Do not be fooled by friendly people who want something from you. Say no to free work or work without an order first.
There are some out there who are very good at seeming polite, friendly, appreciative of your work, as if they are your friend when actually all they want is you to do free work.
They might try to get you into long chats with them. Don’t do this. Your time is worth money even if you are simply chatting. I just put this here for general information.
They might tell you about their problems, or otherwise get sympathy, or complain about other sellers, or promise more work in the future. The longer they try to simply get you to chat with them the more cautious you should be of them. Don’t spend a lot of time simply chatting. This will not be to your benefit, only theirs.
Think of all the time you spend as money. It all has value including any time you spend simply chatting or discussing a project.
So this is a warning to be suspicious of those who tell you personal problems, wanting you to talk about them. Or have too much discussion while never placing an order. Do not be fooled.
In this business of freelancing you need to have very strong boundaries. Put up a block or a defense and be able to shut down long conversations without orders. Stick to your boundaries. If you are not being paid, do not chat, do not engage. Do not make the mistake of thinking someone is your friend here. You are here to do a job for pay only.
Have strong boundaries and don’t be too nice.