Good day! I am a seller, but I want to share my personal experience with you, the buyer.
Here are the main points:
The picture is not the main thing. Often sellers do not exhibit their work in order to receive an order. This is unpleasant, but it happens. Therefore, it is very important to contact the seller and ask him to send additional works that are not in the GIG. If he does not send them in a short time, then most likely this is a scammer(possibly). This point applies to those sellers who do not have a high rating or a large number of reviews. So if the price is high, there are not many works, there are no reviews, then it may be a scammer.
Time. Everyone sets their own time for completing the work, but ask the seller to submit the work as early as possible so that there is time to make adjustments. This should be done politely, since not all sellers are happy about this. If you are sure that the seller is competent, this point can be omitted. He will do everything on time.
Reviews. Be sure to read all reviews to make sure the person is doing their job honestly. (f there are not many of them. If there are 50+ of them, it will be a waste of time. If a couple of reviews were enough for you and you are satisfied, then choose this seller).
But there are also 2 points here. 1) Not all good sellers have reviews. Perhaps someone is a beginner, but does the job in good faith. Do not rush to refuse him. 2) Even good reviews sometimes do not guarantee an excellent result. But this is rare.
Attention. It is very important for the seller to take the time to discuss the order, and answer politely and accurately. If you see a bad attitude, find someone else. But for this you must write to him yourself to clarify the details. Service sellers do not include writing first.
Don’t be afraid to clarify what is included in your package. Nobody wants to get a bad result for a lot of money.
Leave your review if you used the services of a buyer. So you will help others not to make a mistake with the choice and will thank your salesperson for the work. Don’t be afraid to write what you liked or disliked about the salesperson’s job. Many in the comments have condemned me for this point, but I believe you should give your opinion. They are afraid of bad reviews, but there will always be those who are not happy with something. And if you do your free job well, then out of 10 good reviews, there may be 1 bad one. But if you are afraid that there are a lot of them, this is a reason to think about whether you are doing everything right.
Hope you find this helpful! Respectfully,
P.S. Рost edited because many “advanced” sellers misinterpreted my initial thoughts.