I also try to cut down on the time wasters. If I don’t have enough information to send them a custom quote by message 3, I tell them we have a ‘difference in communication styles’ and respectfully decline their work.
The one that annoyed me the most was this lady that wanted me to write about planning green cities. At the time, I actually had an IRL internship writing for a water sustainability non-profit. I told her that, but then was honest and told her knew nothing about planning cities.
Then said I wouldn’t mind doing the research if she still wanted to hire me.
From there, she asked two more times (in slightly different ways) if I knew anything about planning cities. I repeated that I didn’t. She asked me if it was a topic I was interested in. I’d already said that I was.
I got the sense, she wanted me to beg for the sale, which is the case a good deal of the time, when it comes to these multiple messengers. I’m not going to beg for a sale, because I know the quality of my work, and I know that buyers need me just as much as I need them.
I turned down that sale, and I turn down all other sales that haven’t resulted in a custom quote by message three.
Some buyers want to be wooed, and I’m not doing that.