First off Merry Christmas!
As for my rant, I started on Fiverr a year ago after two years working on other sites and my own website where I offer professional writing services. My impressions at first? Well, to be honest, I wasn’t very impressed. However, Fiverr quickly became great for filling in the slow days on my other platforms and I invested a lot more time into Fiverr in the second half of this year, only stopping recently due to a personal tragedy which I had to take some time out of everywhere to deal with.
The problem then, is that now that I am back, I’m having a really hard time with the majority of potential buyers. For instance, when I started on Fiverr, I would get messages like;
Are you able to write 500-1000 words on this product/service?"
Then the potential buyer would send me a link to whatever their service is and I would respond in the affirmative if I could do the work, or apologize if I didn’t feel that I was suitably qualified.
In the latter part of 2015 though, I’ve been inundated with messages like:
“I need content writing.” - (Literally that’s it).
Or I am being sent everything from requests for work where buyers themselves don’t even seem to know what they want, to requests which try to get me to agree to do work before telling me what the work in question actually is.
Don’t get me wrong. I have some fantastic buyers here on Fiverr. The only problem is that about 60% of the messages I get everyday seem to be from complete idiots and… well, you know you have to reply.
As for why this is, since I don’t get these kind of messages or work requests on my other platforms, I’m pretty sure it’s due to higher amounts of people using Fiverr as a reselling platform. i.e they have trouble giving me a real job brief because they don’t actually understand what their client is asking for in the first place. Moreover, I don’t mind people reselling my gigs. I actually resell work myself if I get overbooked. However, Fiverr seems to be turning into somewhere where I just long into everyday to send several messages saying, “sorry, I won’t be able to help you with this at the present time,” as well as requests for more information from potential orders who I can half understand what they want, but not fully.
For me then, Fiverr is loosing a bit of it’s value to me as a seller, simply due to the work I have to do responding to the kind of messages in question. What I want to ask in this case, is is this just me? Or is anyone else having this problem and if so, how are you managing it?
I look forward to any responses, and all the best again for the holiday season.