So from time to time, I see people on the forum suggesting that Fiverr should allow Skype communication between buyers and sellers. Personally, I’ve never liked this idea. I do communicate directly with off-Fiverr clients. However, when I do it is always via email or Whatsapp.
Anyway, recently I’ve come to realize first hand why Skype would be awful for Fiverr. Recently I joined a new freelance platform which does allow for Skype interviews and client communication. Sadly, because of this, my experience has so far been overwhelmingly negative.
Albeit that I am a newbie on this other platform, almost all of my bids have received instant glowing responses. People love my portfolio and they want to discuss projects in more detail. - Via Skype. In this case, off I go adding contacts and arranging a live chat. And then the fun starts.
In every single case so far, people posting jobs for at reasonable rates of pay, start charts by talking about who they are and what they do. To be honest, this is a bit tiresome, however, it’s fine. The big problem, though, rests with what comes next. Basically, there is a long-winded sales pitch followed by: "Yes, and to start off with, you’ll be paid $4-$7 per piece of content. We would also prefer to pay you directly via PayPal."
It is truly shocking. First, there is the nerve of advertisig jobs at $500-$1,000. Then there are the obvious problems associated with off-platform payments, which also break the TOS of the site in question.
Given my experiences, be very careful when trying to encourage Fiverr to make Skype (or similar) part of their own system. It is very time-consuming, offers poor likelihood that buyers will convert, and is literally like sticking your head into a hornet’s nest.