We've all been there... applying to a job or speaking to a prospective client, and they ask for a free sample to evaluate your work.
What's your standard response to this request? How exactly do you word it, if you want to start a working relationship with this person?
I recently applied to a gig where an email was blasted to all applicants asking us to write a sample. I wrote back & asked if it would be paid at the advertised rate... they said no, as I expected, that it was a sample to evaluate my skills and wouldn't be published by them.
Here's how I responded:
Thanks for the quick answer. As a professional who makes a living from my writing, I'm unable to take the time to write free samples for prospective clients. No offense, but I have bills to pay 🙂
You can get an idea of my skills by checking out my portfolio [link]. If you'd like to discuss hiring me to write an article for [website], I'm still available to book new clients through September.
It was worded kind of harshly because it wasn't a topic I'm very interested in writing about, and I doubted they would actually pay me when they're probably getting tons of free samples from other writers.
But I'm just wondering how I could respond if it's a client I'm very interested in working with.
Do you have a standard response? Please share here 🙂