I am furious. Actually, I’m a mix of furious and bewildered.
I set up a gig writing cannabis/marijuana-themed content late last year. It has had a few orders. All clients so far have been thrilled with my work. However, none have left a review. At least, not until just now.
The client was far from an ideal client. They placed a bulk order on my package for 1-article delivered in 1-day, They didn’t give me a link or any background to their business, and neither did they respond to an immediate request for more information or a request to extend the delivery time on their order. They literally just said, "write something for our blog."
Now, I have had a ton of late orders this month, all because (funnily enough) of people ordering in bulk without contacting me in advance. In this case, I just pulled an all-nighter to get this order delivered on time.
Of course, prior to starting work, I also had to do quite a bit investigating, the results of which let me assume that the buyer is the owner of a California medical marijuana dispensary.
With this order, I decided that if the buyer let a review, I was going to leave them a scathing review raging about how you would literally have to be high to think it reasonable to order and not provide basic key details about your business. However, I then get a notification that the buyer has left a nice juicy $20 tip.
In this case, I left a 5-star review. After all, my buyer must have done the same if they were leaving a tip.
Sadly, what I got was a 4.7 star review. - And I’m furious about this. Having just 1 x review and it being less than 5-stars kills a gig. I know, because this is the third time I have created a new gig and attracted buyers who seem incapable of leaving a 5-star review.
My pet article writing gig was killed by a 4-star review from a buyer who got a ton of extra free work. (Because I really wanted a nice 5-star review.)
My travel writing gig was similarly killed by a buyer who complained that I had written about things to do for children in a family holiday resort. (Apparently, when the buyer said ‘family holiday’ they didn’t mean holidays for families with children.) And my Flippa description writing gig is probably dead because I had to cancel the only order I’ve ever received because the order instructions were literally "u there?"
It seems like every time I create a new gig, it is doomed to attract a picky, usually very difficult to work with buyer determined to ruin it.
The only upside is that I can always delete these gigs and make new ones.