too much pay on writing. Barefoot Writer sells the idea of earning from home as a freelance writer.

According to Barefoot editors, they claim that it can make you earn in abundance up to 6 digits

Those who find it difficult to write even after the program can earn by taking contests. Members have to participate in contests while submitting their articles, evaluated, and reviewed by the editors at Barefoot.


  • They offer 12month 100% money-back guarantee
  • The resources they provide are good for the beginners
  • Barefoot marketing videos are very inspiring for those who are desperate to get into Freelance writing.


  • Too many build-up emails 3-4 emails a day.
  • The Barefoot Writer claims to make you the expert writer, however, the content is sheerly for beginners.
  • So much of up-selling or Cross-selling that if you agree to subscribe, you will end up paying $150 more than the regular subscription cost
  • Plenty of false claims for earning in 6 figures for a single article.
  • Advertisement crams almost after every content

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Frequently Asked Questions,

1) How are the Barefoot writers paid? 

Ans: Payment depends on what you are writing and for whom, you can write for Barefoot Writer or their clients

Salary is paid for in-house writers and for those who are writing for clients with retainer agreements; they get paid on regular writing work.

2) Do you need a degree to be a paid writer?

Ans: Noways, skills are required for good writing. No degree can give you the skills to write, but yes proper training and also the quality of writing makes you a commendable writer. If your work is recognized nothing can stop you from earning.


3) What is the Barefoot Writer’s idea of freelancing?

Ans: Barefoot believes beyond the idea of earning Freelancing writers, they offer services that give exorbitant results. They introduce content about “Dream Lifestyle” and stories.

4) Is AWAI has a refund policy?

Ans: If you realize that this course is not as per your expectations, you just have to send an email at the official Email id of AWAI to get the money-back guarantee.

5) Do I have to be a citizen of the United States to become a Barefoot Writer?

Ans: No! Barefoot Writers are accepted from all over the world, a few located outside the U.S. in Canada, Africa, Europe, and Australia. This is the best part of Barefoot writing, you can work from anywhere and at any time and you can earn a substantial amount.

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Signing Off

Looking at the pros & cons, there are many disadvantages to this course. Despite paying premium amounts there is a lack of innovation in knowledge given here. This knowledge can be attained even while surfing on the web also there are many better service providers at considerable subscription fees.


Hi, I am Sadhana and thank you for stopping by to know me. I am a work-at-home mom of One Cute Baby and a firm believer in making 'working from home' success for everyone.



  1. Virginia

    February 4, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Thank you.

  2. William Kennedy

    February 15, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you, your review was very helpful.

  3. John Lawson

    March 2, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Good review. It is incredibly difficult to get freelance writing jobs. I’ve written for quite a few magazines and I’ve written a few books. However, most of my enquiries don’t go anywhere. So if you haven’t written for a living before, you’re unlikely to make a good living from freelance work.

  4. Jimmie

    June 30, 2021 at 6:15 am

    This company is geared to making money from your efforts for themselves firstly. Beware of their false claims.this is not about you making money from this venture. It’s about them profiting from you. Beware. If this was a venture for you to exceed, there would be no such fees required from you. Beware. They make money from you, even if you fail. Do not believe their money back program either. It’s a win,win situation for them, not you. Understand that this is only a beginners course and not a course for anyone that needs much higher skills to exceed. Beware failure from such programs on the internet are almost 100%.

  5. Carol Hamilton Finch

    July 1, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you for your reviews, they saved me a lot of money

  6. Pat

    July 18, 2021 at 4:42 am

    Dear Jimmie – thanks for your honest/candid feedback. I will definitely not pursue Barefoot. I am a published author, having published a book of poems. One of my grandsons is also a published writer, having published, last year, a teen fiction novel. If I may say so myself, our books are great and well written. However, it’s very difficult to get exposure and to successfully market ‘without breaking the bank’; albeit, there is no bank to break! Everyone who claims to want to help us succeed, invariably tries to ’empty our pockets!’ I would love to be able to earn good money writing. I know it’s possible, because I have a penchant for writing and think I write very well. I just don’t know how to find a genuine and honest avenue. I am always receiving calls from publishers, promoters and marketing companies who claim to have my best interest at heart with a view to making my book and my grandson’s book successes. However, when I research their backgrounds I come up with very unfavorable reviews. I am beginning to wonder if unknown writers like myself and my grandson can ever be successful in this arena.

    • Deborah

      October 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm

      Hi, It sounds like your books may be very interesting! Can you tell me the names of both of your books? I really want to give them a read.

  7. PayME_NotTheOtherWayAround

    August 24, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Any ‘job’ in which you have to PAY in order to get is NOT one that you should pursue! BEWARE and STEER CLEAR!


    Any ‘job’ in which you have to PAY in order to get is NOT one that you should pursue! BEWARE and STEER CLEAR!


  8. Sam manz

    October 6, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Thank you.
    In summation we can safely conclude that Barefoot Writer is in fact a scam to get unsuspecting and untalented wannabe writers to part with substantial sums of money.
    Success (on their part) isn’t even a realistically attainable option.

  9. Mrs.C

    October 20, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    I just signed up with AWAI / Barefoot Writer and it’s been less than a week and all I see when I ask a question to them is more UPCHARGING and CROSS CHARGING!!!!
    This is what is called, Bait and Switch if you ask me, you think you’re getting one thing, and you end up with a completely different ball of wax.
    They claim they have a 12 month refund policy, and I think I will most likely use the refund, it’s disgusting how they do this to people, especially in historical times of covid.. shame on them!!
    Wish I had seen this article before I signed up!! I am mad at myself now but once burned, twice shy!

  10. Bevan Mc Kenna

    October 26, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you for this review. I am also a published author, like many of those who have previously reviewed. I have edited, ghost written, collaborated, etc., and was looking for a means to expand my services, if you will. Barefoot writers sounded like it was worth exploring. I am expecting to ‘hear’ their spiel in upcoming emails, which I shall now review, if at all, with a grain of salt!

  11. L. Martin

    November 13, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    If it sounds too good to be true, well . . . you get the idea. As a published author and freelance editor, I can tell you instant success is as rare as hen’s teeth. Three suggestions: One, avoid bait-and-switch, pay-per-click tactics like this one (there’s a reason for all those ads). Invest instead in a writing program after doing your due diligence. Two, consider the source of all those so-called success stories and 4-star reviews. Three, join an online writing support group that does NOT require a subscription. Good luck!

  12. Tomika

    December 17, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    I’m glad I have read this article before trying to explore the “possibilities”. Maybe I am a “wanna be” writer, but I know in my heart that I am good. I have written many of poems and I also write short stories. I am in the process of writing a few fiction books now. I have ideas for book series’ as well. I still need to put them to paper. I just started to dive into book writing for the first time in years. I have been in local papers such as Street Vibes and even high school papers. I went to college only for a semester for my writing. I was majoring in English and I was a honors student at that. It’s in my blood to write I know it is. I just don’t know how to honestly get out there. Thank you again for saving me from this lead to no where.

  13. David Chin

    April 5, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    I visited Barefoot Writer and marveled over all of the positivity and the glowing reviews. After wondering if these people were on the up and up, I googled a search for reviews of this site and found this article. It was very informative and answered my question, “What’s in it for them?”

  14. Barefoot and Bare pockets

    July 23, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you so much for your honest and detailed review. I was seconds away from clicking the button to hand over undisclosed amounts of money to move me in the direction of fulfilling my desire to become a freelance writer. After your insightful review, I will definitely abandon that path, and instead do more research and continue to hone my skills.

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