Should You Write a Free Sample to Get a Freelance Writing Job?

Freelance Writing Job

If you’re a freelance writer, you’ve probably been asked to take a writing test or provide the dreaded writing sample in order to be considered for a freelance writing job. If you’re like me, you probably roll your eyes, perhaps break into a sweat, or have a full-blown anxiety attack over what you should write. Then, once you do write it and submit it, there’s no reply from your potential client. ARGH!

Like the blogger over a Make a Living Writing, she had this feeling in the pit of her stomach every time this happened:

We all know many shady websites ask for free writing samples, only to use them without permission or payment, and without extending any paid job offer.

She, like many freelance writers (myself included) wonders if it’s indeed worth it to keep writing those free samples. The short answer is, “yes,” mainly because almost every writing job, legit or not, will require it of you.

So, the next time you are asked for a writing sample, try not to think of it as a chore, but more like a way to a) expand your knowledge and b) build your portfolio. If you don’t hear back after submitting your sample, then just file it away for that next potential freelance writing job. That’s my plan, at least.

How about you? Have you ever submitted a free writing sample for a freelance writing job? What happened? Let me know in the comments!

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