Normally, I don’t give any FREE samples. When buyers request for samples, I ask them to refer my live portfolio. There are certain incidents that I had to provide sample designs but I put watermarks on all the sample designs. However nothing went to waste as they liked the designs & placed the orders.
Know Your Value
Fiverr’s services start at $5.00. Although it can be tempting to offer promotions or discounts so that the orders will start rolling in, offering your work for free is not a recommended approach to connect with sellers. It is important to set your potential buyer’s expectation that your work can’t be obtained for free. It’s essential to know your worth as a seller and not to compromise it in order to attempt attracting buyers.
Totally true !
Most of the orders I deal with are in the $400+, and a sample can definitely close the sale quicker, however when dealing with these amounts, a sample can in fact take some time to make/create, hence why I only rely on my portfolio samples to convince the clients, which they always do ! Woohoo!
If you search the forum posts, I believe Emmaki made some pithy remarks on this topic. There’s also a thread in which someone comments on how they appreciate a particular Buyer who was gracious enough to purchase a sample before their regular order.
Unfortunately, I didn’t save the links.
Hopefully Emmaki will be along shortly with a haiku to make the point succinctly.
In the meantime:
Only a jerk, a jerk
Will demand you give free work
Say no to this perk.
My gut says it all depends on where you are with a Fiverr track record. If you have a large enough body of work, no samples. If you are just getting started, then partial samples may make sense.
I provided samples the first few months, and today it’s very rare.
Exception: I have a very large client who inquired yesterday and asked about a free sample. I told them I’d do the equivalent of my basic gig free and if they wanted a larger sample, I’d do it for $5, even if it was a few gigs worth.
That said, they are a national brand, and I’ve known about the company for decades. They have tens of thousands of dollars of work IF I can close the sale. So far they haven’t inquired about a sample, but the offer is out there.
I’m sure they are auditioning a half dozen or so in my VO category, so I’ll make an exception for them. This is rare for me.
Otherwise, I send most to my SoundCloud demo page. If they aren’t happy/impressed with those samples, I’m don’t see the value in creating an additional sample for them.
I always provide a sample if anyone wants it, but the sample is the one I choose. I had a “buyer” who wanted me to transcribe 5 hours audio but just to show I can do the work, the guy wanted me to transcribe 10 minutes free. I was like. “Dear buyer thank you for showing interest in purchasing my service but what you are asking is IMPOSSIBRRRRRUUUUUUUU”
I never provide free samples and I have always an on line portfolio to show what I did in the past and what I’m doing.
If the buyer is interested can purchase my services.
Otherwise I can’t waste my time to draw for free when other buyers have purchased my gigs