I had an unexpected mental health setback last month that was really scary and forced me to re-evaluate my work/life balance. I decided I desperately needed a complete break from work, meaning no responding to inquiries, no revising orders, nothing.
I spent 2 weeks planning it, put a notice on my gig page explaining I would be COMPLETELY unavailable from X-X, and on the last week I advised all buyers who placed an order that I would be gone from X date and any revisions would have to be requested before then. I went into OOO mode 6 days before the date so that I wouldn’t receive new orders and would have time to revise anything that was delivered that week.
This seems very straightforward to me. I am a human being. Fiverr is something I do for work. People take breaks from work. People go on vacation. What am I supposed to do, bring my audio booth and computer with me on vacation?
The first 24 hours of my official vacation, I had THREE revision requests. I spent the next 3 days resolving those. I was supposed to be relaxing, and instead I was helping buyers who had completely ignored my boundaries. I wasn’t willing to cancel and lose the money so what choice did I have?
I politely but firmly explained after delivering the revisions that I would be totally, 100% unavailable from this point forward, logged out of Fiverr, and truly took 8 days off of fiverr. Today is day 9, and I’m back online tomorrow. It’s been glorious.
I logged back in today to withdraw some funds and saw I had a ton of messages from previous buyers saying things like “I know you’re on vacation, but please can you work on this??? It’s urgent”
Wtf people? Wtf?
I realise this is something that comes with the territory. I just wish there was a better way to take a break on Fiverr. I have tried all the “tricks” like extending my delivery date etc, but the point is, you really can’t take a week off now and then, not fully, and be guaranteed that you won’t have to do any work or resolve any issues. Because buyers will ignore your messages and assume if it’s urgent for them, it overrides any of your personal needs.
I’m really not looking for advice here, this is just something I hate about freelancing. Lots of love y’all xoxo