Is Fiverr a Safe Platform for New Freelancers?

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What’s Fiverr?

Fiverr is a global online freelance platform where people can offer services starting at $5. As of early 2018, Fiverr has more than 1 million active users in 192 countries, with over 60 million downloads from their mobile app. Revenue for 2017 was $115 million USD.
Many people have no issue with using Fiverr as long as they know what they’re getting into and are prepared to take responsibility for their own security in the online world. However, there are many misconceptions about Fiverr that could result in overspending and stunted growth.

Freelancing changes your lifestyle, and you certainly want to be protected with the safety of your money and identity. There are some hidden dangers that can happen while you’re using Fiverr as a new freelancer. “Fiverr is like taking a walk in the dark,” says Sarah McDermott, founder of PSD2HTML Conversion. “It’s not that they’re trying to scam anyone, but it’s just marketing to see if anything sticks.”

What do people say about Fiverr’s safety?

You could potentially make a lot; however, it can also be stressful if things turn sour for you due to a lack of trust within the platform itself or improper payments from clients who have hired someone else on the same job site. “Some people may use Fiverr to save money and practice their freelance skills, but it could be a lot more difficult to get paid than some businesses are willing to pay,” says Mobisolopes, a Fiverr user.

There has been a lot of buzz around the trending platform since it was created. A lot of people do not understand how it works, but there are some clear benefits as well as some drawbacks to freelancing on the site. “I think it’s fantastic!” says Jaspreet Singh, founder of TutorialSukka. It’s not just about making money though; you can connect with clients very easily and just see where your talents lie.

One such misconception is the idea that freelancers can be “one and done”

This is not the case. First-time sellers do not get a free pass on leaving feedback for buyers, just because they’re new to Fiverr. Feedback is important for both first-time sellers and seasoned professionals. It’s best for users to establish a perfect 5/5 rating early on, if possible. The more positive feedback you have, the more money you’re likely to earn over time because buyers prefer buying from sellers with high ratings rather than from new users just starting out on their shopping journey.

If you’re a new freelancer on Fiverr, don’t be discouraged. Just keep moving forward. Always remember your target audience and focus on achieving their goals when designing your listings, communicating with buyers, and selecting the right payment option for them.

With feedback and social media accounts, you can easily attract more customers from outside of Fiverr — because everyone wants to do business with those who are well-established online. If you offer services that are in demand, but aren’t available elsewhere (like Skype consultations or tutoring), then that could be enough to convince people to buy from you on Fiverr instead of another site or app.

Fiverr is also not just a way to get started on freelancing

Many freelancers choose Fiverr as a middle ground between full-time employment and self-employment. Having your own business can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be risky and requires a lot of time and investment, meaning that some people are not ready to take the plunge.

Being able to earn up to $500 from working only a few hours/week is possible on Fiverr, but some sellers also use other gig sites or apps in combination with their Fiverr shop for extra income. One such platform is Elance, which offers a wide range of freelance jobs from data entry and web design to graphic design and writing.

Fiverr is a safe way to start as a new freelancer

The very success of Fiverr shows that there is a demand for skilled labor, but also that there are many capable people who are willing to provide it. Fiverr itself does not own the flow of work or make decisions about the quality of work in any way, so this may be an area where you can be more successful than someone else in your field.
Success on Fiverr depends largely on the supply and demand for your services. This is also why some people earn more than others. The key to getting ahead as a freelancer is not only to be good at what you do but to be able to sell it. In order to do that well, you need:
— A Great Headshot
— A Detailed Portfolio
— A Listing with Good Feedback (preferably a connection)
— Recognition for Being Unique or One of the First to Do Something New and Valuable
— The ability to Sell Your Services Well!
Of course, there are many ways you can attract customers. You can give away freebies, like short tasks to gain feedback or even social media likes. But advertising is just a means to an end; it won’t necessarily get you more business unless it’s done creatively.

Many sellers choose to use Elance, Upwork, Freelancer, and similar platforms as secondary income sources

Working exclusively through Fiverr might not bring in as much cash as working on multiple platforms. That is if you’re just starting out, but having several gigs available on multiple sites is a great way to attract customers and make a bit more money than you would otherwise.

The best way to get started on Fiverr is, to be honest with yourself. You’re not going to be a great photographer overnight, or become a world-class writer when you’ve never written anything before. Be honest about what you know and what you don’t know, and then do your research.

There are many free blogs, forums, and courses available online, so use them to your advantage. When researching a gig that you’d like to buy or sell, look at the seller’s profile and reviews carefully for accuracy and quality. Also, pay attention to the number of gigs that the seller has in his/her portfolio — it can give insight into how well-versed they are in a certain field.

For more ideas and tips about Fiverr, visit my website.

To create your first Fiverr account, feel free to use my link.

Thanks for reading!

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Mustapha El A.

Mustapha El A.

ESL teacher and Academic Freelancer. My website explores the world of Freelancing, Graphic Design, and worldwide Freelance Platforms www.elaazweb.com