Eoin, firstly, I never ask for extra payment for work. I am very careful how I communicate with well-intentioned buyers who have demanded a little more without realizing what they are asking.
i.e. I had a buyer last week who kept on asking for revisions on a video due to their script changing. I got to three, delivered the latest version and said, ‘hey, just so you know, even a change of text on one scene of your video requires at least half an hour rendering time. In this case, please note that I will be happy to provide another revision FOC but after this, I will need to charge $5 as per the terms outlined in your original order.’
Short story, yes they needed another revision as their script changed again and yes they got it FOC. However, this person’s total order came to $25 and after they were happy they left me a $20 tip. In no way was I begging. I just recognized this person as someone who had genuinely good intentions but perhaps didn’t understand just how much work was going into their order and I gave them a friendly, ‘look, your starting to take the pee.’
This is why I only ever do this with genuinely well-intentioned buyers.
As for you too being afraid of the big bad over $5 benchmark, don’t be. The push for me came when I had 2 huge orders which I couldn’t deal with and decided to outsource. I hired a TRS writer and a non TRS writer with more reviews than me, (all of which were fantastic). BOTH then delivered me absolute garbage and the TRS persons work even came up as heavily plagiarized. In fact, I have since dealt with another TRS who seems to be an, ‘I’ll copy and paste this and substitute a few words here and hope that everything is okay’ kind of writer.
Now, I am nowhere near perfect. I do deliver work with spelling and grammatical errors occasionally. (Not intentionally and these are always corrected even if the buyer doesn’t notice but I do). However, when I saw what some other ‘writers’ were delivering for $5, I simply thought, you know what, it’s not about word count, it’s about quality. More than that, I don’t want to work on a platform where my prices are set the same as people around me who are actually delivering absolute garbage to their clients.
Of course, this sounds like I am blowing my own trumpet a bit but really I’m not. You’re a keen businessman, Eoin. Don’t hold yourself back because of an idea of what people expect in regard to word count. Instead, put yourself ahead of your competition by saying, ‘hey, with me you get the word count but you also get something genuinely readable. - You just have to pay a little more for real quality.’
Honestly, do it. Expect a possible drop in sales, tell your best regulars that you will be happy to work for the same prices as usual for a while (but not indefinitely), and to quote the man with the worst hair in the world. “beautiful things will happen.”