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  1. ^100% agree. One thing I wanted to add for future reference: $5 gigs really aren’t worth it. $10, maybe when you’re starting out and it’s a task you can get done in a half hour, but in my experience, having cheap gigs attract nasty clientele. It can be good to price yourself lower initially to build up a customer base and reviews, but it’s not a good strategy long-term. But no matter your “stage” of growth on Fiverr, I would never even consider going $5.
  2. If he made threats towards you, I could see Fiverr maybe going in your favor? But honestly it’s all up in the air. Few times have I seen that, once a review is left, Fiverr does much about it. Once they ordered through your gig, did you work on the order despite the fact that you initially declined? I would have attempted to cancel, or send in an “order add-on” for the full $100 price. And if he didn’t accept that, would have delivered up to the standards of the gig, and no more. And that’s assuming you can’t get him to cancel…
  3. Your first problem is that all of your gigs are basically the same. That’s setting you up for most, if not all of them getting taken down. You can’t make multiple gigs of the same service. If you want results, you need to make a variety of gigs that offer different services, primarily in niches that are not over-populated. Portraits are super popular, so you’re competing against thousands of other gigs that sell the same thing. That’s going to make it super difficult for you to be seen amongst the competition. Try to branch out a bit more, and don’t be afraid of offering specific services. I find the more specific a gig is, the better success it has, as opposed to gigs that cover a wide variety of services (aka “I’ll draw anything” types of gigs).
  4. As de-bunked time and time again on this forum, being “active” 24 hours a day (which is impossible, and misleading if you try and use some sort of plugin to give that illusion) and sharing on social media isn’t the answer. What actually gives results is creating gigs that a customer base wants. Look at your competition, see what they aren’t offering. If you create a gig that looks like everyone else’s, especially in the most over-crowded categories, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
  5. It’s really not about your prices (though pricing yourself dirt cheap is only asking for you to get the worst clientele), but rather what you’re offering that is going to give you success on this platform. Granted, you have to be good at it, but just being good at something isn’t going to give you the traction you need. There are hundreds, or rather probably thousands, of gigs related to photoshop on the platform, especially when it comes to removing backgrounds. You have to differentiate yourself from the hundreds of others who are offering the same as you. I found success when I started to offer something unique, so look around at your competition, and see what services you aren’t seeing that you can offer. As a side note–Fiverr doesn’t owe you anything. You need to put in some time, effort, and experimentation to get anywhere on the platform. Fiverr isn’t going to do that for you!
  6. Produce quality work, and you’ll eventually receive more reviews. Whatever you do, don’t ever ask for a review. That’s asking for a TOS violation and a potential ban from Fiverr. A buyer has every right to give or not give a review, so it’s up to them. If you continue to produce good work, eventually you’ll get some more reviews.
  7. Honestly I wasn’t expecting much from Fiverr. I figured with how many sellers there were (especially in art as a whole, which is my focus) that there was no way it would turn into anything more than a test. I was actually recommended the site by a fellow student at my college, and thought ‘what have I got to lose?’ Turns out Fiverr has turned into just what I needed! It took me a few months to find my niche, (ironically enough not in 3D game art which is my major, but in pixel art. Took some testing the waters to figure out which was more popular and for what purpose) but Fiverr has provided me the flexibility of being able to take orders and schedule them around school. Considering I have to reject tons of projects due to time constraints, I’m hoping that with the way things look this could turn into a full time affair if I don’t find a job at a game studio out of college (which given the entertainment arts industry, is bound to happen). It’s a nice safety net for someone who thought they couldn’t have a career as a freelance artist, and while Fiverr is far from perfect, I would say that I’m happy on the platform.
  8. It’s against TOS to use outside forms of communication. The buyer should have no problem submitting the files through Fiverr’s file share section on the order page (as well as through Dropbox I believe if the file size is too high). Don’t give out your e-mail, or any personal information such as usernames to other social media sites, as you can be banned from Fiverr for doing so.
  9. Be firm. If the buyer is asking for items out of the scope of the order, say you can’t fulfill them. Or, better yet, tell them how much that would cost additionally to add on. If they refuse, then they don’t get it, it’s as simple as that. CS may be able to offer assistance, but time and time again I see the only “advice” they give is to work it out with the buyer on your own.
  10. For me this would personally depend. If it’s a very simple order, something I can get done in a quick period, and the price is low enough, if the buyer is genuinely unhappy I might just cancel. Save myself the headache. But that’s only in that specific circumstance. Otherwise, if the amount is large enough and I’ve spent a considerable amount of time on the project, I’d take the hit. Now if they’re presenting an option of “cancel or I’ll give you a bad/neutral review”? I’m not cancelling. That’s threatening the seller, and depending on how exactly this was worded to you I might have CS look into it. No matter the order, I don’t take threats lightly.
  11. ^ This isn’t going to get you anywhere, and is another example of commonly spread bad advice on the forum. At the end of the day, what can help is analyzing your competition, and finding ways to stand out among them. Offer something that others aren’t! Freshen up your gig, and take a critical look at it. Try out new gigs within your skillset to see what grabs buyers’ attention. It’s all about trial and error, and providing a service in demand.
  12. Out of the gate, yes, this is a TOS violation. Regardless of that, this is very fishy. What I can outright tell you is that him using your gig artwork is false advertising. Even if you were the one producing the work through this odd chain of hands, from the buyer’s perspective they think that they’re making the work, not you. I don’t even understand why you would consider this as an option. Selling through middle men like this is just asking for trouble, especially when a buyer comes back and wants revisions. What happens if they leave a bad review for the seller? Will the seller then leave a bad review for you since you caused the bad review in their eyes? I’ve seen this happen before. This is all too murky to even consider for me, I wouldn’t do it. To many “what ifs” and at the end of the day, someone is getting paid for your hard work.
  13. Anyone who insists on the seller providing a sample before payment is suspicious. There’s no guarantee they aren’t trying to scam you into giving the content they need, only for them to disappear when it comes time to place the order. To a credible buyer, your portfolio should be more than enough to prove you can do the job they’re looking for.
  14. Even if we ignore the TOS violation, why would this be attractive gig to anyone? I can’t really see a reason why someone would purchase this gig, even assuming someone was starved of social interaction. There are plenty of websites, chatrooms, and online groups centered around niches, hobbies, and what have you that one can easily make friends and have conversations with…more than once a day…and for free.
  15. I’m from the Midwest area of USA, and I wouldn’t exactly call us out of the woods yet. 😅 Trends have been looking up, but all in all in comparison to the rest of the world, we still have an incredible amount of cases (Honestly I’m betting on the Super Bowl giving us another wave in the weeks to come anyhow). My local schools have been online since March of last year, and I’ve been exclusively online for University since then as well. I’m immunocompromised, so I haven’t left the house since then either, save for getting prescriptions that I can’t get delivered to me. Guidelines have been on the strict side here, especially at my University. I am exclusively online as I said, but some students still attend in person. It’s an art school, so it can’t exactly be avoided if your a Crafts major and need the wood shop. Luckily my particular major is all-digital, so the only thing I have to worry about is paying ridiculous fees to use software, on top of tuition! (Sarcasm is hopefully obvious, but that’s a rant for another day) All in all, I’m thankful to have a good support network, and that I do well under online classes. A lot of my classmates have been really struggling in this environment, and I really don’t blame them one bit. I’m hoping to have access to a vaccine by the fall so I can attend in person for my last year.
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