I’ve gotten 3 in the last week - I don’t think they’re the same person, but it’s the same thing every time. They start out with a compliment, or ask me about my work/availability like a normal client, then they ask me if I’ve ever worked with an agency. So far, so good - yes, I have agency experience, how can I help?
I think the cluster of them have given no less than 4 different business-speak terms for the same damn thing - essentially, presenting themselves to potential clients as a writer, even though they have no experience or skill, then hiring services from a freelancer like me, undoubtedly skimming off a healthy chunk for themselves in the process.
Now, I have no issue with middlemen, particularly when they absorb the BS that I’d otherwise have to deal with from difficult clients, but these guys all specifically requested that I give them my permission to take either copies my portfolio pieces or the text of my recent Fiverr reviews and post it on their own website for “social cred” for their new assumed identities as creatives.
…uhhh…what? No. They got really frosty after I gave them a hard no. I’d told each one earlier in the conversation that all I cared about was getting the work parameters, doing the job, and getting paid my asking rate - if they marked it up as a pass-through, that’s between them and their client, not me. But my reviews? Nuh-uh. I earned them. Ditto with my portfolio - that’s mine. Worse, they wanted my green light to do all this without paying me a dime - I was born on a Thursday folks, not last Thursday!