While I always say looking for your own private clients is the best way to start freelance writing, some people don’t have the time or really want to do that. Freelance bidding sites and micro-job sites are often the place to start, even if it is just to test the waters of the freelance world or build up clips.
Fiverr is one site for freelance writers. It’s a micro-job site where gigs start from $5. That means you need to offer something for $5 and then you can build that up from there.
I’ve been on the site for three years, and still offer my skills on the site just as a side business. I’m not willing to let up an income stream, even though I do have my private clients. But is Fiverr a good site for freelance writers?
The Minimum $5 Isn’t That Much
The fact that you have to offer something for $5 can turn a lot of freelancers off. I understand that. It turned me off the idea at first.
That was only until I realized that I had control over how much I offered for $5. Right now, I offer 350 word articles for the base gig. Most topics are easy to write about, and I am a quick typer so I don’t mind that amount. That’s just for general articles. I have a sales copy gig that is 100 words for $5.
You can also build your gigs up from there. Be very clear in your gig descriptions and you could end up making more money on Fiverr. As you build your levels, you get gig extras and it’s worth thinking about them from the beginning. I decided to offer my research skills for images and keywords on a topic for extra.
Fiverr Does Favor the Buyers
The Customer Support on Fiverr isn’t exactly the best. The buyers are favored, considering they’re the ones putting the money into the system. It’s a pain for a lot of sellers if you look through the forums.
However, I’ve not had that many scam buyers; and you get difficult clients wherever you look! After some time in the freelance writing world, I’ve learned the signs that a client/buyer is going to be difficult, and tend to avoid working with them as much as possible.
An issue with Fiverr is that once the buyers purchase a gig, you will need to work on it. There is a cancellation option, but it can affect your ability to build your levels on the site.
The 20% Commission
For every $5 you make on the site, Fiverr takes $1. That’s a 20% commission, and needs to be something you consider when setting your initial gig. Really, I’m making $4 for each 350 words of content I write, rather than $5.
20% is a large cut to take, and you’ve got to decide whether it’s too much for you. It certainly is for many freelance writers.
Can’t Take Buyers Off the Site
You can’t use Fiverr to start a relationship with someone and then get them to order off the site. You’re not allowed to share any contact information, unless it is for the use of the gig. That can limit you, if you’re looking for somewhere to quickly grab a few clients and then work with them without Fiverr taking the 20% commission.
It’s a draconian rule. I know!
So, what do you think? Is Fiverr a good site for freelance writers?
I’ll be honest and certainly see a lot of bad points. I started three years ago, and the site has made changes not necessarily for the better. However, it could be a site if you’re looking to get a few clips to use as samples to get private clients elsewhere.