Does this Title make any sense to anyone? If not, then your probably normal.
First off, what is Fiverr? If you know that, then maybe the title makes sense. What kind of name is this? When I first saw the name Fiverr I was thinking it must be German or something. But no, it’s just five plus er, or 5er. Maybe that would have been the better domain name for their website. 5er.com.
Anyways, what is a gig refers to an online micro-gig or micro-job. It’s another great way to make money online from the comfort of your home or from anywhere in the world. Many travelers recommend it as a way to stay afloat, financially speaking, when you’re traveling the world.
Fiverr, What Is A Gig, refers to what people are looking for in order to make money online for 5 dollars per gig.
Most of the jobs involve technical skills such as: writing, programming, graphic artistry, or design? But skills on Fiverr.com can range from funny to goofy depending on your natural charisma and personality?
Like the guy above who will sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow with his Ukulele from a beach.
Are you familiar with Fiverr.com and know how it works to help buyers and sellers alike? Do you know what a Fiverr gigs are best to avoid?
If not, keep reading and I’ll give you a quick breakdown of the micro-gig website called Fiverr.com. I’ll show you what it is and how you can use it to make money and or outsource your own work for a mere $5 dollars, it’s incredible.
How Does Fiverr.com Work?
Fiverr.com is a digital service based website offering freelancers the opportunity to sell their specialty services in the form of gigs, also know as micro-jobs. Every micro-job listed on Fiverr.com starts out at $5, but can go up in price based on the buyers specifications. At the same time, Fiverr also allows buyers an affordable way to purchase these micro-gigs at low prices to streamline their own work projects.
Fiverr’s freelancers offer a variety of digital services such as; content writing, website reviews, graphic designs, marketing campaigns, programming, etc. But they also have some fun and particularly goofy micro gigs like this guys has listed below, “I will make a short video of myself dancing in spandex with a custom birthday message for $5”. Reminds me a bit of Will Ferrell don’t you think?
The guy is actually doing a pretty good job with over 840 gigs and a 4.9 star rating.
Fiverr.com offers the following categories for Freelance Sellers & Buyers…
- Graphics and Design
- Online Marketing
- Writing and Translation
- Video and Animation
- Music and Audio
- Programming and Technology
- & Gifts
Fiverr For Sellers
Fiverr offers digital freelancers a way to make consistent online income if they have good seller ratings, feedback, and an on demand service. Fiverr provides these freelancers an opportunity to sell their skills by completing quick one time jobs for $5. Depending on the service and the amount of time for a specific gig, they can turn out plenty of gigs in a day to make some decent cash.
But at the same time, this can take a while for a seller to build up consistent gigs. It takes time to develop your reputation in order to land consistent paying jobs.
Fiverr sellers can also use the service as a launching pad for their careers. This can be a way to land a permanent job or build up your personal clientele. The basic jobs can start at $5, but with upgrades and other services, you might be selling your services as high as $20-$40.
This can also be a way to showcase your work skills, artistic abilities, and be a great way to network your skills in whatever field of expertise you represent.
Fiverr For Buyers
Now for buyers, Fiverr.com can really provide some great services and benefits. For example, say it’s your grandsons birthday and he loves Donald Duck. You can easily find a Fiverr Seller here that does birthday greeting in the Donald Duck voice and will call your Grandson to wish him a happy birthday. This can be a priceless birthday gift that will bring laughter and joy to a young child for a mere $5 dollars.
At the same time, if you need to design a cool business card or header on your website, and you don’t have technical skills or access to Photoshop, this can be a huge time and money saver for your business.
Or if you have a website and you want someone to personally endorse your product or promote your website, you can find this too here on fiverr.com as well.
So you can see there are many advantages in using a service like fiverr.com for both buyers and sellers. But are there any cons to this micro gig service?
Cons of Fiverr Micro-Gigs
Well there is always the old adage, “You Get What You Pay For”. But as I was researching Fiverr for this article I found people who felt they didn’t get exactly what they paid for or had some form of complaint. But it really comes down to a little common sense and due diligence.
Cons for the Buyers:
Buyers need to look at the job their are requesting for $5 dollars. If it’s writing 500 words of content, then maybe you’ll get a good article, maybe not. If it’s changing your websites host company to another host company, than this is a pretty easy job for an experienced web master. So you should get exactly what you pay for.
It seems that most of the feedback from buyers has been positive, plus they always add, it only cost $5 dollars, so it was a pretty good deal.
I think the most important part for the buyer is to check the sellers rating, read through their profile, read the specifications of their services and see if they have the Top Rated Seller label on their profile. Like this gentleman below. Now if we look into his profile a little bit closer. We can see that he looks to be a pretty trustworthy seller.
The One Special Warning that I would give Buyers who own a Website or Blog and are considering purchasing Back Links, Social Site Likes or Followers from the Online Marketing section is this, DON’T DO IT.
Most everything that I have read and know about back linking is that back links need to come from natural sources. For example, if you write a featured article on another persons website with a back link to your website, this will be a positive back link that will boost your Google rating. Those are positive back links and Google rewards this. But if you buy fake back links, that can actually do more damage to your website in terms of decreasing your rankings and visibility. Google will actually punish you for buying fake back links.
As well, I have heard that many people who buy social likes or shares end up loosing these followers as soon as they start sharing their content or posting mass social messages. Those can be developed easily enough as well so there’s no need to buy such frivolous purchases.
Cons for the Seller
- Although Fiverr is the largest platform for micro-gigs, they also charge the most in seller fees at 20%. So for every $5 dollar gig, the seller keeps $4 dollars.
- Payouts are in the form of PayPal, and that usually takes another 2.5% from the transaction. So again a little less money for the Seller.
- Once a job is submitted from a Buyer, the Fiverr system automatically accepts the job on the Sellers behalf, which limits the freedom and job selection for the Seller.
- There is a 14 day waiting period before funds are available in the sellers PayPal account.
I also have heard several complaints by sellers directed towards buyers that many times they do not read the full advertisement from the Seller, i.e. certain specifications of the gig, etc. Then the Seller is forced to cancel the project due to the Buyer not reading all the details before making their purchase.
There are many Micro-gig websites out there, and I will continue to review and pursue these sites as potential Online Jobs for those of you who are pursuing a life of working online and dread the 9-5 game.
But Fiverr is easily the fastest growing and holds the most online gigs in the market, currently about 2,000,000. They offer a rating service for the buyers to review the sellers and the gigs themselves are very low risk to try. $5 dollars shouldn’t break the bank.
Fiverr.com provides sellers an opportunity to earn quick money for online micro-gigs with potential for consistent work depending on their service and performance. Fiverr.com also provides a great marketplace for buyers who want something technical or that is outside of their skill set that they can get completed at a very economical price.
Besides a few complaints from both buyers and sellers, Fiverr.com comes off to me as a Win Win Solution.
If you have any experience as a buyer or seller on Fiverr.com, please leave your comments below to let others know what you think of this unique freelance platform.
And if you are a seller who has writing, graphic designs, and computer science skills and you want to take those skills and make a real online business out of them. Look no further.
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