I've never understood why any writer would ever agree to work on, let alone actually deliver
anything before it's paid. Essay companies don't take any orders until they're fully paid and neither should any freelance writer. In fact, there's probably no product of any
type that can be ordered online without being paid for in full when you place the order, and custom essays should be no different. If a client wants to limit his potential risk with a new writer, he can simply order and pay for just the first few pages of a project first; and more generally, it should always be up to the client how many pre-paid pages of a longer project to order at a time. Obviously, that means clients can't wait until a day or two before their deadlines just to start contacting prospective writers.
If the client does wait until there's only a ridiculously short time left before his deadline, his
procrastination shouldn't become the writer's problem. In those cases, it's the client, not the writer, who has, essentially, eliminated the client's option of limiting his risk by ordering the project in smaller pre-paid sections. The suggested solution of writing and delivering 5 pre-paid pages every few hours all day long isn't that practical, because unless the client is available to receive each email and issue the subsequent payment immediately upon receipt of each section, the writer is inconvenienced by having to choose between waiting for each payment before continuing work or doing more work on the project before it's paid. It's not impossible, but (again) it turns the client's procrastination into the writer's problem and/or unnecessary inconvenience. Generally, nobody is assigning 10 or 20-page projects to students a day or two (or even a week) before they're due; those projects are usually assigned very early in the term and not due for months. So, if a client burns 7.5 weeks off an 8-week deadline, that shouldn't be the writer's problem and it shouldn't be the writer who needs to take a risk or be inconvenienced because of it.
I've suggested many times that clients should try out any new writer with a very short project and a long deadline first, before ordering a longer project or one with a very short deadline. In the worst-case scenario, at least you can still get the project from someone else in time for your deadline. If you wait until the end of a term to contact writers you've never used before for a big important project, you're putting yourself, totally unnecessarily, into a bad position where you don't really have a chance to limit your risk anymore. As between who should fairly have to take the risk of getting burned, the writer didn't cause that problem in the first place and getting burned for 20 pages (or whatever) of hard work that doesn't get paid by the client is just as bad as getting burned for the money when some writer doesn't deliver a pre-paid project as promised.
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