So I found a potential client on Facebook, and he went to my Fiverr and messaged me. Granted, he might not have known how Fiverr works, but that is very little excuse.
He said he needed a long-term writer, but wanted to do a test article first. I was OK with that, as I still charge for my work regardless if it is a test article or sample work, so I said I would make him a custom offer.
He told me he wouldn’t even accept the offer until AFTER I wrote the article for him and he made sure that it was good. He said he wanted to make sure I was a “serious writer,” which I kinda take offense at the idea that I’m not a serious writer.
I don’t write for free, so I don’t even pick up a pen until the order goes through. He said he was asking various different writers for this test article, and he said he could not afford to pay for them all. Meaning, he wants me to write him a 500-word article, in his specifications, and potentially not get paid for it at all if he finds it’s not “up to par”. I would also have no way to cry foul about potential stolen work for no pay since no order was made and therefore no contract was formed.
Yea-no. That’s not how my rent gets paid.
So the jist of this is: Dear buyers: Don’t ask writers to make original samples and test work for you unless you agree to pay them for their work. Freelancers are not slaves, we have bills and family expenses too.