Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great day and you are all keeping safe during these less than favorable times.
So I joined Fiverr back in October of 2019 as a way to earn some quick extra cash while providing services I’m good at, but I ultimately left the platform after, surprisingly, making $50 on my first gig and I didn’t return again till earlier in this month of May.
I put a lot of focus into it and I’m seeing some very positive results and getting a near steady stream of work. On top of that, I’ve been getting perfect 5-star ratings and it makes me SO happy!!..Buuuuut now I’m afraid that I might do something wrong and lose my rating!
It didn’t matter to me much before but now I feel like any wrong move could cost me and I will forever be stuck at a 4.9-star (if I’m lucky) or worse!! Cause from what I gather once you LOSE that perfect 5-star, you are NEVER getting it back.
Everything came to a head (a rather bad one) this past Monday (wait, Tuesday!) when I got a gig offer very close to my closing time around when I stop accepting offers (I offer a lot of 24-hour gigs and I don’t like accepting them close to my bedtime). He explained his situation to me and I reluctantly accept because of his assurance that it will be quick and easy, and if all goes well he’d be hiring me on a near-daily bases (I checked his profile and it all seemed legit, in fact, it was). I did it, sent final samples BEFORE the custom gig was even created just to make sure he liked it, he said yes and I made the gig and sent the final sample over to him. At that moment I was even happy and smug that I made and completed a gig within seconds, thinking I’d set some kind of Fiverr World Record or something…So I waited for him to mark the order as complete and go to bed when—He asked for a revision. Wasn’t particularly pleased with what I sent…
When I tell you that I P A N I C K E D . . .
Instantly my mind begins racing, and fearing I’d fallen into the trap of a bad buyer who would destroy my rating. I go into panic mode and push myself to the limit and did the revision and sent it over (all this happened within the span of 30 mins mind you). He leaves me hanging and I reluctantly go to bed a panicked anxiety-driven mess till I woke up the next day to see he left a 5-star rating and a nice comment.
I took a 2-day break from Fiverr after that (because headaches) and only just returned today…to the same guy asking me for my services again…(Okay that sounded nasty XD)
I don’t want to go through that mental anguish and torture again, so after reading my short novella story, any advice out there from someone who’s been in this spot and can tell me what to do going forward? Should I be this stressed about the 5-star rating or it’s just a waste of time that will lead me to an early grave?
Thanks in advance to anyone that responds (or even if you’ve just read this far!) and have a great day!