Then find a creative way to associate the service with an existing gig
Yes I could do that but it still isn’t the ideal way of dealing with a specific request where all the packages could be not very related to what is being asked (eg. maybe the buyer wants something done to an image but all the packages talk about video) and may still misrepresent things when the item is shown in the gig gallery (eg. people may see just an image as the delivery when what they wanted was a video).
Or, remove an existing gig, and replace it with a general “custom project” gig
So the only other way is to delete a gig that I may have spent quite a bit of time to create , that may have already had orders. When pausing should be what I should be able to do. If I could pause one of the gigs I could reinstate it if/when I achieved a higher level, but deleting it will never allow me to get it back - other than manually re-entering everything and re-uploading gig images/videos.
It would be much better if Fiverr allowed it to work the way the “Level help” screen shows - where the limit is on the number of active gigs not the total number of gigs (active+paused etc.).
Also a general “custom” project gig may not be what Fiverr staff wants - and the description may need to be too general or have to specify lots of unrelated things I could do in it. And it may not fit any one category & subcategory that had to be selected for it - eg. a “custom project” gig would really need to be able to cover multiple categories or subcategories but you need to specify a particular category & subcategory. A custom project gig also wouldn’t work any where near well as specific gigs in searches or for offers sent to buyer requests (where the ideal offer would use a gig as close to what the buyer is asking as possible and in the correct category/subcategory to see the request in the first place).