Fiverr Review: What You Need to Know about Working as a Freelancer

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The world is global. People from all over the world are turning to platforms like Fiverr to sell their services. In this Fiverr review, we will go into what it's like to work as a freelancer for the company.

Not a writer or a graphic designer? No problem. Freelancers can also sell services like relationship advice or online lessons.

The Rise of the Virtual Workspace

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A growing number of small and large businesses are turning to platforms like Fiverr, Linkedin Profinder, Guru, and PeoplePerHour. The global outsourcing industry hit $85.6 bn in 2018 and is still growing.

As the world becomes more virtual, it's easier to work with anyone from anywhere. These platforms let freelancers be in control of their own business. All these platforms take a certain fee out of every job completed.

The benefit for the companies is they can choose from a global network of talent. Freelancers can connect with top clients, all in one place. Companies can also save on the expense of hiring a full-time employee with benefits.

What Is a Fiverr Review?

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Fiverr is an online marketplace that connects buyers and sellers. Originally, every job on the site cost $5, hence the name.

What Kind of Jobs Do People Sell on Fiverr?

People sell all kinds of jobs on Fiverr. There are lots of sellers with jobs posts for $5, $10, or $15. It can be a good way for beginners to get experience and exposure.

Fiverr's job categories are:

  • Graphics & Design
  • Digital Marketing
  • Writing & Translation
  • Video & Animation
  • Music & Audio
  • Programming & Tech
  • Business
  • Lifestyle

Within these categories, you will find the professional and obscure.

One example is the YouTube star, PewDiePie. He infamously posted a job asking for someone to hold up an obscene and derogatory sign for $5. He had no problem getting offers. Two sellers from India did the task. PewDiePie got bad publicity for the stunt, and the sellers in India got their accounts banned.

This shows the quality level across Fiverr is far from uniform. Serious requests may be mixed in with the ridiculous ones, as often quality control is not widely implemented.

Product Specs

Fiverr rates freelancers or sellers by levels. There is Level One, Level Two, or Top Rated. Freelancers are rated according to their activity, performance, and reputation on the platform. Sellers advance through the levels automatically.

Top-rated sellers are selected by hand by Fiverr's team. Fiverr takes into account the age of the account, the volume of sales, high ratings, excellent customer service, high order completion rate, and leadership in the community. Top-rated sellers get access to VIP support and certain beta features.

Fiverr Pro is another category on Fiverr. Pro Sellers must apply to Fiverr's editors and be approved. They are professionals who could either be existing sellers on Fiverr or new to the platform.

Getting a Job

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Sellers create their own gigs, such as writing a blog post or designing a business logo. Now, sellers can offer packages where they can offer different versions of their service at different prices.

Sellers should be as detailed as possible and complete their profiles. Sellers can also send Custom Offers to Buyer Requests. Fiverr offers many resources to new sellers to help them get started.

Pricing

Sellers on this Fiverr review price their gigs at anywhere from $5 to $995. They can also offer three different versions of their services at different prices.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

LinkedIn Profinder
Guru
PeoplePerHour

Fiverr

Fiverr Website

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Pay Per Task $

Jobs 5 Stars

There is a huge array of jobs on the platform. Anything you could think of, you can probably find.

Payment Options 4 Stars

Sellers get paid once their order is marked as complete. After that, you need to wait 14 days for the funds to clear. Top-rated sellers have to only wait seven days.

Payment options are:

  • PayPal
    • The minimum withdrawal amount is $1
    • No withdrawal fees
  • Credit to your Fiverr Revenue Card
    • The minimum withdrawal amount is $5
    • Withdrawal fee is $1 for 2-day delivery, $3 for 2-hour delivery
  • Bank transfer
    • Through Payoneer
    • The minimum withdrawal amount is $20
    • Withdrawal fee is $3
  • Direct deposit (only available in the U.S.)
    • Through Payoneer
    • The minimum withdrawal amount is $10
    • Withdrawal fee is $1

Fiverr takes 20% of every job completed, so for a $5 job, you will earn $4.

Freelancer Support 3 Stars

Fiverr offers email, phone, and online ticket support for freelancers. Clients have to approve every completed job before a freelancer is paid. If the client reports they are dissatisfied, Fiverr will refund their money, and the seller won't get paid.

Sellers can also get banned from the platform for violating Fiverr's Terms of Service. This could mean things like communicating outside of Fiverr's platform, Sellers who get banned sometimes aren't able to access their earned money because Fiverr withholds the funds.

Freelancers also face perils associated with their rating. Freelancers with less than a 90% approval rating cannot bid on buyer requests, for instance.

Reputation 1 Star

Fiverr has a somewhat negative reputation. Trustpilot.com has 1,355 Fiverr customer reviews with an average rating of one star out of five. Clients report problems with low-quality sellers. Customers also used Fiverr expecting top-notch work for bottom-level rates.

Top complaints we found on this Fiverr review are problems with customer service, conflict resolution, and Fiverr withholding funds from banned accounts.

Pros

  • Sellers can sell many services
  • Platform is attractive and easy to use
  • Many users on the platform

Cons

  • Low pay
  • Support tickets are often not answered or closed without resolution
  • Can't communicate outside the platform

LinkedIn Profinder

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LinkedIn is well known as a place where business professionals can network. LinkedIn has a more professional feel than other networks, with only real names and pictures and peer recommendations. It's always been a place to connect with new people, and now it's even easier to find work.

LinkedIn Profinder could be a great tool for any freelancer's toolbox. While it won't replace in-person networking, pitches, and cold calls, it could be put to powerful use.

Released in 2015, it is a way for professionals to find clients and for clients to find pros. There are 70,000 professionals using the site. With LinkedIn Profinder, you can bid on jobs and submit proposals all from your LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn Profinder is by approval only. If you would like to apply, click the Work tab while you're logged into your Linkedin account. Click on LinkedIn Profinder from the drop-down menu and go through the steps. Your profile has to line up with the work you select.

If you're approved, you will receive an email, and then you'll receive 10 free business proposals. After that, sign up for Business Plus membership for $47.99/month and keep using this great tool.

Services

These are the services professionals can offer:

  • Software Development
  • IT Services
  • Design
  • Writing and Editing
  • Marketing
  • Business Consulting
  • Legal
  • Accounting
  • Financial Services
  • Coaching
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance
  • Photography
  • Home Improvement
  • Administrative
  • Events
  • Wellness

Connect Locally

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LinkedIn Profinder aims to match clients and professionals in the same geographic area. Generally, you will only be matched with a client within a 100-mile radius of you. This is to enhance local networking and collaboration.

How to Build a Successful LinkedIn Pro Profile

Here are a few tips on this Fiverr review to getting more clients and having more success on the LinkedIn platform.

  1. 1
    Use a professional headshot that showcases your personality.
  2. 2
    Write a clear headline that exactly matches the services you are offering.
  3. 3
    Use the Summary section to highlight your skills and accomplishments that make you different. Don't be shy here - this is your time to shine.
  4. 4
    Get Recommendations from past clients. This is easy to do from right within LinkedIn and really makes a difference in getting clients.
  5. 5
    Get published! Writing and publishing an article on LinkedIn helps establish you as a leader in your field.

Pay Per Task $$

Jobs 4 Stars

As part of this Fiverr review, we can assure you the jobs posted on LinkedIn Pro are of high quality. The sellers on the site are personally vetted by LinkedIn.

Payment Options?

This information is not widely available since LinkedIn Pro Finder is only open to those who have been accepted.

Freelancer Support 5 Stars

This is one of the best options for support in our Fiverr review. LinkedIn gets good marks for customer support.

Reputation 4 Stars

Readers of this Fiverr review are probably familiar with LinkedIn. LinkedIn Pro is used by about 70,000 professionals. Like other platforms in our Fiverr platform, some professionals find it useful, while others do not. Though it is a site for professionals, not everyone is willing to pay high enough rates.

Pros

  • Good way to connect with local clients
  • Can use your existing LinkedIn profile
  • Free trial
  • Wide range of industries represented

Cons

  • Not free after the first 10 proposals
  • Limited to your geographic area (could be a problem for people in smaller towns)

Guru

Guru is another worthy platform of our Fiverr review. Guru is a place for programmers and developers, designers and artists, writers and translators, sales and marketing gurus, admins and secretaries, engineers and architects, business and finance gurus, and lawyers.

Pay Per Task $$$

Jobs 3 Stars

As with other sites on our Fiverr review, there are some good quality and low-quality jobs on Guru.

Payment    Options    4 Stars

Freelancers can get paid by direct deposit, PayPal, or prepaid MasterCard. They take 5% per completed project, which is lower than some other platforms on this Fiverr review.

Freelancer   Support    5 Stars

Freelancer support is an important aspect of our Fiverr review. Guru.com offers freelancer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There are support options by chat, VOIP, ticket, or by remote support session.

Reputation     2      Stars

Guru.com has a rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars with 87 reviews on Sitejabber.com. This is on the lower end of this Fiverr review.

Clients and freelancers complain about an arduous payment verification system. Clients see money refunded even when they were happy with the project.

Pros

  • Good selection of jobs
  • Easy to use platform
  • $1 to sign up
  • You can see who applies for each job and who is selected
  • Can send messages without applying

Cons

  • Problems getting paid and adding payment methods
  • Scam artists and fake profiles

PeoplePerHour

PeoplePerHour has been in business since 2007. It is based in the UK but open to US freelancers. Thus, it is a worthy addition to this Fiverr review.

Like the other sites in our Fiverr review, their mission is to connect clients and entrepreneurs. Freelancer can offer services in Design, Writing and Translation, Video, Photo and Audio, Business Support, Social Media, Sales and Marketing, Software Development, Mobile and Web Development.

Freelancers can be paid in USD, EUR, or GBP.

Pay Per Task $$

Jobs      4     Stars

There is a good selection of jobs in the above categories. They are well organized and easy to view.

Payment Options 5 Stars

There are a few ways PPH users can withdraw their earnings. They can withdraw via PayPal, Payoneer, or bank account.

Freelancer Support 3 Stars

There are fewer support options than some of our platforms on our Fiverr review. Users can submit support requests on the website and browse the FAQ. They don't have a customer support number. However, their Help & Support section is extensive, and it's likely they cover your question.

Reputation 4 Stars

PeoplePerHour has a rating of 4 stars out of 5 on Trustpilot.com with 1,974 reviews. This is by far the highest-rated platform of our Fiverr review.

Pros

  • Well-regarded platform
  • Policies are straightforward
  • No hidden fees
  • Fewer competitors than some other sites on our Fiverr review

Cons

  • 20% commission on the first 500 British pounds earned
  • No other cons found

Conclusion

We have come to the end of our Fiverr review. Fiverr has an incredible reach and cannot be dismissed as a way to connect with clients and other professionals. After considering all the factors, we give it 4 Stars out of 5.

We don't recommend you price your services as low as $5. But, it can be a way for clients to "try out" your services and then see if they want to hire you for more later on. Thus, becoming a Fiverr seller could be a powerful marketing tool for your brand. 

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