Freelancing
Offering up your services on one of the many dedicated freelancer websites is all well and good. However, with the ever amounting competition and ever increasing commission, going out on your own is something that I believe every freelancer should strive to achieve.

However, going it alone requires a lot of work. Whether you’re a photographer, a web designer/developer, a graphic designer, a writer, a wedding planner or a caterer, your biggest marketing tool will be your portfolio. Which is exactly why I’ve dedicated today’s post to sharing with you my top tips on how to create a freelance portfolio.

Set Up Your Website

Setting up your website is simple and straight forward. In 90% of cases I’d recommend starting a site with WordPress.org. If you use GoDaddy it’ll cost you circa £14 for the first year that includes your domain name and hosting.

I’d recommend WordPress as it’s the most versatile. I’d recommend purchasing a domain rather than opting for a free website to add to your professionalism.

Imagine the difference in; www.CoraHarrison.com when compared to www.CoraHarrison.wordpress.com

Which one says, I’m serious?

Style Your Portfolio

Depending on the type of work you’re doing will depend on the style of your portfolio. Here are some great examples;

Photography

Dave Hill is a fantastic photographer. He highlights his work for recent clients on his portfolioHe highlights his work for recent clients on his portfolio. Notice how clean cut the page is with very little text. Yet navigation couldn’t be easier. 

How to create a freelance portfolio

Graphic Design

Bert is a heavily interactive graphic design portfolio. The team is based in the Netherlands and has used the portfolio to share their story while also showcasing their skills…


Programming

Jordan Peck has a fantastic programming portfolio. What makes it so great is that’s understandable to someone who knows absolutely nothing about code. As well as sharing his projects he also links to his GitHub profile under his social media accounts. This is great for sharing contributions you have made to open source software. 


Translating

NordicText have a fantastic portfolio which highlights their translative services. It’s detailed, highly professional, and provides you with multiple ways to contact the freelancer. The website is also available in the languages that the freelancer translates to / from.



Journalism

Finally we have Alyssa Fishers fantastic journalism portfolio. This does two things really well, it highlights how relevant and up to date her work is with every post including a date. It’s also really easy to navigate. Something that can prove difficult for journalists (who are typical word nuts) to achieve.


Changing the theme of your WordPress blog will allow you to create a freelance portfolio style that’s right for your niche. If you’re struggling to find the right theme, then I’d always recommend checking out ThemeForest.

Add Your Recent Work & Testimonials

Once you create a freelance portfolio you’re going to want to add your recent work and testimonials from previous clients. You’ll find that no matter the niche every portfolio above features these two things.

Now you maybe saying to yourself, but I’ve got no recent work and no testimonials… and that’s ok. There’s three different ways you can go about getting some;

Speak To Friends & Family

Drop an email to your friends and previous co-workers. Call your family. Explain that you’ve started your own business as a freelancer, explain the services and how you’re establishing yourself in the market and how you’re looking for work to feature in your portfolio and testimonials to share with potential clients. Explain that you’ll do the work either for free or at a heavy discount. There’s absolutely no shame in having your first freelance gig coming from your aunty who runs her own cleaning business.

Speak To Non-Profits

Non-profits are always looking for services. Try and align yourself with a non for profit you care about and ask if they require any of your services in return for a testimonial. Not only are you getting a testimonial and some work to feature on your portfolio, you’re helping a charity – what could be better?

If you don’t know where to start with this check out Catchafire where non-profit organisations list projects they have.

Talk To A Local Business Owner

Local is always best. Check out the different shops, bars, restaurants etc. in your local area. Do you think you could help them design a better website? help them manage their social media? help them improve their marketing strategy? 

Speak to them explaining how you might be able to help. If you have a relationship with the service (i.e. you eat / shop / drink there a lot, even better!)

Take note of their current situation and explain how you are able to improve it. Give them confidence by explaining exactly what you would do and again offer them a amazing discount or offer to do the work for free – or even in exchange for store credit!

 

Final Hints & Tips

So you have just finished creating your freelance portfolio, and have recent work and testimonials from real clients. You’re ready to hit the market, here are my final hints and tips to ensure you’re freelancing career starts with a bang!

Be sure to have multiple methods of contacting you shared on your portfolio – and make sure they are professional. Nothing screams great journalist quite like the email address: hotchic478@hotmail.co.uk. Basic professional email accounts start at just £2.99 per month with GoDaddy.

Only showcase your very best work, and be sure to include variety. If you’re a journalist, try and add different styles of work for different media’s. Maybe one piece was for a newspaper, one was for a website and another was for a magazine. Don’t just highlight your variety internally, but externally too. Keep an eye on what you’re competition is doing and look to stand out from the crowd. You want work that really ‘pops’ and get’s the potential client saying “that’s it, that’s what I’m looking for”.

Avoid making your portfolio overwhelming. You’re going to want to limit the amount of work you share. This is entirely going to depend on your niche so have a look at the number of pieces your competition share. Go for quality over quantity. 

No matter how great your work is, the potential client is only going to click through a few projects before deciding if you’re the freelancer for them.

Stay current. Remember how much I loved the journalist who had dated her work. That’s because I knew she was actively working. Actively on trend. Now, I’m not suggesting you date your work, but be sure you don’t include old work. Regardless of your niche trends change, and a potential client will be able to spot your old, outdated work. 

Don’t be afraid to add notes. But be sure to keep it concise. You don’t have to tell the life story of the project but if you want to explain about who the client was, the problems they were having or the brief, and how you achieved or solved that problem – Great!

Don’t forget to purchase business cards. They are great to hand out to friends, family and people you just bump into on the street (well, maybe not quite but you know what I mean…). Read more about the best places to get business cards, and how to stand out from the ‘business card crowd’ here…

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Freelancer.com launched in January 2009. In just eight months it achieved one million users. Five years post-launch the website hit the 10,000,000 user milestone and just two and a half years later that number had doubled to 20,000,000 users!


If all that’s not enough to make you think twice about the more traditional freelancer network Freelancer.com then let’s talk about the positives and negatives for both freelancers and clients in this Freelancer.com review;

Freelancer.com Review: For Clients

Let’s start with what in my opinion is the negative of Freelancer.com for clients. They charge you 3% or £2.00 (which ever is greater) for every project. As we know from my review of UpWork, that’s not a business structure I believe in. 

If you can get over that then maybe your on to a winner here. Especially considering how simple and straight forward Freelancer.com want to make it, for you to find the right person for the job using their website;


The process of signing up for an account couldn’t be easier. Neither could finding the right freelancer for the job based on the applications you receive. Thanks to the sheer volume of freelancers on Freelancer.com you can expect to receive a vast number of applications quickly. I’d always recommend being as clear as you can as to your requirements. Also don’t forget to set a realistic budget for the work. If you pay peanuts you’re going to get monkeys

In conclusion, I personally wouldn’t use Freelancer.com for any of the work I could get done for $5 or less. For that I would use Fiverr. It’s free for clients, and is quick, simple and straight forward thanks to their ‘shop for your service’ format. 

However, if you are looking for long-term, highly qualified freelancers then Freelancer.com is set to be the website for you.

Freelancer.com Review: For Freelancers

On average there are 100 new jobs available on Freelancer.com every hour. However, don’t let that somewhat impressive statistic fool you. That’s because each of those jobs receives an average of 20 applications in that first hour.

It’s safe to say competition is fierce. 

However, so are many of the other major freelancing platforms. In fact, I’d say if you’re going to stand out on any as a new freelancer then you need to learn how to go the extra mile for your potential clients. Speaking of similarities between other freelancing platforms. The fee’s for freelancers on Freelancer.com are not on a tiered platform like Upwork. Instead you’re charged a flat fee of 10% or £3.50 (which ever is greater)

One benefit Freelancer.com does offer it’s freelancers that’s unlike it’s competitions is the ability to see the median price of bids. Take this post for example…



There’s been 43 applications for this job, and the average price of these applications for this work is $137. I always say that you shouldn’t race to the bottom. An I almost believe seeing this average price helps. It allows you to price slightly higher than the average whilst also increasing that service offering. 

A good potential client will understand the value of quality work and is likely to pay around 20% more than the average. 


In conclusion. I think Freelancer.com is one of the best Freelancing platforms if you’re looking for a long-term relationship with clients and have major services to offer. However, if you’re looking for a one time service, or small job then I still believe Fiverr is best both for freelancers and clients. 

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Upwork is the baby of Elance and o-Desk since they merged in 2015. It currently has a whopping 12 million registered freelancers and 5 million registered clients. There’s also approximately 3 million jobs posted annually worth a total of $1 billion. It’s no surprise then that it’s the largest freelancer network on the market. 


Upwork Review: For Clients

Let me start by saying Upwork has recently changed it’s fee’s. They now charge both the client and the freelancer. Client fees are set at 2.75% per payment. Unfortunatly the fee’s don’t end there as they also take between a 20% and 5% cut from the freelancer too.

Upwork has been designed for all job sizes. However, I’d choose Fiverr over Upwork for smaller jobs – it’s just easier. Assume I’m wanting help from a web designer, I’m looking at about $300. Well Upwork are going to ask for an additional $8.25 it doesn’t sound a lot, I know. However, it just seems wrong when they take a further $60 in this instance from the freelancer too.

In fact that cuts the $300 you’re putting up by almost one third, down to $231.75. It starts to make you question whether you might save money, or in fact get more for your money by going to an independent freelancer outside of a freelancing platform such as Upwork.

Fees aside, Upwork is the largest of all the freelancer networks. It’s therefore no surprise that it has some of the most established and experience freelancers with a vast array of skills. This means if you want a job doing, and you want it doing right, you’re going to find the right person for the job on this platform.

As for finding the right person for the job. Well Upwork’s website functionality and ease of use has been well developed over time making it simple and straight forward.

upwork review


Upwork Review: For Freelancers

If anything the merger of Elance and O-Desk two years ago has actually had a negative impact on freelancers. I now see more complaints from freelancers than I do positive comments.  Why is this?

It once again comes down to fee’s. By charging the client fee’s the clients are going elsewhere. Which equates to the freelancers getting less work. The fee’s don’t end there… Upwork has allowed for multi-currencies – sounds great right? Except it charges a markup to the freelancer when converting currencies… – not so great.


Remember, this is per client relationship. It’s not based on your lifetime earnings on Upwork.

Unfortunatly the negative changes of Upwork don’t end there. Upwork have also reduced their service offerings. Worse still they’ve done it quietly providing zero information before, during or after to the freelancers. With this I’m talking about client invoices now being sent in the name of the freelancer rather than Upwork.

This in turn creates additional tax burdens for the freelancer. These burdens take time, and time equals money. Taking away a service like this should equate to a reduction in fees. Unfortunatly it’s the opposite.

Personally, I believe Upwork’s redeeming feature is in it’s thriving customer support. This is backed up by a vast forum section complete with FAQ and members helping members. This means that common, basic customer queries can be resolved in a matter of minutes.


In conclusion, I honestly believe Upwork seems to be the only freelancer platform that’s struggling. It’s at a crossroads, it’s got too big for it’s boots and it’s starting to fail. That’s not to say it’s not a great place to find a freelancer or become a freelancer. If anything it’s the best time to become a freelancer as many of the top freelancers will be leaving due to rising fee’s – however it’s also highly likely they’ll be taking their long-term clients with them. 

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Today I’m conducting a People Per Hour review. People Per Hour was the very first ‘freelance portal’ I used both as a client and a freelancer. In a very short space of time I earned more than £2,000 for my services part-time whilst at University. As I set out on my journey of a self-employed entrepreneur I also started to hire freelancers to complete work. This work was either outside of my skill set or taking up too much of my time. 


People Per Hour currently operates in 89 countries. With more than 1.5 million registered users and a total of 1.1 million jobs which have been posted. Earning freelancers a slice of more than $100 million. 


People Per Hour Review: For Clients

People Per Hour is a traditional ‘freelance portal’ connecting the likes of small businesses to an attire of potential freelances. It was the first website I ever used both as a freelancer and a client… it’s come a long way since then.

There are now two ways in which you can hire a freelancer;

Post Job

Post a job on the People Per Hour job board. Tailor your request and requirements and explain exactly what the job entails. Off the back of this potential freelancers will ‘bid’ for the job. Explaining how they can meet (and perhaps even exceed) your requirements. 

People Per Hour Review


Purchase An Hourly

The second way in which you can hire a potential freelancer is through the ‘hourly’ feature. Think of this like Fiverr. Freelancers pitch work they can complete and you’ll purchase the service directly from them. This is great for standard work as you’re not having to rely on freelancers contacting you. Instead the purchase can be much more instantaneous. 


To give you an idea of exactly how much work I’ve given to the freelancers of People Per Hour check out my dashboard. Here you’ll see I’ve posted 24 jobs, but only managed to hire 7 people to complete the work. This means just 1 in every 3.5 job posted being awarded. So it’s safe to say I’ve wasted A LOT of time posting jobs that no freelancer has been good enough to work with me on. 

I’ve also dished out more than £1,000 which means I can speak from experience when I say the freelancers on People Per Hour are some of the WORST I’ve worked with. My prime example has to be a web designer I hired for a project back in 2014. The work totalled to more than £2,400 however it was going to be paid in stages. 


This project was a huge deal, and I was strict with every aspect of the design right through to the timeline in which the work needed to be completed in. I’d paid a premium to get ‘the best of the best’ to do the work, and they simply failed to deliver. They missed the first deadline, so I decided to contact them by email, and after a couple of days I had no response. Weeks went by and I had nothing to show for my first installment, People Per Hour customer service was ‘useless’ with no contact number, no live chat assistance and slow to respond emails. In the end I ended up taking them to the small claims court to get my money back.

Believe it or not I’m a pretty easy going person to work for. I understand what it’s like on the other side of the fence and only wish I’d have received some communication. Even if it was bad news. This wasn’t just a solo freelancer, it was an accompaniment of freelancers who had come together to form a digital company. 

– and I know what you’re thinking… This is just one of thousands of freelancers on People Per Hour. To that I say your right. Unfortunatly, my assistance with accounting when I was first new to the world of Xero didn’t go too well either. In fact I ended up sacking the particular freelancer and hiring another. 

Unfortunatly, the other was just as bad and ended up distorting my accounts to the point in which I nearly overpaid on tax by 200% – Always check the work of your freelancer.

Luckily, in these instances the ‘fear’ of getting negative feedback on People Per Hour meant the customer service had very little to intervene with. However, if that’s the case then how is anyone honestly going to know these people simply can’t do the job you’re hiring them for?



People Per Hour Review: For Freelancers

People Per Hour is a little better when it comes to it’s service offerings for freelancers. You’re able to tailor your applications to a specific persons request – using this opportunity wisely you can easily improve your job prospects. 

Unfortunatly, I’d say the benefits for freelancers end there. 

People Per Hour take a cut of 15% for the first $280 earned every month, and 3.5% after that.

So if you earn $500 one month then People Per Hour will take a $49.70 cut.

However, the fee’s don’t end there. Every month you recieve 15 ‘free credits’ they can be used to bid on jobs. Once you run out you’ll be required to purchase additional credits in order to bid on additional work.

This is a great way to increase your job prospects as many will stop bidding on jobs once they’ve used their 15 and move onto another site. So, if you’re willing to spend a little to make a lot especially in the beginning when you’re looking to establish yourself then this could work.

The upselling doesn’t end there… People Per Hour also have ‘featured profiles’. According to People Per Hour statistics this increases your job prospects by 300%. Unfortunatly, such a promotion is going to cost you circa £8 per day! (It’s based on a bidding system so actual amounts will vary)


In conclusion, I’d personally only use People Per Hour if you’re already one of it’s established freelancers. As for hiring a freelancer, I’d look to Fiverr for the generic hourly services or UpWork for more tailored job specific freelancers

It seems that People Per Hour only care about one thing and that’s money…

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So, you’ve created a Fiverr profile. Created the perfect gig. Now you’re looking to start ranking for relevant search terms in the Fiverr results. As the platform has grown ‘making it’ as a seller on Fiverr has become more difficult as the competition has increased. 

However, just because it’s harder doesn’t make it impossible. Which is why today we’ll be covering exactly how to rank your Fiverr gig. 

Ranking Factors

Based on some research I’ve conducted over the past three years. Here’s what I believe are the most important factors when it comes to ranking your Fiverr gig. These are listed in order of importance.

#1 Reviews

Which of course sucks for someone who is just starting out. The ways in which this is calculated is two fold, firstly on the number of reviews, secondly on the ‘stars’. So if you’re looking to rank your Fiverr gig getting that initial boost could be essential.

On Fiverr you’ll tend to find most gigs that rank have a large number of reviews between 4.5 and 5.0 stars. 

However, if you’re looking to branch out into a new niche within Fiverr then there’s good news. You see it’s been proven that Fiverr not only looks at the number of reviews you get on a particular gig. Instead, Fiverr looks at your entire account and how you rank as a ‘Fiverr seller’ across the board.


#2 Keywords

As I mentioned in designing the perfect Fiverr gig. Keywords are essential when it comes to ranking for relevant searches. 

However, using the correct keywords on the gig is just the half of it. That’s because Fiverr allows you to add a description to your Fiverr profile. This will show up on each gig page that you have. So, if you’re niche is ‘SEO content’ then be sure to organically phrase associated keywords such as “SEO Content” and “Search Engine Optimised Content” in your profile. 

#3 Gig Views

As you can imagine, the more eyeballs coming to your gigs the better. Whether these potential customers go on to purchase your gig is at this stage irrelevant. That’s because these views demonstrate to Fiverr that the content you have put in your gig (keywords, photos etc.) is relevant enough to the search term to be viewed by the customer.

#4 Queue

Fiverr relies on those selling services to provide a ‘good job’ for the client because, remember Fiverr makes money from you selling your services. If the customer has a bad experience with a freelancer within Fiverr then they are likely to associate it with the entire platform and go elsewhere in future.

This is exactly why reviews are so important, however they aren’t the only influence that Fiverr can track to ensure you’re likely to perform for the customer. Another way is the length of your ‘queue’.

If you have a large backlog of work then Fiverr is more likely to push you down in the search results. That’s because you’re seen as being less likely to complete the work quickly for the client. So, if you want more work, be sure to keep on top of the work you already have…




In conclusion, by understanding the ‘Fiverr algorithm’ you should be better prepared to rank your Fiverr gig going forward. Once you do achieve a ranking status on any of your gigs this is likely to snowball. So, if you’re struggling to start with be sure to keep your spirits up and continue to over deliver to all the clients you have.

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Today I’m going to be showing you how you can create the perfect Fiverr gig. Allowing you to increase your sales, earn more cash as a freelancer, and improve your freelance reputation. If you’re just starting out on Fiverr or any freelance website for that fact you can be discouraged by the vast number of people in your service offering who have an established feedback. However, I’m here to tell you not to worry. 

Crafting a professional and perfect Fiverr gig is going to give you the competitive advantage over even the most established freelancer. 

Before we get started, if you need a little motivation then be sure to check out this article from Forbes. It features 3 people who make six-figure salaries from offering their services on Fiverr.

 

 

Decide On A Service Offering Niche

There’s nothing I hate reading more than a profile from a freelancer who is trying to offer (and be) everything. A web designer, graphic designer, and SEO expert. It’s just not possible. Decide on the service you would most like to offer and aim to be the very best person on Fiverr who offers that very service.


It’s better to be amazing at one thing than just average at one-hundred others…



Review The Competition

So many of us burry our head in the sand when it comes to our competition. We’re afraid to see how good they might be, because we worry that we won’t be able to compete. Let me make one thing clear.

Competition is good! It provides us with drive, ambition and motivation. It’s also highly beneficial for the client. They are going to be getting the very best within a service offering.

That said, it’s time to look at your own competition within your service offering, and every top ranking competitor within it. 


How To Create The Perfect Fiverr Gig


I’ve used the logo design niche as an example. It’s one of the most competitive and sought after niches on the site which means it can be hard to break through. However, start by looking at the top 10 ranking ‘gigs’ individually (you’re welcome to look at more, and I’d certainly suggest doing so over time). 

Take a look at what this freelancer is doing right, and what they are doing wrong. Check there gig titles, latest reviews, descriptions, tags, and profile. You’re looking at things that this particular freelancer is doing well, and things they are not doing particularly well, such as;

Grammar mistakes – This is a huge indicator of low levels of professionalism of the seller.

Bad content styling – Random and chaotic styling, characters, bold letters etc…

Poor images – Especially as we’re particularly looking at logo design in this example, you’d expect the images to be AMAZING!


Delivery time – Our entire society is based on wanting everything right now. Fiverr is no different. 


You’re not going to succeed by offering the same as what everyone else is doing. There are already far too many established gigs which clients will choose over yours. What you need to do is over deliver. Look at what the best in your niche is offering and offer considerably more than them.

Create The Gig

Now you’ve done the research it’s time to start actually putting pen to paper so to speak, and creating your very own perfect Fiverr gig. I’ve broken this down based on each entry method of a typical Fiverr gig;


Title

The title of your gig is one of two things that is going to have the most influence on your ‘perfect Fiverr gig’. 

Whilst Fiverr allows you up to 80 characters in a title. Your perfect Fiverr gig title should have less. That’s because Fiverr will cut you off on the search after around 40. This means you really need to make those characters count. 

The image above is a great example of some short titles. Unfortunatly they seriously lack proper English. 


You’ll notice that when starting out on Fiverr you wont be allowed any uppercase words. This comes when you achieve ‘Level 2’. At that point Fiverr will provide you with the opportunity to convert one word to uppercase. 


When you get yourself into this position my word of advice is to capitalise the adjective. It has much more impact than the keyword. A great example is in the gig above, this freelancer chose to capitalise ‘awesome’ and it’s worked out pretty well for them with over 2,000 feedback.



Description

Fiverr is a lot more giving when it comes to your gig’s description. In fact, you have a total of 1,200 characters to play with. Alongside the unlimited ability of styling and customisation. You want to use all of this to your advantage, however, what I see a lot of is this;


This gig description is filled with bad English, long paragraphs and very limited style. You should avoid creating descriptions like this, and instead look to create something similar to this;

 

Tags

You have a choice of just 5 tags. So use them wisely. I’d advise doing a little research by typing your main keyword into the Fiverr search bar and seeing what other results appear. These are known as long-tail keywords and you’re much more likely to rank for one of these when compared to simply ‘logo design’ 


The search bar within Fiverr is a ‘google’ so these are what your potential clients are searching for within Fiverr. In this case I’d probably look to use the tags such as; Graphic Design Logo, Design a Logo, Business Logo Design…

Images

Images, are the second most important component of creating the perfect Fiverr gig. They create the thumbnail of your gig. When choosing the image you’d like to use you have three choices;

Snapshot of the gig video – We’ll be covering video in more detail a little later. Think of this like Youtube. You’ll simply be able to take the best snapshot of the video and include it as an image. 

Create your own images – If you’re a graphic designer, then this one is probably going to be for you. A chance to showcase your best work.


Images from the Internet
– Whilst it is an option I’d always advise against it. No doubt others in your niche have taken images from the internet and therefore you’re simply just going to fade into the background.

Ultimately to decide what’s the best for you look back to your competition, see what they are doing. Do they have snapshots of their face from the video? or really amazing graphics? 

Always make sure to create images that comply with Fiverr’s gig image size which is 550×370, because otherwise, the image will be cut to fit the container and there is no full image preview on Fiverr.


Video

Fiverr state that services that include a video increase conversions by 220%. So if you REALLY want to create the perfect Fiverr gig then it’s going to need a video. 

Much like the images, go back and look at the most highly ranked gig’s in your field. What are there videos like? What do they include?

Fiverr is snappy (remember when I said everyone wants everything now? Well clients want to know if you’re the right freelancer for them ASAP!) so you want to ensure you’re video is less than one minute long. 

One minute isn’t long, and doesn’t give you much time for ‘waffling’ so get to the point…

“Hello,

I’m XX.
I am providing XX gig.
This gig is… [insert the best points from your set of bullet points]
(you are obliged by Fiverr to include a sentence in which you explicitly say that this service is exclusively offered on Fiverr – otherwise, your video won’t get approved)
Click that ‘buy’ button and you’ll have this work completed and back in your inbox in 24 hours (include a call to action. Tell the potential client to do something is proven marketing psychology) 

Remember, you don’t have to be the person in the video. If you’re not comfortable in front of the camera or simply don’t have very good English then ask a friend or family member to do it for you. Just don’t hire someone from Fiverr to do it. This common mistake means you’ll find the same person promoting 20% of the gigs in the same service offering – that doesn’t look professional. 

Same thing goes for editing. If you have the skills, great. If you don’t this is something you can hire out on Fiverr. 


There we have it. My complete breakdown on how to create the perfect Fiverr gig. As always I’d love to know what you think of this post, or the impact it has should you implement these techniques on your very own Fiverr gigs. Be sure to let me know in the comments below…

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Fiverr launched in February 2010, and catapulted itself to the top of the freelance food chain. In this Fiverr review I’m going to be highlighting both the benefits you have when selling your services on Fiverr, as well as the benefits you have when hiring a freelancer through Fiverr.


Services offered on Fiverr are more commonly known as ‘gigs’. Other freelancing companies get the employer to pitch what they need and the freelancer applies for the job. Fiverr however, is the opposite. The freelancer says what jobs they’ll do, and the employer browses the website like they would an online store and buys a person’s gig. Here’s some examples…

Fiverr review


Fiverr Review: For Clients

With such a wide range of affordable services available to purchase on Fiverr I’m not surprised by it’s rapid growth. However, if you’re purchasing a service for $5 then surely you have a right to be sceptical?

I’ve been using Fiverr for a number of years now. No more so than for help with this very blog, and I have to say… So far so good. The services I’ve received have all been above my expectations. They’ve been delivered on time and in many cases I’ve gone on to hire that person again for future work.


I personally feel as though my success as a client on Fiverr has come down to a number of different things;

My Expectations Are Realistic
If I’m hiring someone for $5 I certainly don’t expect the work that I’d usually pay $50 or even $500 for. With that in mind I only purchase services or ‘gigs’ that I feel are to the value of $5. However, Fiverr has recently introduced ‘gig extras’.


These are of great benefit to both the freelancer and the client. That’s because they allow the client to find a particularly great freelancer, who has a proven track record and hire them to conduct higher level work.

I Only Hire People With A Large Number of Positive Reviews
Fiverr makes it simple and straight forward to filter the good from the bad. This means there is no excuse not to hire the very best that Fiverr has to offer within your particular service category.


I Communicate My Request Clearly
Once I’ve decided on a particular freelancer I make it simple and straight forward for them to follow the task. I’ll always invite them to contact me should they have any questions or concerns. As a bonus, I look to hire freelancers who offer revisions, just incase I’m unhappy with the result.

In conclusion, I believe that Fiverr can be the perfect resource for many clients needs. The ‘instantaneous’ purchase of a service limits the amount of time you’re required to wait to communicate with a potential freelancer. 

However, Fiverr’s flexibility not only means you can hire a particular freelancer that you’ve worked with previously to do a higher level of work for you. You can also submit a request to the Fiverr community, much like on the typical freelancer platforms, if you are unable to find someone offering the particular service you require.

Fiverr Review: For Freelancers

With Fiverr being a hit with the clients. I’m sure you’re eager to find out what is it like offering your services on this platform as a freelancer?

Service Flexibility
Fiverr really does have no limits when it comes to the different types of service offerings. There’s over 100 different service categories, which means that regardless of your skill you’re bound to find something you can offer…

Pricing Flexibility
As I spoke about in the review for clients. Freelancers are able to offer three different service packages. Basic, Standard and Premium. They can range in price from $5 right up to $995.

You can also offer express delivery of a service for an additional fee. As well as ‘gig extra’s, all of this can contribute to you earning hundreds of dollars from one service offering.


Whether you’re just getting started on Fiverr or are simply struggling to achieve sales. Here’s how you can create the perfect Fiverr gig.


Getting Paid Is Easy
Fiverr take a 20% cut of everything you earn which can seem like a lot. On the flip-side there is a benefit of them doing so. They provide you with the ability to get paid quickly and easily (no more chasing clients) and provide you with a platform in which to advertise as many service offerings as you’d like.


In conclusion, I believe that Fiverr is one of the most flexible and best performing freelance platforms available from both the perspective of the client and the freelancer. I also think the platform has come a long way by listening to both the perspective of freelancers and clients by introducing the different service offerings in which one freelancer can offer through one gig.

As always, I’d love to know what you think of both this Fiverr review, and Fiverr in general. Have you used the service in the past as a freelancer or a client? What has your experience been like? Would you consider using the service in the future? If so what for? Let me know in the comments below…

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