Although this hasn’t happened to me yet, I feel this is a valuable enough topic to write about in the forum (and so I hope you get something out of it)!
In the past, I would send out custom gigs with no time expiration…
My thought process was that when the buyer gets around to it, they’ll hopefully accept : )
Only after going into ‘out of office’ mode did the thought of outlying, unaccepted gigs begin to bother me.
“What if they suddenly accept an old custom gig that I don’t see it while on vacation?”
“Would the gig timer run out, leaving me with a lessened completion rate?”
I began to think that maybe custom gigs couldn’t be accepted while I was ‘out of office…’ then I thought back to a time when I had ‘out of office’ mode on and sent someone a custom gig (for a small project) that was able to be accepted.
And so the bottom line is that outlying, unaccepted custom gigs that you send out in the message center can be accepted at any time (even while you’re out of office).
My new policy moving forward is to always set an expiration - whether it’s up until my next vacation or for just a few days. In doing so, I can prevent unexpected accepted gigs from coming in at inopportune times.
Although some of this might seem like common sense, I certainly didn’t realize the value of setting a custom gig expiration until I thought this through.
I hope this helps!