by jvjoe
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Will you do a 10 DAY FREE trail for a $195 monthly job? Your opinion is welcome.
#free #job #trail
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Don't really know what you are talking about. Please clarify
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Haven
    Depends what you're doing. We do trials because we manage to keep more than half the customers once they see the quality of service, that's the only reason to do that I'd say, maybe score a few reviews in the process
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  • Profile picture of the author jvjoe
    Okay, I make a comment on a post on SEO and someone likes it then contact me that if I can render such service to him but first will like a 10 day free trail before payment.
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    • Profile picture of the author talfighel
      Originally Posted by jvjoe View Post

      Okay, I make a comment on a post on SEO and someone likes it then contact me that if I can render such service to him but first will like a 10 day free trail before payment.
      So someone asked you if you can do a SEO job for them since you are an expert?

      I hope I got this right.

      I would offer this to them but they have to pay first. Why would you do this "job" for them and not get paid for it. Don't give them a free trial.
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    • Profile picture of the author OutsourceFactor
      Originally Posted by jvjoe View Post

      Okay, I make a comment on a post on SEO and someone likes it then contact me that if I can render such service to him but first will like a 10 day free trail before payment.
      A free trial of 10 days is going to be tough. I'm not saying that the guy asking you for free work is a scammer or anything like that but in the online community, you also have to protect yourself. What's your assurance? Will you actually get the job after 10 days? and is the amount of work going to be worth it for $195/month...
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      • Profile picture of the author talfighel
        Originally Posted by OutsourceFactor View Post

        A free trial of 10 days is going to be tough. I'm not saying that the guy asking you for free work is a scammer or anything like that but in the online community, you also have to protect yourself. What's your assurance? Will you actually get the job after 10 days? and is the amount of work going to be worth it for $195/month...

        Mea @ OutsourceFactor
        I would not trust someone who wants a free trial of this. It is either they want to get the service for a fee or they don't.

        If they are not willing to pay for it and want to try it first, don't provide them with any service.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
      Originally Posted by jvjoe View Post

      Okay, I make a comment on a post on SEO and someone likes it then contact me that if I can render such service to him but first will like a 10 day free trail before payment.
      Are you talking about free t-r-i-a-l-s or free t-r-a-i-l-s? As in:

      Trail - a path from point A to point B
      Trial - a test period to see how something works

      If someone is asking you to create a path for free for 10 days, that sounds like a waste of time.

      If someone is asking you to provide your services for free for 10 days, well...that sounds like a waste of time, too.
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      • I'm a freelance writer. I often see ads from potential employers asking for an unpaid sample as part of the application process. Some people do it, but it's just a scam.

        They get a bunch of responses to a job offer and each one does some free work. Presto! the job is done, probably quite competently, through the unpaid efforts of a lot of people thinking they're applying for a job.

        I wouldn't do it. No reputable individual or company would expect it, any more than they would expect to work for free themselves.

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        • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
          Originally Posted by BrightShinyObjects View Post

          I'm a freelance writer. I often see ads from potential employers asking for an unpaid sample as part of the application process. Some people do it, but it's just a scam.
          If I'm hiring an unknown writer I expect to see samples of their work so I can evaluate their ability. However, I do NOT expect to have the right to use the samples unless I pay for it. I think writers need to take a stand and make it clear if they do provide samples, they are not including any rights to use the samples.

          As for the OP, if someone asks you for a trial, if I needed the work I'd counter with a pro-rated offer. That way if they are sincere they'll get to sample your work at a lower cost That way you get enough to make it worthwhile to you if they take you up on it, but if they are just seeking out a freebie they'll go away and you don't lose anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Haven
    Think about whether it's worth your time. If you have to invest $ upfront when someone orders you $197 service, then I'd say no free trial. If you have a way around the upfront investment, then maybe that's an option.

    It's hard to give you a clear answer without knowing what exactly this service of yours is about
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    No. I would not offer a free trial if that's what you're asking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    You have to decide whether the potential job is worth the risk you're taking with your time. Or if your time could be used in a more productive way.

    In the past I have offered to do samples for a few people. Some produced reviews and future orders. Most did not. There are a multitude of freebie seekers in the IM world who seem to go from business to business asking for free samples or free trials with no intention of ever spending money with you in the future. So realize that you are taking a risk with your time. Another option is to consider a reduced trial rate. Then they are required to at least make some investment.

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  • Profile picture of the author jvjoe
    Thanks guys for your responses, really helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    No - I wouldn't word for free. You didn't apply for a job where you need to prove yourself.

    This customer contacted you and asked you to provide a service. I would ask for payment up front for 10 days. If they like the service, they can continue using you. If they don't like it they can stop using you.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrelk159
    I would not offer, because if the person is just takes the trial and then leaves you just lost income, giving a review copy is better or discounted price that way if the person leaves you won't get hit as hard.

    Also a review copy/discount is better than a free trial because it screens for people that are actually somewhat serious about your service and will actually purchase your services in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author cpwebsite
    $195/month is not worth a lot so I wouldn't recomend spending a lot of time or putting a lot of effort into it. Unless it was the money for like 2-3 hours of work, I wouldn't do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      I think I would, at the very least, take a (refundable?) deposit payment from them to cover the 10 days, first. Otherwise they may just be "trying it on" and you have no evidence that they're actually willing/able to pay at all? :confused:
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