Where have all the article writers gone?
The good ones raised their prices and the ones who stayed cheap all had nervous breakdowns.
I think Pro and the level structure thing will see a bit of a (budget) writer availability cull.
I now turn away pretty much anybody who doesn’t order direct. Plus, I’m upping prices considerably soon for all but 3 regulars who I am creating a special gig for. Fiverr simply isn’t worth the hassle.
I have had an amazing experience this year working a big client off Fiverr. All payments were processed via escrow (i.e. non-refundable), almost all communication has taken place via email, and the end result has been fantastic.
Now, let’s compare that to a Fiverr story: I recently took on a regular client who ordered $40 of work per day, despite me having a bit of a bad/funny feeling. Then suddenly, the buyer stops communicating and I start to do a little digging.
What I find is that them saying they are from California doesn’t fit with their Argentina profile. Neither does that fit with a time stamp on their messages which implies they are in Asia. Then we have comments on the FB page of the website I’ve been supplying content for, calling the company out for scamming them (on Fiverr) out of work using chargebacks.
So far, I haven’t had a chargeback myself. Needless to say, though, I won’t be accepting any more work or regular buyers like this again.
Yes, such events aren’t the norm. However, they are becoming an exclusive to Fiverr problem. What is more, Fiverr is basically now saying that they are going to wipe the floor with anyone who’s ratings take a hit as a result.
Given the above, the minimum any writer on Fiverr should charge should be $30. Better to have 1 x $30 chargeback, after all, rather than 3 or 6 individual canceled orders.
I do think buyers will start to miss out because of things like this. I have an old buyer at the mo who is almost begging me to agree to work on a project. The thing is, it’s not really worth my time to work with them personally or on their project.
In the past, they used to order 10+ articles at a time to which I eventually had to say, ‘hey, stop it, I can’t handle this much from you.’ They kept on ordering anyway, though and made loads of my orders late. What is more, I look at the 12 orders they want to place, calculate how much I’ll take away, and think: ‘Nah, I’d rather just spend x on a promotion here or get 2 orders worth x over here.’
Fiverr as it is set up now isn’t really worth anyone’s time who plans on selling something at $5, $10, or even $20. Too much can go wrong, too much time and hassle is usually involved. Then after even the best selling experiences, you find yourself thinking, ‘blooming hell, that’s going to be a chargeback or 20 isn’t it?’
Of course, I don’t think there will ever be a shortage of writers per se. I doubt, however, that many will stick around for very long at a time.
As it is, I wouldn’t be prepared to start on Fiverr and work up the ranks like I did, given how it has changed recently and the sheer amount of work which establishing yourself can involve. Now people would be wiser to build up their portfolio and experience off-Fiverr and simply apply to Fiverr later down the line as a Pro-Seller. More money, less effort, and far fewer, ‘we’re 5r and we’re going to murder your career in 60-days’ stresses.