If anything, the opposite is true.
We both offer writing at similar price points. Pro people like @paulmaplesden offer writing at a much higher price point which they do because basically, their writing is better than ours. They sit down and commit time and in-depth research to articles which I don’t and shouldn’t be expected to for $8.
When someone asks that you provide work FOC which they will pay for later pending approval, they leave their quality expectations wide open.
It can be really tempting to take on work for people who say they will order regularly and pay big bucks but… You need to deliver prior to payment. In EVERY case, however, this will just hurt you.
Don’t listen to what people say on social media or elsewhere. You are not a charity and there is never a reasonable reason why you should be prepared to act like one.