Fiverr, A website founded in early 2010 has gone onto help millions of people worldwide with its services and has also become a profitable online income source for many. If you are thinking if you should become a freelancer on Fiverr or if you are thinking of hiring someone to do a job from Fiverr without getting scammed, I’ve written about both of these aspects in detail in this Fiverr Review.
Fiverr first launched with only a few categories like graphic design, writing, translation, and video editing. These services are called gigs and they were all offered just for $5. And you can see how they got their Fiverr name.
Fiverr has come a long way from its $5 only business model. Now boasting a category list almost as big as an online general store. They have even launched a pro Fiverr services section going for $100’s, if not $1000’s.
So What Exactly is Fiverr? And Why You Should Use Fiverr?
Fiverr is where you go to hire people to do a job like editing a photo you have, creating a logo, editing a video, writing a resume or cover letters, and much more.
This also means you can be a seller in Fiverr and earn money too. There are so many options to choose from depending on your skills.
You can see the above image is just from the category “Writing and Translation”.
I personally mostly use Fiverr for creating logos for my online businesses. The people I have hired have all been good and I haven’t had any trouble getting what I paid for.
You might think Fiverr is for business people or people in need of only professional services. And you’d be wrong. You can find gigs that are creative like a drawing of your family or even a happy birthday wish from Kermit the frog to gigs that will make you laugh. Examples below 🙂
Here’s some unique Fiverr gigs that you might even purchase:
A cartoon based on you or a group
Do you have family members or a group of friends that you want to remember forever? Why not get a cartoon of them and share it with everyone.
Get Kermit the Frog to sing you a happy birthday song for a birthday
Do you have a birthday coming up on a little one that you want to make very very happy? Heck, even I would love to get a happy birthday wish from Kermit the Frog.
A drawing of someone as a mermaid
Not all of us are born mermaids. Wait… that’s all of us… But have you ever wondered what you would look like as a mermaid?
Then there are gigs like these:
Scream your name into a bush
I can’t remember waking up any day wishing I had someone scream my name into a bush. But now I’ve seen this gig. I kind of want that for no reason whatsoever.
A happy birthday video from a Jamaican dude in Jamaica
We all wish we had a Jamaican friend. Now you can get a birthday wish from a Jamaican living in Jamaica, even if you don’t know him. Surprise someone with this Fiverr gig for some sure giggles on a birthday.
Now that you have a fair picture of Fiverr and what it’s about. I’m going to break this post into 2 sections. 1st section will be from a buyers perspective and the 2nd section will be dedicated to freelancers that are thinking of selling on Fiverr.
Fiverr as a Buyer
Fiverr can be an awesome service to get some stuff done for cheap. Things like creating a website, getting a video edited, getting a logo for a business can all be done for a few dollars.
Sure, you get what you pay for but you can find prices that you can’t find anywhere else, all in one place. And they are not all cheap. There are gigs to suit all budgets.
I have purchased Fiverr gigs multiple times so let me break everything down for you in this section. I’m going to go over how to purchase a gig, what gigs to avoid, and how to find out if a gig is legit or not.
Fiverr Gigs to Avoid
What do I mean by what gigs to avoid? What I mean by that is some gigs are of low quality that is not worth your money.
For example, online traffic gigs.
Those gigs promise to send 1000’s of traffic to a website, youtube video, or social media sites. These gigs are done by robots. And this artificial traffic can hurt your website or your social media page.
Google, Facebook, and other tech companies get smart at detecting these kinds of artificial popularity. They know when the traffic is legitimate or fake. Although tempting, avoid these quick fix gigs. No matter what you heard about them.
Another type of gig I would avoid on Fiverr are SEO gigs.
By SEO gigs, I mean gigs that involve Search Engine Optimizations. Like keyword research, search engine ranking, backlinking, and traffic gigs. These gigs focus on ranking up a website or page higher in search engine rankings. Doing these things the wrong way can hurt your website.
I’d also be very careful about hiring marketing gigs to do any paid traffic ads. I’m a big believer in learning how to do your own Google or Facebook ads before you get someone else to do it for you. But If you still want to purchase paid marketing help for your business, I suggest that you hire a reputable company.
You really don’t have too much to worry about as a buyer on Fiverr. Fiverr has made a reputation to take the buyer side more than the side of a seller in case of a dispute.
As long as you are in the right you shouldn’t have any issues with getting your money back in this unlikely case.
Golden Rules Before Purchasing a Fiverr Gig
Always read the gig carefully before you even think of purchasing. Most gigs offer Basic, Standard, Premium packages within the same gig or something along those lines. Each package offers different features. See if the package you chose includes everything you want.
Another important thing to look for is the reviews and ratings of the gig. Reviews and ratings of past orders can give an idea about the seller’s service.
I like to purchase from someone who has more than a handful of reviews as some say some people fake their reviews.
To get past this you could also read the reviews carefully to see if they are all written in one day or within a few days. Also you could hire someone who is featured at the top of the search results if its an expensive project.
I also look for comments like “seller did a good job but took longer than expected”. So if you are in a hurry to get your project completed it’s something to keep in mind.
Lastly, speak to the seller about anything you are unsure of about the gig or to see if you can get something included in the gig that is not mentioned in the gig. Speaking to the seller beforehand can avoid any misunderstanding between the two parties.
Pros to Buying From Fiverr
- You can find a decent seller that will get your job done for cheaper
- Quickly find someone to do your job
- Prices start from $5+
- Easy to use
- Speedy deliveries on most gigs
- Top buyer protection
Cons to Buying From Fiverr
- There are scam sellers (avoid them by sticking to the points I made above)
- Some sellers are not native English speakers
- Some reviews can be fake
How to Make Money With Fiverr as a Seller
My personal experience on Fiverr is based as a buyer, but I have done some research as to what it’s like to be a seller on Fiverr as I wanted this post to cover all bases.
If you are thinking of making money with Fiverr I have some tips for you before you get started.
There is no doubt in my mind that Fiverr is an excellent place to get started as a freelancer. But before you become a known seller that gets regular jobs on Fiverr every day. You will need to learn the Fiverr marketplace and climb the seller ladder on the platform.
Fiverr is not what it used to be. When Fiverr first started and the few years after that was a relatively easy place to get gigs as soon as you start. Now It’s a tad harder. You are more than likely to wait days, weeks if not months before you get your first job.
You can’t really blame Fiverr for this as there are so many people are offering the same service as you are and you are someone new with unproven skills as you have no ratings from previous work.
How to Get Gigs as a Beginner Fiverr Seller
The first thing to do is to write up your best descriptions of yourself and explain why people should hire you.
Layout your gig descriptions clearly and have a portfolio of previous work displayed so people can have a look to see what your work is like. You can show your work on Fiverr or have it on another website. Whichever it is, display it clearly within your Fiverr gig.
Layout your packages clearly. Have a look at what others are offering and for the price range. To get yourself going, think about reducing your rates for the gig to get your first Fiverr customers to get the business rolling.
The Fiverr Seller Ladder
Anyone can become a Fiverr seller. This has positives and negatives. The low entry barrier means some sellers may not be experienced enough for the gigs they claim they are able to do.
To counter this, Fiverr has a level system in place so that the buyers know who are the experienced sellers.
As of writing this post a seller with no levels can post up to 7 gigs. And it increases as you level up. You get up to 30 gigs for a top-rated seller.
To level up your Fiverr Seller account Fiverr looks for key parameters like:
- If you deliver on time
- Do you maintain high quality for all your work
- Surveying your customers to check on their satisfaction level of your gig
If you want to make money on Fiverr you have to look to go up the levels. The current levels are Level 1, Level 2, and top-rated.
Top rated sellers are manually picked by the Fiverr team.
The higher the level of your seller account the more additional benefits you get. For E.g: being able to offer gig extras and the ability to post more gigs.
What to Avoid Selling on Fiverr
Fiverr is a platform that a lot of people use to buy and sell. Naturally, there are rules and regulations for using the platform.
Gigs to Stay Clear of Includes:
Adult oriented services
Offering to prepare academic material
For full Fiverr rules, read their Terms and Conditions before you start.
Make sure you work within the Fiverr rules as you can be banned from the platform at any time.
Pros as a Fiverr Seller
- A very good place to get started as a freelancer
- Great to showcase your work
- You can work as much or as little as you want
- There are over 200 categories to choose from
- Can be a fun place to work
- Can make you a decent income
Cons as a Fiverr Seller
- It can take weeks or in some cases months to get gigs when you first start
- Fiverr takes 20% of your sales
- Some clients can be a pain to work with
- Can ban you from the platform at any time
- Little help from Fiverr support
- No controls to stop people from placing orders
Fiverr is not without its negatives. As I looked into it, I saw people who are very happy, earning a nice chunk of cash every month, working on their own time, enjoying working on Fiverr and some being disappointed at the amount of money and traffic they get to their gigs.
Remember Fiverr doesn’t have to be the place you work forever. Especially if you are new to freelancing. Fiverr can give you work experience and give you an opportunity to earn some cash until you build something bigger.
Is Fiverr a Scam?
One thing I can say for certain about Fiverr is that NO. As a previous customer of Fiverr, I can say Fiverr is definitely not a scam. Fiverr is a platform where anyone can sign up to sell or buy a service.
Because of the low entry barrier as a seller, there may be sellers that don’t fulfill the work properly or try to scam you in some way.
But these kinds of people are constantly pushed out of the platform. And if you stick to my guidelines I wrote about before you purchase something, you should not have any problems.
To avoid confusion with the orders, discuss with your seller before you make a purchase.
And if you are a buyer then you can be assured that Fiverr favors you more than the sellers. This is a good and bad thing at the same time. However, it is the case, at the time of writing this. Remember you can always request a refund if the seller goes past the deadline.
Can You Make Money on Fiverr? Is Fiverr Worth it?
The simple answer is yes. You can definitely make money on Fiverr and some have built a successful business around it. It has been worth it for me personally as a buyer.
On top of the package fees, sellers get an opportunity to earn tips from customers as well. I personally have tipped sellers who have done their work to an excellent standard so there’s an extra opportunity for sellers to earn extra money for their work.
But I can’t really answer how successful you will be as a Fiverr seller. As everything depends on your attitude, worth ethic and dedication.
If you are new to freelancing or still getting some work experience or building a portfolio. I would highly recommend starting on Fiverr.
Alternatives to Fiverr
Fiverr is my go-to place for small to medium size jobs. And a good place to start off as a freelancer.
That said there are other alternatives to Fiverr.
Upwork is the place I go to post longer/constant jobs. These jobs are generally bigger and continuing. It is of course another platform where people sign up to sell their freelance services like Fiverr.
Guru is also a place like Upwork. When I was looking for alternatives I wanted to come up with a few alternatives. I don’t have any personal experience with using Guru. But I have read some good things about this platform.
Freelancer is also a marketplace where you can post or hire for jobs. Like Guru, I haven’t personally used Guru to post or hire any work. Freelancer is also a platform where they carry their own terms and conditions.
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I wanted to write this post because I used Fiverr more than a few times and I was happy with the work and value for money I got. As a buyer, I don’t have a lot of bad things to say about Fiverr. Even though you get what you pay for, the gigs I’ve purchased have been of high quality. I certainly got more than my money’s worth more often than not. Be sure to stick to my guidelines before you purchase any gig and you should have no problems.
As a seller, it’s not so straight forward. There are some who are very successful and some who aren’t. Fiverr takes a cut of your earnings and you don’t have full control over your business on Fiverr. Regardless, it can be an excellent place to test the waters and get experience if you are new to freelancing. Even a seasoned freelancer might enjoy working on Fiverr judging by the prices of some gigs.
What do you think about Fiverr? Have you used them? If you have any questions about Fiverr, write a comment below. And if you have a friend that doesn’t know about Fiverr or is looking to make money online via freelancing, you know what to do!