“Hi! I love your writing style and really find the attached samples informational. Your way of writing is exactly what we are looking for. Could you please write me a sample article on yada-yada-yada topic so that I can confirm if we can work this out or not?”
I don’t know about other writers, but for me, this is a fraud. The “potential client” may be sending the same message to many others just to get his work done, simple! And the best part? He doesn’t even have to spend a penny out of his pocket! What a wonderful idea for spammers! But you know I’m not one of those who actually bear what’s happening; I like to fight evil with evil! *Grim Reaper voice*
So, I have figured out the only BEST way to write an article for such a potential client. In the end, you would show him/her the final product, will know if he/she is interested in hiring you AND…he/she won’t be able to use your article!
Do PDFs work?
Nope. I tried, and indeed, I tried hard to convert these sample write-ups into read-only PDF files but the internet has cure for everything – a free-of-cost online tool can convert the PDF file back to Word doc. So what’s the point of going through the hassle of conversion in the first place?
Another possible option is that of signing the PDF document, but then again – the client can copywrite it onto a plain Word doc. And if by chance he/she is really interested in hiring you – giving him/her a signed PDF will definitely not show that you trust him/her and are comfortable taking this further. As a result, you lose a client!
There’s only one way to get it all sorted out, basically. I spent months figuring this out, but now that I have, I would love to share it with other writers so that no one really gets the chance to exploit your skills. Here’s what you do:
Create Your Own Blog, Silly!
Weebly is the answer to everything, Weebly! It allows you to create a free blog for as long as you want, for whatever you want. I don’t think there is any other portal which gives a writer such easy-to-use functionalities and step-by-step guides on how to create a blog. It’s just drag-and-drop, seriously. All you need is a blog name, a theme (there are hundreds of them ready to be published, you just need to click the one you like), and the post.
Whenever a potential client asks you to write a sample article, please, happily say yes! There could not be a better day than the one where you interest a potential client through your verbiage, is it? So, you write the article, blog post, press release in the Word doc, and submit it to the potential client right away!
Oh, did I forget to mention? Publish the finished write-up on your blog and share the link with the prospective client! It’s as simple as that. The content is already online, your client knows it isn’t plagiarized as it is your very own blog, you submit a complete Word document without showing any suspicion and most importantly, you share your blog to others – that’s a chance to make it grow!
This helps you amalgamate your portfolio, write on new topics and become a better writer at the end of the day. If the client is really willing to hire you, he/she would undoubtedly reply with some suggestions and/or questions. If he/she was just spamming you in the first place, he/she would automatically hush off because the content is already published online and the sample write-up is now worthless to him/her!
If the client insists on hiring you, please ask him/her if she would like the sample write-up and that you can remove it from your blog (Yup, Weebly allows you to do that with just one click!). In the end, you added something to your blog without taking out time for it. You handled the client very professionally (a big Hurray! for that), and, you did everything to prove your language skills.
Props to Weebly for providing us writers a portal which lets us design our own blog without prior experience. I have saved so many write-ups this way. Happy writing y’all! Spammy clients, we have found a way! ;)
Only an experienced freelance copywriter from Pakistan can help you with such tips and tricks. Heard about Shahroze Naeem? He's a pretty cool guy. Oh wait, that's me! Okay, self promotion for the win!