I’ve been asked about Fiverr several times, so seeing as how I’ve been using the website for over a year I thought I’d write about it. I’m going to make this at least a three part series, released on Thursdays over the coming weeks. Today, we’re talking about reasons why you should be on Fiverr as a seller.
I’ve been on Fiverr for just a bit more than a year now. I started a profile in May of last year after hearing about it, mostly because I was curious to try it out. It was during a time where I was open to trying pretty much anything as long as it made me money, so I didn’t think too much of it. My first gig came a few weeks after I set up my profile, and I’ve been getting gigs from Fiverr a few times a month. All writing gigs of some kind.
So to start with, what is Fiverr? The 5 second summary: it’s a website that connects freelancers and clients for quick, $5 gigs. That’s the concept anyway. In practice, you can find gigs for much more than $5, with some going into the several hundreds depending on the type of work you’re looking for. You’ll find a wide variety of sellers on the site, from professional artists working out of Brooklyn apartments to app developers from the other side of the world. It’s great for buyers; you can usually find just about any service you might need, especially if you’re running a business. You can get your logo designed, a custom jingle, SEO (search engine optimized) content for $5 a piece. But is it worth it for sellers? Here are my top three reasons why it is.
Fiverr finds clients for you.
Unless you’ve already got an established client base, finding people who’ll pay you for your work can be challenging. This is especially true if you’re a writer or a graphic designer; the internet is full of people just like you. If you set up a few gigs for yourself on Fiverr, buyers will be able to find you by looking for the service you offer. For example, I put up two writing gigs. One’s for 250 words of copywriting and the other is 3 tag lines, each for $5. By tagging my gigs correctly, I’m essentially making myself visible to potential clients. It’s kind of like joining an online directory. After a couple of gigs (and hopefully some positive reviews) your visibility increases, and you can start finding more clients.
(Almost) everything is taken care of
Being your own boss is great, except for the fact that you’re responsible for everything. Invoicing, chasing payments, advertising, branding, and marketing are just a few of those things that freelancers need to handle, that I’ve never had to take care of. Because I’m on Fiverr. Fiverr handles all the money, so you never have to worry about not receiving a payment from a client. No cheques bouncing or clients running away when it’s time to pay. Now if you want to succeed, you do need to do a little bit of branding work. People respond well to gigs that are visually pleasing, but usually it’s as simple as filming yourself talking about it. Just enough to show who you are and what you do. Besides that, pretty much anything that’s not the actual work you want to do is handled by Fiverr.
This is the big one. When you’re starting out, you might not be too confident in your abilities. You don’t have experience, and you’re not always sure how to handle bumps in the road. Throwing yourself into freelancing is a huge step, and many are scared to take it. A year ago, I wasn’t sure I’d have anything to offer as a freelancer, but I started my Fiverr account anyway. If I hadn’t, I don’t think I’d be writing today. Writing for clients on Fiverr is what has given me the nerve I need in my day to day. It’s what made me pursue writing contracts. If you’ve got a skill, a talent or a trade, you might want to work for yourself. You might not be sure where to start (I definitely wasn’t). For people who are new to freelancing, spending some time working on Fiverr will let you get your feet wet with little risk. Since you don’t have to spend time or money advertising and building up your brand, you can work for Fiverr as a side hustle, putting in only a few hours each week. It gives you flexibility if you’re not sure freelancing is for you. However, if you’re 100% convinced you want to be a freelancer, Fiverr can still be a huge learning experience.
In a future article, I’ll delve deeper into specific things I’ve learned from a year spent writing on Fiverr. Next week we’ll be talking about reasons you shouldn’t be on Fiverr. You can catch that next Thursday right here.