Collecting Jobs Outside Fiverr.......Is The Risk Worth Taking?


#1

This is like my 18th day or so at Fiverr and I have had several of my clients asking me to do a job for them outside the system. This is not usually stated categorically but with the giving of contacts. The question bogging my mind is this…should I lose this seasoned and well paying clients by reporting them or ride with the cloud? For all I know it could be one of the fiverr staff posing as a client.



Personally, am fine with the $1 that fiverr is collecting. As long as I continue to make daily sales am good. But what if some of these persons decide to go away if such personal attention is not given. Is there someone out here with similar challenge?



I really need some thoughts here so as not to go against the terms or offend my clients.


Buyer is asking for the cv to be send on the email id?
#2

As Fiverr’s terms of service you are not allowed to contact people outside of fiverr I think, I had such a request of my email address and I simply stated “However much I’d love to work with you outside of fiver unfortunately I can’t because It’s against Fiverr’s TOS.” That way you are staying friendly but have a good reason not to.


#3

I think we’ve all had it.

Personally? It’s not worth the risk because even if you get away with it a few times sooner or later you’ll get caught.



(I believe that Fiverr sends ‘Secret Shoppers’ that check quality and see if people will actually respond to such questions.). Maybe they don’t but I don’t want to be “That Guy” who get’s nailed. LOL



Anyhow. The right thing to do, as @originalh says is to simply decline their “Very tempting offer” saying that if you get caught, or even suspected that you’ll loose your Fiverr account. But make sure to add that you’d be more than happy to continue to work for them on Fiverr. Maybe offer a special deal for them and give them 3 gigs for purchasing 2… or something like that.


#4

I have had a few people who have contacted me and want be to do extensive genealogical research for them outside of FIVERR, I very kindly tell them that it is against Fiverr TOS and also most likely they would not be able to afford my private fees for extensive research.


#5

@originalh and bigbadbilly : Thanks so much fellow fiverrs! You wont know how much these anwers have helped. I cant imagine getting my account blocked; no matter how tempting the offer is. This seals it. Ofeten times, we like hearing opinions to be sure we are no off track.



Just as you refered, the shoppers could be CORE part of the system.



Thanks again friends.


#6

Not worth it. Don’t do it. Fiverr provides several opportunities for you to increase the return on your gig. The user can purchase multiple units of your gig or extras. No need to go elsewhere. Have you thought of why the buyer doesn’t want to go through Fiverr? If you take jobs outside Fiverr, what’s the guarentee you will get paid? What happens when there’s no super awesome Fiverr support team to turn to?



Fiverr means stability and getting paid. Don’t risk it.



Kim


#7

I would have to say this much. 98% of my clientele is Fiverr. I don’t refer people away from Fiverr and I even upsell if they want to purchase more services. The majority of my customers are either repeat buyers, friends of previous customers, or people who heard about me. Just offer your buyers more on Fiverr, don’t refer them away from it.


#8

Yes exactly. Fiverr is thriving more and more each day. The more media exposure and the more people who get referred to it the better.


#9

@kim_talented : Yes, you are right. Fiverr does provide opportunities for multiple gigs and even if there is a guarantee of getting paid and getting away with it, I would NEVER do it; not after all the advice. I turned down another buyer a couple of hours back. I was polite but I didnt get to hear from the buyer again…no probs. I am cool with it!



Thanks dear.


#10

@cust0mcr3ationz : One thing about these buyers is that they do the “lets work outside fiverr” stuff". You dont even have to initiate it; and I wonder why. It does seem suspicious and that is why I brought the matter up in the forum.



To say you guys have helped clarified the issue is an understatement. Thanks alot for your input.


#11

oldbittygrandma : Yes, you are right. The thought of working outside fiverr does eliminate vulnerability. I just thought of it. Even if the buyer pays upfront, he could still make complains to paypal and get your account limited or banned. Working DIRECTLY with fiverr eliminates all this risk I guess.



I am clarified on this issue now.



Thanks.


#12

Hey @jennifer_cork, I’m so glad you’re taking our advise. All the best to you!



Kim


#13

The line is always on the safer side. LOL



When you get potential buyers like that, sometimes they say stuff like: “Well, I’d like to work out a deal, maybe you can give me a discount because I’m looking to order so much. They then go on to say that you can’t do that on Fiverr.”.

I simply say… “Sure I can. Just message me the details and we’ll figure something out. You want 10 gigs, so how about you order 8 and I’ll give you 10”. That way you can still negotiate a price and still be on the good side of the proverbial line.



The hard truth is, anyone who’s trying to convince you to work outside Fiverr is doing it for a reason. Usually, there’s something fishy going on. Otherwise, why would they even ask? They’d simply order the gig.


#14

I actually posed a question like this on the LinkedIn site but it wasn’t approved. I have dealt with this scenario since joining Fiverr. I do small business and start up consulting on Fiverr and off of Fiverr. Of course, what I offer on Fiverr is the “do it yourself” version, whereas, off of Fiverr it’s more of a “we’re in this together” type of thing. The work on Fiverr takes me an hour to write up. The work off Fiverr takes me 3 weeks, at the least because I have to do research, get the background of the business, set goals and measurements etc and then I have to have an ongoing talk via Skype with my client - which costs way more than what I charge for the work I do on Fiverr. On Fiverr, I am in a better place now when it comes to payment but it still doesn’t come close to what I offer outside of Fiverr. I do have people who need more than what I offer on Fiverr but I can’t tell them what I do or how to find me because of the TOS. In my early days, I was busted for telling someone, through message, that the service they were requesting is something I didn’t offer on Fiverr - which lead him to ask what I charged off of Fiverr. I approached the Help Desk about it and I was told I couldn’t mention any off Fiverr work.

So I get both sides of this. Personally, I don’t have an issue doing one on one work without a middle man because I don’t take Paypal, I have a contract that my potential clients sign and I require a deposit upfront. But I do understand where Fiverr is coming from in terms of liability and if we all go outside of the site, they don’t make money. It’s like your best friend introducing you to the woman of your dreams and then running off with her. So I get what @madmoo is saying. Maybe Fiverr should find a way to unobtrusively capitalize off of those of us who do this on a grander scale.


#15

One way or another, “fiverr cops” will catch you and youll lose your fiverr job. Don`t risk!


#16

I have had a few people who have contacted me and want be to do extensive genealogical research for them outside of FIVERR, I very kindly tell them that it is against Fiverr TOS and also most likely they would not be able to afford my private fees for extensive research.


#17

@originalh and bigbadbilly : Thanks so much fellow fiverrs! You wont know how much these anwers have helped. I cant imagine getting my account blocked; no matter how tempting the offer is. This seals it. Ofeten times, we like hearing opinions to be sure we are no off track.



Just as you refered, the shoppers could be CORE part of the system.



Thanks again friends.


#18

Not worth it. Don’t do it. Fiverr provides several opportunities for you to increase the return on your gig. The user can purchase multiple units of your gig or extras. No need to go elsewhere. Have you thought of why the buyer doesn’t want to go through Fiverr? If you take jobs outside Fiverr, what’s the guarentee you will get paid? What happens when there’s no super awesome Fiverr support team to turn to?



Fiverr means stability and getting paid. Don’t risk it.



Kim


#19

I would have to say this much. 98% of my clientele is Fiverr. I don’t refer people away from Fiverr and I even upsell if they want to purchase more services. The majority of my customers are either repeat buyers, friends of previous customers, or people who heard about me. Just offer your buyers more on Fiverr, don’t refer them away from it.


#20

Yes exactly. Fiverr is thriving more and more each day. The more media exposure and the more people who get referred to it the better.