Price: $5 Per Gig
Owner: Shai Wininger – Micha Kaufman
What Is Fiverr?
Fiver.com is a site where people can buy and sell services ( gigs ) for a fixed rate of $5. There are several categories of services to choose from such as graphics services, creating videos, writing and translation, advertising and fun and lifestyle.
If you are wanting to sell something on Fiverr, a service or gig as it’s called you will be supplying a small service for a small fee $5. You will post the service that you are offering on the website, and then you will be notified when someone orders your service.
Usually within 48 hours after you have delivered the service that you offered, $4 will be deposited into your account and $1 goes to Fiverr.
While Fiverr still has a loyal following I am seeing more and more negative reviews. One of the biggest issues I keep hearing about is that Fiverr either doesn’t have a very good screening system or any screening system at all, which means anyone can offer a service whether they are legit or not, so you never really know what you will be getting. It looks like the only way to ensure you won’t get scammed is to do a bunch of research and try and find out who is legit on the site and who is not.
Now, this not to say there are not some really good talented people involved with Fiverr but it seems that the whole concept is left wide open to anyone and everyone without some kind of guarantee that your money will not be totally wasted.
Another thing I find a bit unusual about Fiverr is that they don’t allow you to leave a negative review if you have been scammed by someone who was supposed to have provided you with a service.
If you are looking at providing a service with Fiverr as a seller and you are expecting to make a lot of money then I think you should look somewhere else. Again, I am not saying you won’t make any money but when you consider the fact that $5 is what you will be charging for a service and then Fiverr takes $1 of that, you make $4. You would have to be getting a lot of gigs in order to make any kind of serious cash here but if a little extra is all you are after then Fiverr might be for you.
Another thing I keep hearing about but can’t be 100% certain of is that the majority of the freelance writers at Fiverr are from other countries where english is not their first language. So, then if that’s the case and you are needing an article or possibly a blog written for you there is always the possibility that translation and grammar issues will be a problem, in fact there almost certainly will be some problems with that.
Here are some tips to help avoid scammers on Fiverr:
- Avoid gigs that sound too good to be true. For example, if you are offered 20,000 targeted hits to your website for $5…scam don’t do it! Or perhaps you are offered 10,000 YouTube views for $5….scam don’t do it!
- Look for good english. Poor english is a Red Flag every time and is easily spotted. Look for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
- User profiles should be consistent. Check gigs for consistency. Since there is a large amount of competition sellers are likely to tell you anything in order to get your business.
- For local listings meet in person.
- Avoid wiring funds.
- Avoid sharing your personal and financial details.
- Ask a lot of questions about the seller and find out as much as you can.
My Final Thoughts On Fiverr
Since Fiverr is so simple to use for both seller and someone looking for a service, it does provide a reasonable opportunity to satisfy both. But, because Fiverr has such an open door policy when it comes to letting anyone, and I do mean letting anyone walk through the front door without any kind of screening process at all and absolutely no guarantee you will be getting what you payed for, all I can recommend is “Tread Lightly”.
I won’t go so far as to say Fiverr is a scam, but many have been scammed so you really should take the time to check into some of the complaints about Fiverr, and there are plenty. So, would I still recommend Fiverr… Yes, but do your homework and research any service you might be interested in. There are other more legit alternatives to Fiverr and again, I strongly suggest you do some research if this is the kind of product and service you are looking for.