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  • Writer's pictureHannah Duncan

25 things freelancers hear the time


I average about 65 emails a day, and *SPOILER* around 45 will be press releases. I think every journalist can relate to this. But freelancers get a few extra surprises thrown in the mix... Here are 25 some of the weird and wonderful requests I get from completely random people ALL THE F*CKING TIME.



👉 Can you turn this around by tomorrow?

👉 It's unpaid, but great for exposure


👉 Sorry! The invoice got stuck in a backlog


👉 I saw your article and thought you'd like to hear about our product


👉 You're a journalist? Let me tell you about my company


👉 I've got some news that you'll want to write about. We have a new head of HR


👉 Can I pay after I decide to publish on my website?


👉 You should take some time off and try to work less


👉 It's a very competitive rate - 22p a word


👉 The feedback process usually takes 2-3 weeks


👉 We don't really have a content strategy right now ... Do you think we need one?


👉 Can you make it a bit more salesy? You've hardly mentioned our product


👉 We're looking for a freelance writer to join us four days a week.


👉There are our standard rates for English copywriting, I’m sorry you feel this way*.


👉 Just quickly... How do you write an article?


👉 The payment will go through on Friday (Spoiler: It never does)


👉 And can you get our articles into the press, maybe the Financial Times?


👉 We don't have any SEO keywords or anything


👉 We were hoping you could get started straight away


👉 How do you feel about ChatGPT?


👉 That's a bit more than we were hoping to pay


👉 If you're ever writing an article about [insert super obscure topic here], you should interview [insert family member here]


👉 When are you going to start hiring people?


👉 I've written a blog! Could you re-share it?


👉 Go on! Make me jealous. What's the temperature like over there? 😋 ☀️



... I've also had some creepy ones. Maybe for my next post, I will put a list of the 25 most pervy messages I've ever had back from interviewees...



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*I copied and pasted this line directly from an email. ICS Digital have a particularly extortionate rate for freelancers:

500 words

£18

600 words

£21

700 words

£25

800 words

£28

900 words

£32

1000 words

£36

1100 words

£39

1200 words

£43

The person who reached out to me in July 2020 expected me to write articles on Finance, Forex, Cryptocurrency (which takes about 3 days) for under £40 each. That is so far below minimum wage that I don't even have words. Disgusting, right? And they have big name clients, who I am sure pay a lot for the articles!

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