If you’re a seller considering messaging another seller for work, I have one thing to say to you:
Don’t. Not ever. Really. Never.
If you do, you could get your account suspended or banned - let me explain why…
You might think “where’s the harm in me messaging another seller to ask for advice or request work?” but there are a few issues with that thought:
- Other sellers don’t have any obligation to help you or provide advice (more on this below).
- Yes, you might be just one person sending a message, but there are many, many more people sending these messages to sellers every day.
- It’s against Fiverr’s Terms of Service to message sellers about anything other than enquiring for work.
- It’s spam - which means it’s bad manners.
- Sellers have to respond to all messages within 24 hours, or our response rate goes down.
- If that goes down too much, we can lose levels, which has other impacts.
- We don’t have the time to respond to you, as that takes time to do, which we could be spending earning money.
- We had to do the legwork to build up our business here on Fiverr, and we’re not just going to hand some of that business to a random seller who messages us.
To freelancers, time is money. Take a freelancer who earns $100 an hour. If it takes 15 minutes to reply to your question, that “costs” them $25 in lost work. If there are nine other people like you messaging them each week, and they respond to all of them, that’s $250. Our time is too valuable to do that.
As a result, when sellers message me looking for work, I have a standard response:
I am assuming you are contacting me for:
- How to get your gigs seen on Fiverr.
- How to earn more money on Fiverr.
- Me to provide you with work.
Randomly contacting other successful sellers on Fiverr is likely to get your account suspended. Instead you should:
- Review Fiverr Academy - https://www.fiverr.com/academy for advice on improving gigs, getting work, and promoting yourself.
- Post a question on the Fiverr Forum - https://forum.fiverr.com/ in the Fiverr Tips in the “Fiverr Tips” or “Improve My Gig” section.
Please do not contact me regarding the reasons above again. I am not able to help you.
You have been reported for spamming other sellers.
I then report them. Harsh? Perhaps. Necessary? Oh yes.
If you really want advice from other sellers, and you value their responses and time, message them and offer to pay them for their advice. If they are in a position to help you, they will raise a custom offer, then you pay, and they will actually take the time to provide you with quality advice.
This approach will not work if you’re writing to them looking for work - just don’t do that, it’s a really bad idea.
So, to summarize:
- Don’t ever write to other sellers looking for advice or work.
- If you do, you are likely to get reported, which can get your account suspended or banned.
- As sellers, we will never respond sympathetically to these requests for advice or work.
- If you really want advice, and you’re willing to pay for it, make that clear in your message.
- We did the legwork and learning ourselves, we expect you to do the same.
- Use the resources listed below for advice.
Resources and Advice for New Sellers
- Seller Help Center.
- “Community” section of Fiverr blog.
- Read “Fiverr Tips” and “Tips for Sellers” on this forum.
- Ask questions in “Improve My Gig” or “Conversations.”
These are all really useful resources, use them and love them.