Well, I’ve finally had enough. I have an order due in 8-hours which I have just requested to cancel, as the buyer’s requirements just take the pee.
This buyer ordered 5 x 500-word articles outlined as below:
FOUR SURPRISING INDUSTRIES THAT USE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY
Target Audience: Aged 23 - 35 adults living in cities who work and have a general understanding of cryptocurrencies and want to learn more. Language must be friendly, relaxed, informative and fun. Please see xxxxxxxxx for reference.
Brief: A 500 word blog that discusses 4 industries that use blockchain technology (do not mention gaming) In the blog explain for each
-What the industry is
-How much the industry made last year (in Europe)
-How this industry use blockchain
-Why they use blockchain/ how it helps them
-What the future could hold for this industry
And this is the problem I keep on having over and over. This isn’t one topic. It is technically, but I’m basically being asked to comprehensively research 4 different industry sectors. - And there is no way all this info fits into a 500-word blog and the buyer knows it.
Another article was to detail 5 countries that have adopted cryptocurrency, say how each is using it, how much they are benefiting economically by doing so, and what industries (in each) are predominantly using crypto. - And this is followed by 3 other briefs which all go well beyond the scope of what constitutes a single $15 (per article) order.
It’s like I get buyers who everything starts off fine with. This buyer, for example, has never placed an order like this before. Usually, their orders focus on specific subjects like how cryptocurrency may help underbanked cannabis businesses in California.
Then suddenly a switch flips, and they start hitting me with briefs for orders which are really 3-4 orders in one. This really upsets me, as I try to base my prices very competitively. In my mind, I have this stupid idea that this will appreciated. However, it isn’t. All it does is encourage some people to try and sneakily get as much as possible done, as quickly as possible, for as little as possible.
Anyway, I sent a cancellation request, only for the buyer to reject this and say that they now want a full refund. This makes no sense, as that’s what they would have got by agreeing to cancel. - Unless (like I have a suspicion they might be) they are implying that they want a refund on all the past work I’ve done for them.
Needless to say, that’s happening since it’s all up on their website. But you never know…
In either case, as soon as I have my next orders out the way, I’m going to start creating gigs which I basically just outsource (though not on Fiverr) and see if this makes things easier for a while.