Well, with Fiverr being down at the moment, I can’t really do any work. In this case, I thought that I would post a tip for new sellers which I think is somewhat useful.
Now, as a writer, I get orders and messages every week which end with the line, “if this goes well, we will have lots of work for you.”
In many cases, delivered gigs and replies are then followed up with messages such as, “we need 10 x blogs per day,” or “100 product descriptions per week. This will be a long term job, this will be good for you etc…”
Are you a new seller who has just received something like the above? If so, you are likely wetting your pants with excitement. After all, a steady flow of bread and butter clients are the stuff that freelancer dreams are made of. However, my advice would be to drop these buyers like you would one of those annoying, too hot to handle train station coffees you get in little plastic cups.
I don’t mean that such orders should be cancelled. Rather, my own experience has demonstrated to me that the majority of these buyers are the absolute worst to ever enter into long-term working relationships with.
For one, such buyers will usually ask for a discount on bulk work. Don’t ever agree to this. These buyers will already be getting a fantastic deal from you and time is money. All offering a discount will do, is reduce the amount of time which you have left to spend working on other projects.
Secondly, be aware that in the long-term, you stand to make much more money from individual bundles and groups of clients than you do singular buyers who buy cut-price work in bulk.
For example, I recently turned down a 10 article a day long term project, simply due to the fact that on any one day I can sell individual articles + extras for $15-$30 a piece. In like manner, I have regular buyers who buy from me because they like my work and don’t expect discounts or freebies. In fact, they will often tip and order any extras they need which further helps me pump up my overall earning volume.
As a third point, many, “if this goes well” clients rarely follow through with promises to order as consistently as they say. In low sale periods, I have agreed to work on long-term projects. However, as well as having to turn down offers of new work after committing to such, the buyers in question have rarely, if ever followed through with consistent weekly or daily orders.
Sometimes this is because these buyers simply find someone else who will do the same job cheaper. However, in most cases, this is because these buyers are people selling on work and their project simply finishes or their own clients simply choose to work with someone else.
Lastly, a lot of theses, “if this goes well” buyers can be asses. Some will want to engage in heavy communication such as Skype calls and the like in order to make sure that you get their brief. Others will simply start treating you like you work for them and take your time for granted at every turn. Do they need a revision because they didn’t supply you with the right brief? Well, don’t expect them to pay extra. They are doing you a service remember, by sending you work in the first place.
Of course, the above doesn’t apply to regular buyers overall. The longer you work on Fiverr, the more regular buyers you will build up simply by providing great quality work. In my opinion, though, the “if this goes well” crowd should usually be avoided. Alternatively, say that you will be happy to work with them, just make sure to never discount. This and only accept orders which you can fit around a work schedule which won’t see you have to decline work from other buyers.