How to get started on Fiverr as a freelancer
Sellers typically offer a low priced service ($5) to begin, but can boost their income by offering extra services to the client during the order process. For example, a client may purchase a 100 word product description, and can lengthen it by 200 words for an additional fee.
Sellers receive payment as soon as the service has been completed, which is an advantage because it means that there are no delays in receiving their earnings, although Fiverr receives 20% of the earnings. Sellers also have the option to promote their gigs, ensuring that they will appear in the top positioning for their category. Fiverr charges for this service, requiring Sellers to part with a portion of that gig’s earnings as the promotion fee. The minimum fee is 5% and the maximum is 15%.
As with many other platforms, Sellers receive feedback from clients, which in turn becomes their reputation on the platform, represented as a 5 star rating. All users can read client reviews on a Seller’s profile. Reputation is important on the platform because Sellers who consistently produce high quality work and garner positive feedback will be given special status in the form of Levels (1-2) that are assigned to their profiles. Fiverr editors will also invite the very best Sellers to become Top Rated Sellers. Possessing one of these special statuses grants more gigs to a Seller, additional gig extras, and prioritized customer support.
How to get started on Fiverr as a client
Clients can begin searching for a service immediately after registering. They can browse through the various categories or use the search function to find a particular seller or service. After they’ve found a suitable service all they need to do is place their order, list their requirements for the service, and proceed to payment. During this process, the client can also select any extra services that the Seller is offering.
If a client is unsatisfied with the service they receive, they can request a revision. They can also dispute an order in the Resolution Centre, an online communication tool. After the service has been completed, the client can then rate the Seller and leave feedback.
Fees and additional services
• Credit Card
• Debit Card
• Fiverr Balance
Pros and Cons for freelancers using Fiverr
• Multimedia advertising for gigs
• Huge community of freelancers to connect with
• No membership fees
• Instant payment
• Extra perks for consistent performers
• A lot of competition
• Low pay
Pros and Cons for clients using Fiverr
• Free to use
• Affordable freelance talent
• Freedom to choose the level of service offered