Hi there, my dear readers! This is the third and final part of my series looking into three major freelancing websites. We conclude with the king of micro-job sites, Fiverr!
How It Works:
Fiverr is simple: You can offer up to 20 gigs, which could be virtually anything from transcribing to recording a birthday greeting with a funny puppet and much, much more. Each gig starts at $5 and the freelancer can choose just how much work gets done for that amount of money.
After a freelancer has sold a certain number of gigs and been on the site for a few weeks, they have the option of adding extras like doing more work for more money and time and rushing the job for an extra fee. Fiverr users are classified into five levels and there’s an elite “Top Seller” bracket as well (I’m a mere Level 1 at this stage). As you meet the requirements of each level, you can add more extras and earn other benefits as well.
Craft-makers and artists (“makers of real things” as Fiverr so lovingly puts it) can charge for shipping their product.
In addition to offering gigs, Fiverr has a “gig suggestion” system sellers and buyers can also use. Updated at least twice a day, the feed shows t short gig suggestions from buyers, like “I need this 5-page paper written.” Sellers can alert the buyer they have a gig that matches their needs, and the buyer can then choose to respond and buy the matching gig. I liken it to a Facebook poke, but with money involved. Beginning Fiverr users only get 1 gig offer per day. Since I’m Level 2, I get 10.
This simple site may not be for everyone. Here are the ups and downs of Fiverr.
What Fiverr Does Right:
- Fiverr’s system great for breaking bigger jobs down into bite-sized pieces, allowing a client to pay at their own pace.
- It’s perfect for selling crafts, art and other homemade things.
- No application credits to worry about (well, not really, anyway…)
- The site has tangible rewards for diligent sellers (more gig offers, adding gig extras, etc.)
- An equally detailed review system for both clients and freelancers.
- Nearly unlimited gig creation possibilities.
What Fiverr Does Wrong:
- There’s a fair bit of trial and error when it comes to setting rates you feel you can work with, at least in my case.
- The money takes forever to clear.
- The site takes 20 percent of your final sale!
- You face the added problem of a flooded market if you offer a fairly common gig.
- The “gig suggestion” system could benefit from more detail.
The Final Word:
My experience with Fiverr has been disappointing in some ways, but that may just mean the site’s not the best place to sell my skills. A lot of artists and craftsmen/women along with voice actors, puppeteers and others have found success, but the market for some of the gigs I specialize in is a bit flooded. Nevertheless, I’ve earned a little bit of mad money from the site. Granted, most of that mad money has yet to clear.
Fiverr’s not my favourite, in short.
Check out the rest of this series here!
Are you a Fiverr user? What has been your experience? What’s worked best for you? Discuss in the comments below!