Here is what happened to me on a few occasions… Might be an interesting read for new sellers here.
A buyer contacts me saying that he/she needs an article, he/she just saw my profile and good reviews and realized I’m the guy for the job BUT he/she is tight on budget and you know… not sure whether or not to hire me…
Then I reply my rates are not negotiable and make an honest offer to write the article and in case he/she don’t like it, I’ll publish it on my blog or use as a writing sample, no hard feelings. BUT if he/she likes it, we will close the deal at regular rates.
The buyer gladly accepts the deal with many many thanks. I write the article, the buyer likes and accepts it with many many thanks, I make a proposal (along with the lines we agreed to) and he/she never accepts it (or try to lower the price).
My point is: Never work for free! Never! Never! Never!
The feeling of being scammed while trying to help someone is just… there are no words to describe that feeling…
I know it’s my fault.
Note to new sellers: Don’t let this discourage you to work hard and prove yourself as a reliable, high-quality seller, the Fiverr will bring much more joy than bitterness to your freelancing adventures.