Are you finding yourself searching for a gig that meets all of your needs - but you’re also afraid of giving your money to a shady seller?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Lucky for you, I’ve put together a few helpful tips that could be just what keeps your hard earned money from falling into the hands of a shady seller.
Here’s exactly why you need to do, BEFORE buying ANY gig:
Ask questions - And this doesn’t have to be a ridiculous amount of back-and-forth messaging either. You can learn a lot about a seller and their gig by just asking these three questions:
Can you please send me some samples of your work?
What is your website URL (if applicable)?
[Edit: As there was a lot of concern regarding whether this request violates the fiverr TOS, I contacted fiverr support to ask if a seller requesting website URLs (relevant to a gig), is a violation. Thanks to the help from Mitch from support, he responded with this:
"To protect our users’ privacy, user identities are kept anonymous.
Requesting or providing Email addresses, Skype/IM usernames, telephone numbers or any other personal contact details to communicate outside of Fiverr in order to circumvent or abuse the Fiverr messaging system or Fiverr platform is not permitted.
Any necessary exchange of personal information required to continue a service may be exchanged within the order page.
Therefore, asking a seller if they’d be okay to share a website URL, in which you are able to view samples of their work, is not a violation of fiverr’s TOS, UNLESS you intend to continue further contacting them outside of fiverr.]
and my favorite:
- Are you willing to perform a super small task for me, so I can see if your services match what I need done?
Now, #3 might seem a little weird at first, but hear me out. The reason you’re asking these questions (and these three questions only) is so you can get a feel of the personality of your seller.
[Edit: Even if a seller absolutely cannot accommodate ANY of the above, you as the buyer are just looking to see what the seller CAN do for you. For instance, you might come across a seller who cannot accommodate the above requests, but they are willing to at least answer questions you might have about the actual gig (e.g. How does this work? How long until I see results? etc…).
I guess the question you’re going to ask yourself is: How stubborn is my seller?
Although it would be ideal that the seller you’re contacting would be able to accommodate ALL three of these things, you’re ACTUALLY just trying to learn how flexible they’re willing to be with you.
#3 is my favorite, and here’s why:
One, it comes super handy when you’re contacting a new seller, or even someone who is actually new to selling the services they’re offering in general.
(Fun fact: I happen to be one of many fiverr sellers who first started out their business here on the fiverr platform.)
Two, a seller should (for the most part) be able to accommodate this one. As a matter of fact, I learned this from a buyer who asked me to do this when I first started out - since I didn’t have any samples of my work to show him. This helped him determine whether he wanted to hire me for the rest of his project (and he did).
What should the “super small” task be?
It should literally be a tiny version of the project you need done (maybe like 1/8th or 1/4th of the actual project). I mean it. TINY. Don’t be rude and expect the seller to perform an ENTIRE project for free. Don’t do that. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for failure (as in failure to find anyone who would want to do business with you). Remember: You’re mainly doing this to test the flexibility of the seller, NOT so you can get as much free work done as possible.
And the conclusion to this is simple: If a seller becomes purposely dismissive of one or all of these three questions, and/or does not show any willingness to be flexible, beware that they may potentially be a poor, or worse, shady seller.
**Please Note: The above tips were intended to simply help buyers make a more informed decision when buying gigs. The inability to accommodate one or all of the three requests above does not automatically make a seller a “bad person”. For the most part, most fiverr sellers SHOULD be able to accommodate at least ONE of the three. If you are a seller who is unable to accommodate any of the above requests, it’s okay. Tell your buyers the areas you CAN be flexible in.
I hope this helped.