Maybe this isn’t the right place to post this because it may sound like a rant; but then, if you read between the lines you will catch the tip in it, so here goes: It is a fact that a lot of buyers on here expect the world from we sellers for $5, but when you come to think of it, sellers may be the ones encouraging that attitude.
I have a proofreading and editing gig, so let me use that category as an example. I come across a lot of gigs that say something like:
'I will proofread and edit 5000 words of
your document for $5.'
Now, isn’t that slavery? Why would anybody want to spend hours working on a 5000-word document for a measly $5 ($4 actually)?
Now when a buyer looks at my own gig that offers to proofread and edit 1000 words for $5 (which is very reasonable in my opinion), they may think I’m being greedy and overpricing my services, and just move on to the next gig.
I understand that sometimes sellers (especially new ones) may want to offer more work in order to make sales, but please, let’s all be reasonable. SELLERS, PLEASE STOP UNDERSELLING YOUR SERVICES. STOP MESSING UP THE MARKET AND RUINING BUSINESS FOR EVERYONE JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO MAKE MORE SALES. VALUE YOUR TIME AND EXPERTISE.
Obviously this applies to sellers in all the categories. Let’s stop encouraging some annoying buyer attitudes. I could go on and on (writing is my thing actually), but I have to stop here.