So I just noticed a trend… It is somewhat normal for buyers to come asking for samples of your past work, just so they be sure that their work is safe with you or perhaps, that you are skilled enough to the job.
It is excruciating that some of these people would come to asking you to do a sample of their own work; say, the supposed job is for you to be an everyday blog writer, they ask that you send one blog post on their niche as a sample to show that you understand and can research about them and be able to come up with a good article for them. You send this, and they are gone! Not even a single reply.In short, the original idea was for them to just get you to do a free job for them. I can imagine they’ll play the same game with other sellers and get themselves as many free blog posts as they want.
I only used article writing as an example. I’ve experienced this in almost all the gigs I offer. I’ve had a “buyer” come to me asking me to do a voice over of a script that he’d give me as a sample. What in the world! For crying out loud, I’ve done a few jobs in the past, simply ask for a previous work, a demo, whatever!
I’ve fallen victim of this scam twice now, and I thought to share. I think how to avoid this is to just stop sending weird samples. If the buyer is not cool with samples of your past work, let them go, the hugeness of the proposed pay notwithstanding.
If you have any other suggestions, please, let me know. I’m open to learning.