Let’s play this game.
Please let me know if this sounds too familiar?
W : Can you draw me a picture?
Me : Yes sure, let me know what you need and I’ll give you a quote.
W( totally shocked out of wits) : (Gasp) YOU WANT MONEY??? I THOUGHT YOU LOVED DRAWING???
X : Can you fix my car?
Me : Sure let me check what’s wrong and I’ll tell you the price.
X( Utter disbelief) : YOU WANT MONEY???
Y : I need a website done.
Me : Sure the full stack service will cost you around $600 approx. depending on the context.
Y( False teeth and real intentions falling out of mouth) : I can’t believe you’d ever charge me for this! Anyway, I can let you do it for exposure.
Z: A’ight I need a cake that will feed a 100 people plus I need 4 dozen custom cupcakes.
Me : Okay, so how much are you looking to spend?
Z( feeling generous) : No more than $30.
Me : Only Betty Crocker can save you now.
If any one of this seems familiar to you, I feel sorry for you. I know the feeling.
“How dare you try and support yourself with something you love and are good at, right? Shame on You!”
I’ve faced this a zillion times when I had my own business, and I’m facing the same kind of thing here at Fiverr as well.
Infact I was recently contacted by someone who wanted me to do something for him for one fourth of the price in return for good comments. All I could do was politely refuse him, since I know I won’t be needing good comments as a bribe. I know how good I am, and I can gather proper reviews all by myself, thank you very much!
Again there was this lady at Fiverr who wanted me to work for “exposure”. To be frank, the unbelievable guts in these people make me laugh inside. Unfortunately ,these strategies do work on a few gullible people.
EXPOSURE is an urban myth. If you are one of those just starting out, please know this: Exposure is what someone else promises to lure you to give your work for free. It may be in the form of anything, music, illustrations, goods and services etc.
“Out there” is what you decide to do, either because you know it is good, or hope so, or test if it will work. And then you end up miserably disappointed.
I can count in the fingers of one foot the total number of my works I have ever sold from “exposure” i.e. NIL, I had to learn the hard way back then, just like any other budding artist.
If you are on your way, and if you are reading this, please, DON’T DO IT. I agree it might be of some value if the conditions such as time, location, and market condition, and the people, are right, but the chances are one in a thousand. In short, if by any miniscule chance it is not a scam, it might definitely be of a negligible value.
People start growing noses once you start asking them for payment. What I reply when people tell me “But You’ll Get Exposure!” is “People die of exposure. I don’t need it.”
And then when they can’t win with you, they end up saying things like "“Your drawings aren’t that good anyways. Find a real career!”
It’s exactly like men who get rejected by women after an unsuccessful episode of wooing end up saying “You’re ugly anyways, I deserve much better!”
Trust me, the grapes are never sour. You and your work are awesome. Believe in yourself.
If you ever have even a second thought for not having taken up that job for exposure, know this: you did the right thing. Have some self respect. You will do fine all by yourself.
Finally, to quote the Joker: