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Real V/S Fake Freelance Writing Clients
By Ritika Tiwari / September 29, 2015 / Comments: 1

I have been asked this question way too many times by freelance writers and I thought writing a post about it would be the right thing to do. Though I have been lucky enough to not encounter many fake clients, but the one fake client made me more careful than ever.

The problem that most of the writers face is – they don’t want to be left high and dry by a client but at the same time they also don’t want to grill a client too much and scare him away. While I have been doing this for long and I know when to reject a client, it can be difficult when you are new.

Here are some ways to notice fake freelance writing clients and chuck them off-


  1. Fake clients will never haggle

If I am not interested in paying you, I would never haggle with you in the first place and waste my time. First thing to do is to see how the client reacts when you discuss pricing. If they are least interested in what you are charging then they are probably not hoping to pay you for it.

Fake clients often ask you to write free samples and try to lure you in by saying they would pay for the piece if they like it. (They will never pay for it !)


  1. Always ask for information about your client

Most of the reputed clients either have an email address with a personalized domain or they have a signature which tells you everything about them and their company. If you still cannot find much information about the client, don’t be afraid to ask. Always ask about their company, its location and their contact number.


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