Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Fiverr.com. Is it worth touching?


Fiverr is one of the world’s largest marketplace for services starting at $5.

Fiverr is a community of creative people looking for financial independence while living the Gig lifestyle. It offers a safe and fun place to easily hire talented people from all around the world doing customized work for your every need at an affordable price.

Millions of sellers from over 200 countries offer more than 2.8 million services on Fiverr, adding thousands of new ones each day – from the fun and casual to essential business services.”

Okay, that is the blurb on the Fiverr website. I am going to put my neck on the line and say to all you aspiring and established writers, don’t touch it with a barge pole!

$5 equates to about £3.50 for all you UK based writers. Is it that a fair price for quality work? No. So you need to ask yourself this question.

WHAT TYPE OF WRITERS DOES FIVERR.COM ATTRACT AT THESE RATES?

The answer is not very good ones. And the good writers face difficulties.

You could argue that Fiverr.com can at least give you a platform. It is free to register and it gives you the opportunity to create a profile and a portfolio but what is the reality of securing work and earning a living?

In order to sell something on Fiverr, you create a “gig,” which is a small service you are willing to perform for $5. You post your “gig” on the website and you are notified when someone orders your service.
48 hours after your work has been successfully delivered, $4 will be deposited into your accounts, $1 taken by Fiverr. Your earnings can be withdrawn to a PayPal account. By all accounts it is quite easy for writers to win “gigs.”
So far, so good. huh?
However, although I have registered myself, I have done a bit of research and what I have gleaned is far too many negatives to write about and I think that it is best for all you writers to read the less than positive reviews about the site, so I have posted this link.
Of course, if anybody has any positive experiences with Fiverr.com please post your comments on my blog!