We’ve all seen buyer requests that are a bit hazy in details. I often see some that I can do, and do well, but there are not enough details to submit an offer with a definite price.
Let me give you an example: There are often requests to review a book manuscript.
Since I know a lot about commercial novels (plot structure, scene structure, use of descriptive words, spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc), I immediately wonder what kind of help is needed. And further more, how many words the manuscript contains.
At this point I don’t have enough information to even guesstimate a price and delivery time, so I will sometimes mention that I have further questions and I am not able to quote a definite price. So I will put 1 day as a delivery date, and $5 as a price.
Big mistake! The example above is extreme, but I submitted an offer similar to this a few days ago, and it’s just been accepted. In my case it’s a bit under priced, and the deadline is a bit tight! Obviously I will go through with the order at my own expense because I gave my word. But my question is, how do YOU deal with this when Fiverr makes the price and delivery date a mandatory field in an offer, even if you don’t have enough information from the buyer request to quote properly?
Going back to the example above, if I over-quote for a simple job, the buyer will just skip right over my offer. If I under quote for a complex job and the offer is accepted, I’m at a loss? What to do? Convince them that they need to purchase a gig extra?