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mixmedia87 says

Slightly off-topic but I’m curious – are Microlancer payments added to your Envato earnings (withdrawn on the 15th), or are they seperate bits of income (withdrawn instantly)?

hi paul, they are seperate income automatically processed at the end of each month to moneybookers, etc.

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s4nji says

It would be awesome if Microlancer allows service providers to sell minor website modification services, including tweaking CodeCanyon plugins, instead of providing 100% design services :)

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sligooy says


one of the issues was that microlancer in effect allows “other” authors to tender for customisations, for “other” authors orginal work

I don’t see why this should have been a problem. There is always someone somewhere offering cheaper services which may or may not be better or worse. Freelance markets are rife with jobs asking CC items to be customized.

My reason was that it would be nice to leverage a marketplace which is in place….

Agreed, there’s always someone competiting with prices. But also most of the times, the cheaper becomes actually more expensive over time. This has been seen a LOT of times. You shouldn’t compete with people who don’t know how to price themselves. =))

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SamBerson says

It would be awesome if Microlancer allows service providers to sell minor website modification services, including tweaking CodeCanyon plugins, instead of providing 100% design services :)

Agreed. +10000000

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CodingJack says

They’ve missed out on a HUGE potential for item customizations.

Maybe have something like this on the side of the items page.

I don’t get it. Can’t you just say “This author offers customization services, just email him here!”? Why would you willingly give 30% of your freelance fee to someone else? And then in the process, potentially lose a client who could have been exclusively yours?

The idea of charging for support is a good one. But lots of authors won’t do it for a competitive advantage. So the final result could end up being the same, i.e. people pay for support but you lose sales to competing items with free support. But still, would be an interesting thing to experiment with.

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Jaynesh says


They’ve missed out on a HUGE potential for item customizations.

Maybe have something like this on the side of the items page.

I don’t get it. Can’t you just say “This author offers customization services, just email him here!”? Why would you willingly give 30% of your freelance fee to someone else? And then in the process, potentially lose a client who could have been exclusively yours?

The idea of charging for support is a good one. But lots of authors won’t do it for a competitive advantage. So the final result could end up being the same, i.e. people pay for support but you lose sales to competing items with free support. But still, would be an interesting thing to experiment with.

Because they can order the service directly from there and pay through there. There is also a set amount of revisions you could offer through Microlancer. It makes everything easier and adds a sense of trust and reliability because it is Envato’s own platform.

Dealing with customers via email would mean you spending weeks on customizations for those customers that are very picky and expect unlimited, lifetime revisions.

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jk000jk says

I don’t think is fair to not allow microlancers to edit other author’s themes, is like when you buy a car and you need to repair at certain repair shops, but in this case is about the warranty which from my understanding there isn’t one when it comes to themes.

If they add themes edits it should be totally open otherwise is not fair for the buyer.

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sanisoft says

I don’t think is fair to not allow microlancers to edit other author’s themes, is like when you buy a car and you need to repair at certain repair shops, but in this case is about the warranty which from my understanding there isn’t one when it comes to themes. If they add themes edits it should be totally open otherwise is not fair for the buyer.

A theme is not a car. The licenses on the theme cannot place restrictions on where the buyer gets the mods done! And I feel this is somewhat off topic for the thread. Allowing authors to offer customisation via Microlancer is the question. A button like what Jaynesh illustrated would mean a lot for authors!

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50andJACK says

Because they can order the service directly from there and pay through there. There is also a set amount of revisions you could offer through Microlancer. Dealing with customers via email would mean you spending weeks on customizations for those customers that are very picky and expect unlimited, lifetime revisions.

I could see how a service would be helpful if someone didn’t have much freelance experience, but most freelancers are capable of managing their own terms with clients.


It makes everything easier and adds a sense of trust and reliability because it is Envato’s own platform.

How does it make things easier? You mean the customer isn’t going to do business with you unless Envato’s involved? Then why do I get so many requests? :P

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Australia says


I don’t think is fair to not allow microlancers to edit other author’s themes, is like when you buy a car and you need to repair at certain repair shops, but in this case is about the warranty which from my understanding there isn’t one when it comes to themes. If they add themes edits it should be totally open otherwise is not fair for the buyer.
A theme is not a car. The licenses on the theme cannot place restrictions on where the buyer gets the mods done! And I feel this is somewhat off topic for the thread. Allowing authors to offer customisation via Microlancer is the question. A button like what Jaynesh illustrated would mean a lot for authors!

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