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  1. I have done this too. However, given the likes of GDPR and new copyright laws, I would argue that it is also important to remember to redact any mention in such articles of specific brands and businesses. Also, I’m not comfortable with this myself, due to the fact that a lot of people who do ask for samples, do so with the express intent of stealing content. Like @maitasun, I have been burned by people like this in the past. The most recent case involved a person who did order from me after I send them a link to my blog, but who also copied several articles from my blog to use on their own. (I’m guessing it was not really theirs but a site which belonged to their client.) I don’t feel comfortable asking buyers if I can use their work in my portfolio for this reason. That said, when I do source samples this way, I do occasionally use them when applying to other writing platforms which ask for writing samples, or which allow users to upload samples into protected areas where they can not be copied or downloaded. An excellent point! 🙂
  2. Thank you for the well thought out post! I have some additional thoughts here that I would like to share. Generally, I think that taking a benefit-oriented approach works well too. Here, you mentioned starting off by listing your experience. Another option that could precede this might be mentioning the benefits that your buyer can expect by working with you. Just another angle to consider. 😊 I hope this helps!
  3. Absolutely! I’ve certainly ran into this issue in the past for projects large and small and wished that I had conducted a milestone delivery instead (for the larger projects) - thank you 😀
  4. I also agree here, and I completely overlooked the bookkeeping aspect of this since I’ve taken the new approach. Thank you!
  5. Agreed, the bookkeeping and accounting aspect of this is definitely an important consideration as well!
  6. Hi Fiverr community! I wanted to post some thoughts that I have on milestone deliveries and see what others think about the topic. More specifically, I’m talking about breaking large projects down into smaller chunks, whether sending multiple gigs over time to the same buyer or using Fiverr’s milestone delivery feature. Bottom line up front, I think incremental deliveries are better for buyers AND sellers. For example, imagine getting a large order (like developing 12 pages for an entire website) that you spend hours completing, only to have the buyer reject the entire order and request cancellation. Now instead, imagine if you had agreed to take the project incrementally (perhaps developing 1 page at a time of the 12-page website). Now, if there was a misunderstanding of the project, the buyer may see the issue as more manageable for correction (vice an entire overhaul) and request a revision (vice a cancellation), meaning that you can proceed onto pages 2, 3, and 4+ knowing that you’re on the right track. The buyer saves time, and you save the anguish of wasted work. I’ve started breaking projects down myself lately, and I’ve found myself enjoying the process much more as a result! One disclaimer, I will generally take on large projects in one go if I’ve worked with a buyer before. This is only because I already know their expectations and goals. Thoughts? Could there be a benefit to taking on a behemoth project with a buyer you’ve never worked with?
  7. I agree with @humanissocial. And I actually wouldn’t recommend setting Fiverr’s Choice as your goal. Instead, I would recommend setting consistent quality, clear communication, and going ‘above and beyond’ as your primary goals. Being featured as Fiverr’s Choice would just come as a secondary result from these goals. I hope this helps! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:
  8. I’m glad it helped! Even after months on the platform, I just discovered this :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:
  9. Hi Fiverr Community! I wanted to share a tip that I found useful (and actually tried out just before writing this post). First, some context… Custom gigs that are sent without expiration time limits can hypothetically be accepted at any time. With this in mind, there’s a chance that you could find yourself with an unexpected active gig while on vacation or after having significantly increased your prices. To avoid this, I have a 3-step solution! Step 1: Click onto your inbox from the dashboard Step 2: Select the “all conversations” dropdown Step 3: Select "custom offers" Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 8.08.20 PM332×608 15.8 KBNow, you have effectively filtered out any conversation that doesn’t at some point contain a custom offer. Here, you can quickly go through and withdraw old custom gigs that were never accepted. In doing so, you can avoid unexpected gigs filling your queue or receiving an order while you are out of office. I hope this helps! 😊 (p.s. I now usually set a 2-day expiration time limit for any gigs that I send out)
  10. I completely agree - and I actually just looked up Sod’s Law! I never knew there was another term for this, as Murphy’s Law is the version I’m accustom to (if something can go wrong, it will). You learn something new every day. Great addition! 😊
  11. I didn’t even think of that! A few outstanding orders that are all placed at once could quickly become difficult to manage if they were all placed at once. Great point, thank you for the addition! 😀
  12. I’ve been setting 1 day lately, but 2 days actually sounds more reasonable so I may start doing this as well! : )
  13. Great suggestion (I took it 😊) Completely agree with the boundaries portion as well!
  14. Dear Sellers, Although this hasn’t happened to me yet, I feel this is a valuable enough topic to write about in the forum (and so I hope you get something out of it)! In the past, I would send out custom gigs with no time expiration… My thought process was that when the buyer gets around to it, they’ll hopefully accept : ) Only after going into ‘out of office’ mode did the thought of outlying, unaccepted gigs begin to bother me. “What if they suddenly accept an old custom gig that I don’t see it while on vacation?” “Would the gig timer run out, leaving me with a lessened completion rate?” I began to think that maybe custom gigs couldn’t be accepted while I was ‘out of office…’ then I thought back to a time when I had ‘out of office’ mode on and sent someone a custom gig (for a small project) that was able to be accepted. And so the bottom line is that outlying, unaccepted custom gigs that you send out in the message center can be accepted at any time (even while you’re out of office). My new policy moving forward is to always set an expiration - whether it’s up until my next vacation or for just a few days. In doing so, I can prevent unexpected accepted gigs from coming in at inopportune times. Although some of this might seem like common sense, I certainly didn’t realize the value of setting a custom gig expiration until I thought this through. I hope this helps! 😊
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