With 1.6K+ jobs done, this decision is very disappointing…
If you are a service provider on Envato Studio you could see it coming, so I am not surprised at all. You could clearly see that Envato stopped investing in to the platform and there was decline in new clients and orders. I understand that this is just a business and money talks, but I still feel a bit disappointed, that Envato didn’t offer any alternative to the designers on that platform and did not offer them a part in their new projects, at least to it’s best performing one’s.
That would be the real show of appreciation, not a “sincere” apologies message.
Anyways, I wish all the best to everybody that was dropped out and it is on the hunt for new opportunities.
Oh nooo…please no, the Envato studio was the best, I tried all the alternative sites like Fiverr and Upwork… I built in the last 6 years a great profile with many reviews, and here were quality service providers…compared to other sites for 5 USD you can get everything and there is full of amateurs and beginners. This site helped me during the covid to I have money… now I feel like someone who’s been thrown out of a job…no alternatives and nothing… I can’t believe it
Will we be able to contact in any form our clients on the platform and give them a chance to receive our contact information for future projects?
Since we are not able to message them directly or we were not allowed to provide our contacts, how I can get in touch and inform them, that Envato Studio will be shutting down and they won’t be able to contact me anymore?
It would be much appreciated if you could at least open the message board on all of our completed projects, so we can message them with our contacts.
Looking forward your reply.
I have been a member since 2013, i will really miss working at Envato Studio.
I would request all the service providers to connect with me and stick together to tackle this situation.
And this message is for my existing clients, you can find me on fiverr as well.
Lets create another topic and put your alternate links in it.
This is not a good and fair decision in middle of an economic crisis, we have spent our time here for 8-9 years and more, you should give more time before closing the platform , if just not fair
Yes, exactly it is looking like this… after all those efforts and time…
Why not try to find a solution with Envato that would allow the platform with its users (authors, customers) to be transferred to another space and to continue to operate?
Hello Envato Team,
We are sad about this decision, but we accept it thinking from your perspective. I will not lie because I saw it coming as there was a decline in clients over the past two years.
I have a few suggestions through which you could help us plan our future further as a Service provider.
- Don’t shut down the Envato Studio Marketplace platform by giving such short notice of 1-2 months. It seems unfair for us providers who have spent years building our profile and serving clients. Please give us at least a timeline of 6 months to 1 year to prepare for this big decision and shift.
- Also, further after 6 months or 1 year (whatever is decided by Envato), please keep the Envato Studio Platform as a read-only platform (where buyers cannot order/pay) which clients can visit and browse through different Service Providers and send them an enquiry through the profile or their website.
- After you make the platform read-only, please keep only active profiles on Envato Studio and remove all inactive Service Provider profiles to facilitate a better directory for clients to search for the most active and top-rated providers.
I think if this could be made anyhow possible by the Envato Management, that could mean a lot for us Studio Service Providers.
This notices shock me as well because it comes out of no where, as other fellows here at Envato Studio this is one of our main income source and in some cases the only one.
It is not fair at all with anyone that they decide to close the platform with this short notice, even worst is to received an automatic email with no human interaction about it; I think we deserve some respect and we are not getting it. We understand how business works but it feels that Envato doesn’t value our commitment and years of hardworking in this awesome community.
If they decide to shut down their service is complete understandable looking it as a business but this is not how to do it, remember you are strong because your community support you.
Today is the saddest day for our community, so disappointed.
I Feel like crying right now, I have spent all my time building the profile, I even stopped working on projects that were meant for the codecanyon.net and other marketplaces just to be able to work the studio platform, and It feels like I have wastes 6 years doing nothing. This is NOT cool.
As Power Elite author and Envato Studio provider who finished more than 1500+ jobs and have 1000 positive reviews I want to ask you to at least provide some way to EXPORT reviews from our clients (as CSV for ex.) or provide ability to import it to some third party service (make integration), like Trust Pilot or something.
We spent almost 10 years to earn reputation as service provider on Envato Studio and have a lot of repeat clients, who now will not be able to even find us. We will lost all reputation gained within 10 years if we will move to some other freelance platform, because nobody will order something from company without confirmed reviews from real people. We don’t have another 10 years to gain this. Or leave ability to see Envato Studio providers pages and reviews in read only mode as was said before.
Make site static and cache it - this will cost you nothing and does not need to have site on high cost servers.
As good move you should not just cancel service and say goodbuy - you should provide new “home” for all your values providers. Move all accounts to some other freelance platform with all reviews.
And this is strange that you just closing down Envato Studio where you have a lot of providers and repeat clients moving on. Better solution here was to SELL this service with rebranding to other company or merge it with other freelance platform.
This is very bad news, Envato Studio is my main income source, now I am little lost since other platforms are not quite good as Studio as far as I know.
I think Envato should re-consider or at least keep Express Installation services.
Also please keep our profiles for at least some years. just static page it costs you nothing.
What will happen to the Express part of Envato Studio and the various options to install a theme, plugin, customize a PSD or get a voice-over in the Downloads section or ThemeForest, CodeCanyon, etc? Do you provide an alternative for this service or remove it completely?
The shutdown notice of 2 months seems a little unfair to me too and, like others already mentioned, it would be better to allow for a more graceful period and think of a way to allow a read-only state for a while (at least 3-6 months). Anyway, I’m grateful for the opportunity and additional revenue it provided me for almost 10 years; the Studio team was very friendly and helpful whenever I had a concern or question, thank you!
A bittersweet ending…
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i agree with everything dedalx says, please provide some way to export reviews from our clients (as CSV for ex.) or leave ability to see Envato Studio providers pages and reviews in read only mode, make site static and cache it , this will cost you nothing.
I may understand your reasons but even if you decide to do so, you should’ve let us know advanced 6 months earlier at least then we could prepare ourselves back to the marketplace. My situation is similar this one but I think I’m a bit lucky to understand the total jobs in the pool was getting lower by the last few months already and started to prepare themes for ThemeForest but this is no good.
Not mentioning the clients I’m working for years… I’m not sure how they would be able to find us.
Can you at least keep the reviews so we could use as reference? You can shut down the entire system but at least not the profile pages…
Same here. The previous month was the lowest in 7-8 years of total earnings.
Earlier 1-2 Express Jobs daily then turn-backs ( additional jobs ). It was 3-5 days to get one Express service - along with the total jobs. ( Daily approx. 100 jobs )
Why don’t you guys simply raise the fee from 30% to 45% to compensate for the income loss? It feels like we were thrown under a bus, to be honest.
There are no better alternatives. For example, Fiverr has a bunch of randos who sell Videohive Logo projects for 5-15$. Who can compete with that?
Not to mention service provider/ buyer protection. I still remember when a bloke ordered my service with a stolen credit card and he got banned instantly. Imagine if this happens outside of the site. He gets the finished project and a refund. Dang!