I love what I do, even when I'm not paid much but I do have my limits. Before I went back to college, I refused to write anything for a dollar or less (in some countries, a buck goes a little ways). I also created an online portfolio so there would be no need for an unpaid "sample". Recently, I went through a list of companies and found some to be a little demanding or they were at capacity. Anyway, one company I applied with was interested but they not only wanted a 600-word sample but wanted for me to fill out a questionnaire that bordered on rude. They requested a copy of my diploma or degree, wanted to know my age, and wanted a quick turnaround on the unpaid sample. I've been at this long enough to realize that many of these places don't have staying power like Ford, Microsoft, or Xerox, so why should I send them my life story when they may be history in the next 5-10 years. Thoughts?