Pros and Cons of Joining Fiverr as a Freelancer

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Whether you are a new freelancer looking to start your first gigs or an experienced professional, you most probably have heard of Fiverr.

However, if you have no idea what Fiverr is, it is one of the biggest platforms for freelancers. You can create different jobs on the platform, called gigs, price them, and start your way towards the so desired *financial freedom*.

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Sounds like a lucrative plan, doesn’t it?

However, is it always the case?

When done right, Fiverr can be a golden goose to many freelancers, but it can also hurt and diminish any established reputation in just one negative client review.

However, don’t let that discourage you, because there are many advantages to joining Fiverr as a freelancer:

Pros of Fiverr

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Quick profile setup

Setting up your account on Fiverr is incredibly easy. All you have to do is provide them with a few personal details (aren’t all sites like that?), and you are ready to set up your first gig!

The best part is that you don’t have to wait to get approved.

No pay limit

You can choose to withdraw your money from Fiverr at any given time, without any starting amount. Have that $5 you really need – send them to your bank or your PayPal.

Can be paid through PayPal

When you finally get that hard-earned cheque, you can withdraw your money using PayPal, bank transfer (only for the US).

You receive valuable experience

With Fiverr, you can collect experience that will not only be useful for your future freelancing endeavors but also for your CV! Working on different orders and the time put really polishes your craft.

I remember, when I started on Fiverr, I had no idea what I was doing. I had no prior experience other than my mere internship job. But, once I received my first few orders, I learned on the job (of course, this highly depends on the gigs you’re offering).

You can level up

Fiverr has a tier system for freelancers called seller levels. The higher the level – the better the “awards” are.

Once you join, you are automatically labeled as a new seller. There are 4 levels – new seller, seller level 1, seller level 2, and Top Rated Seller. Each month there are evaluations, which, if they are met, you will get promoted to the next level.

The Top Rated Seller is the holy grail – with the most exclusive privileges. However, to get accepted, you need to have earned at least $20k and be manually selected.

However, even if 20k seems like a faraway dream, it’s still giving you that competitive spirit to reach the top.   

You meet great clients along the way

Unfortunately, petty clients exist, but there are many lovely clients with whom you can build a great relationship, even friendship!

Besides, you never know which connection will provide you with much more than an order.

You can earn serious $

Once you gain experience and amass positive reviews, you can increase your prices and start earning serious money.

Even if you are doing it as a side-hustle, it’s still a great way to add more to your monthly income.

You are your own boss

Being your own boss is definitely a dream for many of us! With Fiverr you don’t have to work “normal” hours, you can choose when and where to work. Besides, you only report to your clients.

Cons of Fiverr

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20% fee on every order

Fiverr’s worst disadvantage is the notorious 20% fee that the company bags from each order or tip (yes, even the tips!).

Let’s face it, nobody likes platform to receive less than they have stated in their gig.

However, in the end, it is what it is, and you can only get used to it.

Bad Reviews

Reviews are everything on Fiverr. One bad review can destroy your Fiverr career. And without stellar reviews, your chances of getting picked are close to a zero.

However, the thing with reviews is that many petty clients are looking to punish you even if the problem is not with you or your delivery.

Entitled clients

Unfortunately, less than pleasant clients exist everywhere. You might face overly-demanding clients, the ones who are never happy, or those who are just for the troll.

And as much as it sucks, the client is “always right” – at least to Fiverr. The truth is that even if you want to cancel an order or change a bad review, your rights to fight a client are minimal.

I have read many sellers who have lost disputes because of Fiverr’s policies that the client must be pleased or some other bs.

Slow start

It took me months to get my first order, which didn’t even yield a review – the client ordered and ghosted. However, once I got my first 5-star review, things started picking up.

So don’t lose hope for not getting any reviews in your first week, and make sure to optimize your gigs.   

My experience with Fiverr

I registered for Fiverr amidst the pandemic – somewhere around March. Once I was done setting up my gig(s), I was excited and thinking that I will start getting orders straight away.

Boy, was I wrong!

I got my first order in late April and didn’t even receive a review for it (the one who ghosted). However, soon after, I received another order for which I got recognition, and from there, my orders started slowly increasing!

Once I got my first few reviews, I started receiving bulk orders, custom offers, and repeat customers.    

Fast forward to today, I have completed over 50 orders, and I am pretty close to reaching seller Level 2.

Even though it is stressful at times and doesn’t yield to immediate rewards – I love it! Joining Fiverr has been one of my best decisions. And I also can’t wait to see where this journey will take me.

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