I am not a fan of the Skype idea. All I want is the brief. I don’t want a chit-chat about “needs”. I want a written document telling me what I need to do (I use a questionnaire) that I can refer to when I am working. Besides, these “consultation” sessions can always turn into 45-minutre free brainpicking sessions without any gig coming through in the end.
Only yesterday, a nice young British person transformed from a gushing “I love your profile” to a “YOU ARE EVERYTHING THAT MAKES FIVERR SHIT” kinda buyer because I suggested that if they wanted to discuss a basic ($10) rewriting gig to ensure that I yadda yadda blah, I’d have to charge a consultation fee. When pressed as to why, I told him it was because for $10, it wasn’t worth my while.
Apparently that makes me an extortionate unprofessional who misleads with hidden fees. That said, maybe they will behave a bit better when they can be seen and heard. I somehow doubt it though–those Little Power Lords of their Empire who own their slaves for $5 probably won’t think anything of it. Did I mention this charmer also wanted to put me on his–no doubt huge–blog to EXPOSE me as a FRAUD?
Perhaps having a recording of this epic rant to then share to the world via YouTube and some careful SEO would have been fun. I am on the fence. I also agree that the pervs may just do what they do best with surprise pervery.