fivesquid’s top 10 tips for posting a job request

So last week we gave our top tips to sellers on how to respond to requests. Now it’s time to let buyers in on the secret to posting requests and hopefully give courage to those who have yet to dip their toe in the request pool – come on in, the water’s warm.

1. Be precise  

Be really clear about what you’re after. If it’s a logo design then detail what format you need it in and how it will be used. If it’s a website, talk about what functionality is required, the number of pages etc. For more complex briefs the seller can always ask questions, but do try to cover all bases. The better the brief, the better the output.

2. Give a timeline

In your brief there is a drop down so you can state your delivery expectations, but if you’re waiting for something to happen first then let the seller know. This may impact their ability to deliver.

3. Be realistic

So you want an entire rebrand, logos, stationery, new website, brochures and some flyers and you’d like it all by tomorrow – really? Allow sellers enough time to get the job done properly. fivesquiders can turn work around at supersonic speeds when you’re in a tight spot, but only if time permits. The more time that’s spent on your job, the better it will be.  

4. Be fair

As with point 3, you want it all and you want it now, and oh yes you want it for a fiver! Whilst fivesquid’s ethos is to sell things at a cost effective price, if you’ve wrapped 5 jobs into one and you’re only prepared to pay five quid for it than that’s not entirely fair. Think about a fair price for the work being asked for and you’ll get a fair quote back. 

5. Give a back-story

Sellers don’t know you from Adam so give them a short back-story on why you need this work done. If it’s a voiceover, explain that it’s for a corporate client or a company providing entertainment for children’s parties – even by outlining that, you can see very different voiceover styles would be required. And if it’s design work, give some insight into the brand or any ideas you may have already formed on creative direction.

6. Keep it simple

If your job has many strands keep it simple – explain that it could lead to further work, but start with one element first. It’s a great way to test a seller before going all out.

7. Look at others

Put yourself in the seller’s shoes; what do they need to know to be able to quote for the work? Have a look at other requests and think about whether you’d be able to provide a quote based on the information given – you’ll soon get a good idea of what is helpful or not.   

8. Be patient

Sellers will have questions, maybe something you haven’t included or something that isn’t very clear. Be patient with questions.

9. Always respond

A seller has taken time to quote for your quote, please take the time to go back to them. Even if they have irritated you by submitting an irrelevant quote, just go back saying thanks but no thanks. If a seller has really gone off-piste then let our admin know and we’ll give the seller some insights into how to respond in the future.

10. It’s a wrap

So you have found your dream seller, they’re working on your job and you can’t wait to see the end result. Now’s the time to close your request and let sellers know they’ve missed their chance.


If you haven’t used the request tool yet, give it a try – with these top tips you won’t regret it. If you’re short of time or you’d like a few sellers to ‘pitch’ for work, it’s a great way to find a seller that you’re in-tune with.