I received this yesterday:
Hey man, thanks for those, excellent work as always.
Business on our end has exploded, there are now three active XXXX branches and three more on the way. We have improved our SEO strategy and have undergone restructuring, and the amount of articles required is about to increase to 10 per month from this month onward. (with more needed monthly as 2020 rolls out)
I know you like to keep your business on Fiver, but if you heavily increase the workload, would you be interested in working directly with each other outside?
You know your SEO and you are already a strong asset of ours. You mentioned a while back that we were one of the only legitimate xxxx businesses you do work for, and you have a great understanding of us service, how we work, what we do and how we do it.
I’d be really keen to hear your thoughts on this and if you had any other ideas. Thanks again mate
Now, this might seem flattering. However, I have already asked this buyer to not ask me to work off-Fiverr. Also, I know fine well that they have some deranged idea that working with me off-Fiverr might result in some kind of amazing discount. Because that’s what you do when you help get a business to the first page of Google, you work for less to celebrate…
So, I replied with:
I’m sorry but as well as this being against Fiverr TOS, there is no incentive for me to do something like this.
This increases my costs, delays and makes invoicing riskier, increases the amount of time I have to spend not just writing, but communicating, and reduces the amount of time I have available to work with other clients. That is why my off-Fiverr rates are considerably higher.
Given the above, I’d have to decline this offer, sorry.
In response, I get:
Hi Andy, I fully understand your position, thanks for the rapid response.
We are more than happy to continue through Fiverr. Would you be open to talking about reducing article costs going forward, now that we will be wanting to source 10+ per month?
Would it be possible for us to receive a special offer monthly for a bulk 10-15 article order at a better rate than standard?
I’m not just saying no here. I’m blocking the buyer.
I find it so insulting to be told that “business is booming,” before being first asked to work off Fiverr, then asked to offer a discount. However, it is not just that. This buyer told me that their business was expanding in November. It’s not really expanding though, other people are simply opening up new franchises. The buyer asked if I would be happy to work with the other franchisees.
Initially, I said yes. A few days later, the first came knocking to ask about my prices. They wanted a discount, even though the original business was paying my standard rate that already INCLUDES a discount equivocal to 1 free article.
I politely said no. Then I had to say no to the second franchise. Given that this was November, I am guessing that 2-months have now passed with said franchises hiring other writers, only for them not to be too impressed with the quality. In this case, they have got the original buyer to come along and ask again for a discount on their behalf.
On top of all that, who in their right mind lowers their prices on their previous years’ prices? How does that see my business grow or benefit in any way from your expansion? It’s like calling to say: "Hi, fantastic work as always, but because you are just some random bloke on the Internet who we guess does this for fun, can you lower your prices a bit?"
So now I’ve decided to throw them to the wolves. If they want to pay mek-seller prices, they can go crazy and have all the low-quality cake they want.