I’m jumping back to micro-job sites for now, and this is a UK site. Fivesquids was set up with the same idea as Fiverr: to offer things from a base cost of £5 (rather than the $5).
Really, I should say the same thing as Fiverr then, right? Well, not quite. Fiversquids does have some differences when trying to make money writing online. These differences could make the site perfect for you, but they could also make it the worst option.
Build Your Membership to Charge More
Unlike Fiverr, it is possible to offer something for more than £5. In fact, users can offer jobs for up to £50.
However, getting the ability to write a 500 word article for £50 is very unlikely. People would expect that for between £5 and £10 due to the nature of a micro-job site. I don’t see anyone offering 500 word articles for anything more than £10.
You also need to build your membership to get to this point. Everyone starts out only being able to offer £5 jobs. The levels work similarly to Fiverr’s levels. The more positive feedback you get, the more chance you have of being automatically upgraded.
Unlike Fiverr, you can also purchase the membership upgrade. For just £5, you can increase your level so you can offer more. With just one gig sold, you’ve made your membership upgrade cost back.
Not as Many People Use Fivesquids
I’ve tried Fivesquids for two years. A year ago, I decided to put all my gigs on hold because it was no longer
worthwhile them being up there.
You see, not as many people use Fivesquids to order work. Why would they when there is Fiverr online? Why pay £5, when you can pay $5 (about £3) somewhere else?
It takes a lot more marketing and time to make money writing online with Fivesquids. I decided that that time wasn’t worth it. Why put all that time in, when you could put the time in to marketing to your own private clients?
Minimal Buyer Requests
I found to build my reputation on Fiverr, the buyer requests section was useful. That should be the case with this British micro-job site, right?
Unfortunately, there aren’t many buyer requests posted. In fact, at the time of writing this I only see three! And none of them will help you make money writing online. They’re design jobs.
It does imply that there is a lack of traffic to the site, and gives you the idea of the amount of work you will need to do.
While I always say “don’t put your eggs into one basket,” I don’t see the point in having a useless basket. After two years of being on the site, I’ve made £100 from one person. It’s best to have baskets that actually work for you. But that is my personal opinion.
Do you think Fivesquids could help you make money writing online? Would you be willing to give it a try?