I gain my clients in three different ways: through an online tutoring agency, through personal recommendation and through another organisation I am heavily involved with (so another form of recommendation really). Over the last year, I have noticed an increase in parents of potential students contacting me who seem very undecided as to whether they want to commit. This then takes the form of several email exchanges where they typically ask me if I will travel to them, will I give them free advice, how am I going to get them to learn, whether my fee is negotiable, whether I have heard of a little known syndrome which they are convinced is their child's barrier to learning ... I could go on. It can take up quite a lot of time responding to their questions. Most of them don't commit. I didn't experience this very much until about a year ago. The worst offenders by far seem to come from a tutoring website very familiar to many tutors on this forum. We're not allowed to name tutoring agencies on this forum, but the first part of its name is the first ordinal number. It seems to have changed the way it presents information about tutors to potential punters, so that certain details are less obvious, such as where lessons are to take place. However, it is not just the tutoring agency, I seem to be getting more parents who, despite my personally being recommended to them, seem very uncertain about what they want. I am always very clear about what I can offer and this used not to happen very much. Am I just having a run of bad luck, or are other tutors noticing this as well? I am not pushing my services onto anybody, but I am finding this quite draining now.