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.
- Website Functionality - 90%90%
- Website Ease of Use - 90%90%
- Service Variety - 90%90%
- Customer Support - 70%70%
- Value for Money - 70%70%
Fiverr currently has more than 3 million listings available with jobs ranging from $5 right up to $500. However, with services so cheap are the clients getting quality? and the freelances getting paid?
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: 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?
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…
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.
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…