We get this more than the ‘Do you do voice overs?’ question. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. For some people, I think it’s a fear of getting it wrong, but I think you can usually tell when this is the case. For many, it’s laziness, plain and simple. ‘You’re the service provider, you figure it out.’
We had someone yesterday request that we quote them for a script. No ‘hi’, no ‘please could you’, just ‘I need this quoting, let me know your price’. Oh, and they needed it yesterday. They’d put a budget of $50 in the message, and a cursory glance at the enormous script told me it would be 3 times that cost, if not more.
I politely reminded them that all our costs were visible on our gig, along with our turnaround time, but that I could see it would be significantly higher than his budget, to which they replied “budget is fixed.”
It took all the strength I had to not reply saying “so why waste our time?!”, but then that’s the point right? It’s our time, not theirs, and some people would much rather waste the time of a stranger than their own.
I honestly believe one of the best skills you can learn on Fiverr is working out when to engage in a conversation, even if it’s a difficult one, and when to walk away early.