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Very confused as a newbie

I’ve advertised a gig of typing 10 minutes of audio for $5. Buyer sent me 30 minutes of audio, and told me to invoice for the rest and she’d pay me on completion. How do I get her to pay me for essentially three gigs?? Thanks!

It sounds like your buyer is either very new and doesn’t understand how Fiverr works, or is trying to do something that she shouldn’t. If I were you, I’d send her a very polite message explaining that you cannot invoice her outside of Fiverr due to ToS. You could ask her if she’d like to buy the other 2 gigs up front and then you can send her the 30 mins, or if she’d like you to do the first 10 minutes and deliver those. Then she could purchase the others one gig at a time or both at once to have the work completed.

Unfortunately otherwise you take the risk of doing the work and not getting paid for all of it. Unless you want to risk it just to help get your gigs rolling and accept whatever happens, I wouldn’t do it without that conversation. If she tries to push you to sell the other 20 minutes outside of Fiverr, that’s a big red flag.

Newbies are often targeted by unscrupulous buyers on Fiverr. Just stand your ground and avoid delivering any work that hasn’t been paid for. If she refuses, you have the option of cancelling out the transaction entirely.

p.s. 10 min for $5 is an incredible bargain for buyers.


I agree with fonthaunt about sending a polite message, where you explain how Fiverr works and which are the rules. If the buyer wants, she could order 3 gigs in total for 30 minutes. Don’t do any work before settling the conditions!

Good luck!

Thanks guys! Yes, 10 mins for $5 is EXTREMELY good value for buyers, but that seems to be what the other transcriptionists are paying so I needed to be able to compete!