10 Reasons Why Fiverr is an Awesome Place to Start
Are you looking to get into Internet marketing or establish a “work from home” freelancing career for yourself, but don’t know where to start? This is a common problem. Many people who want to get out there and start working for themselves as soon as possible face the barrier of not having funds to cover both their personal and work expenses, especially if they’ve already rejected the notion of having a traditional job.
Without a reputation or an immediately lucrative business model to bring you work, how do you stay afloat?
You have a few options, but one of the simplest ways to get your foot in the door and accumulate the first few clients for your online business is Fiverr.
If you don’t know what Fiverr is, basically it’s an online platform where people can buy (and sell) services, in five-dollar increments. For example, if you’re a voice actor, and wish to sell your labor, your listing might say, “I will record a 1 minute voice-over for $5.”
Each one of these $5 increments is called a “gig,” so in this case, if the client wanted to order a longer recording of 3 minutes, for instance, he would order 3 gigs and pay $15. Very simple and straight-forward.
Now, what separates Fiverr from any other online freelancing platform? What are the advantages? Let’s explore some of Fiverr’s most blatantly awesome traits to get a feel for why it’s such a favorite among those running online businesses:
1) Anyone Can Start
One of the biggest draws when it comes to Fiverr is that it’s simply so easy to get started. Unlike other freelancing platforms that might require you to build an extensive profile and even take tests to prove your proficiency at whatever job you intend to do, Fiverr is quick and simple. All you have to do is sign up and post your gigs to get started. You prove yourself by simply getting the jobs done.
2) A Huge Range of Services
You can sell nearly any kind of service that can be delivered digitally on Fiverr (and even some that are physically delivered via mail). This allows you to best exploit the talents that you already have. Are you a singer? A writer? A programmer? Any of these skills can be leveraged to make money on Fiverr, and there are many other categories of skills to choose from that might fit the bill for you. Even if you’re “skill-less” (which you are not!), there are people on Fiverr who offer their services as personal virtual assistants doing easy little tasks for others, and it’s certainly not a bad idea to offer something along those lines.
3) Fiverr is Popular
If you offer a service that is sufficiently in demand, you’ll definitely have people buying, and that’s because tons of people use Fiverr every day. With all those eyeballs scanning your gigs, you’re bound to have regular buyers.
4) Fiverr Protects the Seller and the Buyer
In the Wild West of the Internet, there are tons of scammers and people looking to take you for your money or for your labor. Fiverr is no exception, but luckily it serves as a middle-man that adds protection for you if you do encounter someone who wishes to defraud you.
Buyers can get their money back if the seller doesn’t deliver, and they pay upfront with Fiverr acting as an escrow service that releases the money to the seller once the work is delivered. This way, you don’t have to worry about customers stiffing you, either. If there’s ever a dispute, all the evidence of the transaction is available, since everything—all communication, all files—are passed around within the Fiverr system.
5) A Free Market
No one tells you what to do on Fiverr. You can set your prices however you want and list your turn-around times to whatever works for you. Not every service or price range is lucrative, of course, but no one is dictating how you should sell, what you should sell, or for how much (except, indirectly, the customer of course).
6) The Better You Work, the More You Work
Through a reputation system that is open for everyone to see, Fiverr punishes people who don’t deliver (or who deliver badly), and rewards people who deliver their work well. Similar to popular e-commerce sites, buyers and sellers review each other to let others know what they’re in for. If you do your work well, this will result in more customers buying more gigs over time.
7) Your Gigs Grow With You
If Fiverr is anything, it’s flexible. As you hone your skills over time and get better at what you do, you can raise your rate very easily by simply offering less of your service per gig.
Usually an indicator that you should raise your prices is when you find yourself swamped with too much work. It’s standard economics: when you’re more in demand, your price should go up.
In addition, you can up-sell very easily on Fiverr simply by adding many extras to your gigs to bring up the price. For example, if you’re an artist you might sell a simple caricature sketch for $5, and have an extra gig available to add color for another $5.
8) Gaining Experience
Do you have a basic skill, but still aren’t great enough at it to attract fancy, high-paying clients? That’s fine; someone somewhere can still probably use your skills, and the experience that you get from serving those clients will help you gain mastery so that you can eventually charge more.
9) Fiverr Can Be Made Semi-Passive
Fiverr really shines when it comes to selling services, but if you’re not into the whole active income side of things, you can also come up with a product to sell over and over again. For example, you might sell a collection of PLR e-books for $5, and since it’s a digital product, you will never run out and can sell it an indefinite amount of times. Of course, unless you find a way to automate this process, it will not be truly passive, since you still have to sign in to deliver the material, but it’s much more scalable than a time-consuming service.
10) You Can Meet Clients on Fiverr, and Then Take Them With You
Now, Fiverr does not like it when you entice the clients that you’ve met through the service to work with you outside of it. Indeed, you are also forgoing Fiverr’s protection and convenience when you do this. However, once you start working on larger projects with a customer that is a regular buyer that you’ve come to trust, it may make more sense to you to let go of Fiverr’s 20% fee and make things more efficient.
Of course, keep in mind that Fiverr actively tries to prevent you from doing this, and there may be negative consequences for your account if they catch wind of such activity, so you’ll have to be stealthy when slipping a client your outside e-mail address, for example (perhaps in your delivered file). This is not a rare practice, though. Many people in the Internet marketing community use Fiverr as a way to initially accumulate their own client base, and it’s actually a great platform to use for this.
Start your Fiverr journey today!
Now, these were only some of the basic reasons why Fiverr is so great, and of course you’ll never discover all the smaller positive aspects until you get out there and start offering your skills to the world!