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Anyone else get irritated when you see these types of jobs?

mikemckinney17
Ace Contributor

I keep seeing these types of job listings,

 

"I have a large job that needs to be done by the best freelancer available, it pays well...yada yada...

 

But FIRST!!!

 

I need a sample, I'll send you 1 video to edit(In my case, usually), and we'll take that to see if we like how well you do."

 

 

...This seems like flawed logic to me....I think someone could get all the work done with just the interviews if they really wanted to...

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researchediting
Community Guru

Linda,

 

For whatever it's worth, I have negotiated a thousand-word writing sample for $400, with the understanding that after satisfactory completion, I'll review my personal time logs to determine whether I can continue at that per-word rate or need to adjust it higher or lower.

 

The agreement was accomplished through some sparse written exchanges, receipt and review of product samples from the client, and a couple of 20-minute phone calls in which we discussed (respectively) the clients' brief, and scope and rate for the trial job.

 

The point being: Yes, professionally-oriented clients may well seek samples, and should be willing to pay for them within your standard rate range.

 

Best,

Michael

Linda,

You're doing great!

I think you have the right attitude and will be successful as you move forward.

 

Turning to the community forum before actually doing something if you're unsure what to do makes a lot of sense, regardless of the specific situation.

Preston,

 

Thanks for the “You’re doing great!”

 

In this day and time, everyone needs to receive uplifting comments now and then, to lift their spirits.

 

We are not perfect, but we can always strive to better ourselves, regardless of the situation.

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