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This happens to me consistently. Launched an app last month and I now have daily emails of studios asking me to hire them.

Many of them don't have anything close in portfolio experience to what I have. Some of them want to charge outrageously cheap rates (but only for volume) - but being a lean one person startup, tbh, I can't really afford them.

How do you explain to others (especially studios) that despite the success of said app, you're just a one person studio (also, financial success is not quite there yet)... you can't really afford to hire them, and might sometimes appreciate it if they share jobs. (Actually, generally, I am very picky on what I take these days, so it is also unlikely that I would be interested in their job.)

  • Why close? This is a freelancing problem when you can do everything to try launching an product/app yourself but don't exactly have the capital to do beyond – ina Mar 3 at 0:00
  • Hasn't it worked explaining you're just yourself? Or are you looking to completely avoid these conversations? – morsor Mar 3 at 6:58
  • So I've had these conversations. The most common case is it's met with misunderstanding. It ranges from drama to next week, same spam. – ina Mar 3 at 7:47
  • There's just no way someone these studios are advertising to is going to convince them to essentially reverse the relationship they are trying to establish. They want your money.... they aren't going to be interested in giving you money. This is especially true for marketers using "spam" as a tactic. – Scott Mar 3 at 7:54
  • This is what spamcop.net is for. – Chenmunka Mar 4 at 18:04
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Based on your comments, I get the feeling you explain too much. The longer dialog you accept having, the more they get the feeling you could be convinced.

A simple, short and firm I'm not interested in collaborating with others should do.

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  • Upvoted both current answers, but I prefer the succinctness of this one. – Justin Mar 16 at 10:04
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I've built a few websites that have the same problem, but only occasional spam from a company wanting to "fix errors", "increase SEO", or something like that.

The way I respond to those contacts is silence. If it's an email or text, I delete it with no response. If it's a robocall, I hang up, or I punch random numbers to confuse their system then hang up. If it's an actual piece of mail, it goes in the "secure destruction" pile.

If it's a phone call, I simply state I'm not interested. Like morsor said, don't explain anything, and keep it short and simple. A sales person knows that if they keep you talking, you're likely to cave and buy. It's hard for them to sell something if all they hear is a dial tone. Although, don't be rude unless they just can't take "no" for an answer.

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