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Hi guys!

I started to have the fever of fiverr like 1 month ago. My gig I will write an essay for you got very popular, i was fast and suddenly, in a week I went over booked.

I have a job and I couldn’t deliver ANYTHING on time.

Buyers where asking to read long chapters and write essays in a specific format.

Things went out of my hand when 2 buyers bought a gig and asked me to deliver in less than 6 hours!

Of course I told them it was impossible…I only accepted 3 more orders that week after receiving more than 20.

I realized I was writing 10 pages long essays with research and extra reading for only 5 USD. I got tired and now my gig is suspended! I still have 3 gigs up, though.

So guys, any advice, tips or similar experiences out there…how do you know what does your time, research and writing is really costs.

BTW sorry i cant add question marks, my keyboard is acting weird.

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I think I have a similar experience with my gigs. My most popular gig is my novel proofreading, which is for 50k words for $5. My gig is priced that way to be competitive, and because of that sometimes I’ve been flooded with too many orders. (Be careful what you wish for, I guess).

And yet, even with that unbelievably low rate, I think some buyers take advantage of me. Some will ask if I can go over it again one more time - for the same order! Some ask for more than proofreading/light editing, even if it’s not stated in my gig description.

Sometimes I don’t know how to turn them down because I’m afraid they will pay back the rejection through a negative review. And I don’t want a negative review. At my current number, I’m a Level 2 seller with 100% positive reviews, and I’d like to keep it that way.

So for now, that gig of mine is suspended. I was advised to increase my rate, because my current one is way below market price, and that way, I will be less overbooked.

But I’m not sure. I mean, I did get my original orders because of my competitive pricing…

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Guest jess2323

You need to have our customers send you an inbox message before ordering. There is no reason anyone should be doing that much work for $4.

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