I am a newbie, and three of my four Fiverr gigs have been through Buyer Requests. Two orders were great, and I was well paid. However, for two of them, I felt taken advantage of, and want to know how to avoid this pitfall happening again.
The two orders I had issues with both looked simple and straightforward. The first one was to proofread a letter the buyer had written to her landlord when she was angry and rewrite parts that needed it so she would sound more authoritative. I thought that would be easy enough and offered to do it for $5 since I wanted to start building my reviews. However, what she sent me was three double spaced pages of letter and two pages of background information. Both the letter and the background information were repetitive and rambling. But I had accepted the order, so I got right to work. It took me a bit of time to sort through the information and a lot of back and forth messaging for me to get a clear picture of what the letter needed to contain. I wrote an excellent letter for her. Afterall I needed a good review, but I feel like I worked for slave wages.
The second Buyer’s Request was a research paper of fewer than 3000 words that needed to be read for plagiarism and the plagiarised parts rewritten in 5 hours. I sent the customer my gig offer, and she accepted my offer. So I was happy until I saw that 68% of her document was plagiarised! I needed every bit of those 5 hours to finish the job which I thought would take 2 hours at most.
So my question is how can I avoid this? Is there a way to see the order before I accept it. If there is a way that would solve my problem. Also if I see the order and want to either not take it or counter offer a higher price, is that possible?