Don’t Believe The Buyer If They Say…

Do this one cheap (or free) and we’ll make it up on the next one.

We never pay a cent until we see the final product.

Do this for us and you’ll get great exposure! The jobs will just pour in!

On looking at sketches or concepts: “Well, we aren’t sure if we want to use you yet, but leave your material here so I can talk to my partner/investor/wife/clergy.”

Well, the job isn’t CANCELLED, just delayed. Keep the account open and we’ll continue in a month or two.

Contract? We don’t need no stinking contact! Aren’t we friends?

Send me a bill after the work goes to press.

The last guy did it for XXX dollars.

Our budget is XXX dollars, firm.

We are having financial problems. Give us the work, we’ll make some money and we’ll pay you. Simple.


I found this list of freelance lies from reading a blog that linked to a blog, which linked to another blog. It actually turned out to be geared towards freelance artists, not necessarily writers, but it is incredibly relevant for writers. Check the page out, it gives insightful reasons for why these comments from buyers are suspect.


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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. make money online…

    Thanks for the great post! Looking forward to many more. B>)…

  2. OMG! I just had someone told me the first item on your list. Thanks for this warning. It is really helpful. I guess, in the end, we need to look for quality service buyers in reputable online marketplaces and trust our gut instincts in the first place. Cheers!

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