Everybody knows about Fiverr… If you don’t know about Fiverr then you might be living under a rock.
Well don’t worry, you are not missing anything. However, we will share our experiences with Fiverr & why you should never use Fiverr if you are into serious business.
Fiverr is a global online marketplace and it provides freelance services all over the world. It offers different tasks and services, normally begins at a cost of $5 per job. It provides a platform for freelancers to offer their services to the valued customers worldwide.
The gig is a service offered on Fiverr’s website and it also serves to allow listing and applying for small gigs online. It is a company built on the model of listing temporary work positions.
At Fiverr, Freelancers work in a variety of workplaces that normally ranges from home to office. This marketplace is surely dominated by young adults.
At this platform, a registered user who offers Gigs on Fiverr is a Seller and he is the freelancer who is doing the work. On the other side a registered user who is able to purchase some Gigs on it, is a buyer and he hires the freelancers.
When a buyer purchases a Gig on this platform, this is called order placement.
At Fiverr, an option “Post a Request” is available for buyers to submit a request for services.
Why Fiverr is BAD for Buyers and Sellers:
Sellers can’t send any website link or an email to the buyers for communication. If a seller did this, Fiverr will take action and checks the whole procedure manually and will suspend your account. It does not matter at what level you are.
Here are some limited ways to get paid. It mostly depends upon PayPal and it will hold 14 days for your payment clearance. Hence limited ways of getting paid is bad for sellers.
It automatically accepts jobs and there is limited control for the sellers. If a buyer places an order then you should have to complete it. You have no choice but to cancel that order which results in the degradation of your gig.
Sounds terrible, right?
I know, it is…
But there’s more to it…
If an order is placed and the seller didn’t see that due to an issue and during this if the order was canceled then it will definitely hurt your rating in a very bad way.
Buyers also faced many bad experiences at the same time on Fiverr. They didn’t give attention to the gig description given by the seller and they just ordered it. Maybe that seller was not well experienced and they don’t have the complete knowledge related to their project.
In a nutshell, you will get crap work done in a cheap price on Fiverr if you don’t choose the right seller. To find the right seller, it is a tough job because you have to try multiple sellers before you land on your dream freelancer.
Drawbacks for SELLERS:
1. Disadvantage of Major Projects:
This platform offers micro jobs at a large scale. But on the other hand, it is also very bad for sellers as they don’t get their hands on big projects. As compared to the Upwork market, it doesn’t offer major projects and it is an unfortunate thing for the sellers according to my opinion.
2. Less Experienced Clients:
A number of fewer Experience clients are present on Fiverr and less experience clients plays a very negative role for the sellers. Some of the clients don’t know how to order in a good way and sometimes they also skipped the main information related to that project during the ordering process.
And after you deliver the work, they will give you a bad review since they don’t know what they are dealing with.
3. 20% Commission Deduction:
You must know that Fiverr deducts 20% commission per order or project. This deduction of commission affects a lot of the sellers. It automatically deducts 20% from the actual money given by the buyer.
4. Preference of Buyers over Sellers:
Most important thing that affects badly sellers is that many policies of Fiverr protects buyers and it prefers buyers over sellers. This online global marketplace provides many relaxations for the buyers as compared to the sellers as mentioned above that Fiverr deducts 20% commission and this also in the favor of platform itself and for the buyers. As sellers gets less money from the actual money paid by the buyers and this also shows the preferences clearly.
Fiverr Drawbacks for BUYERS:
1. Fake REVIEWS:
Buyer gets attracted to that seller or Gig holder which has the best views and some of them have purchases that fake views. Due to large number of fake reviews, buyers purchases that Gig and they even don’t know the seller is less experienced and has a number of fake reviews and by this buyer has to face both financial loss and wrong project delivered by the seller.
2. Less Experienced Freelancers:
It is bad for the buyers as there are a number of less experienced freelancers working on this platform. Due to this, sometimes buyers didn’t get such kind of work as they were expecting. Less experienced freelancers damage buyers a lot.
3. Lack of Professionalism:
There is no professionalism present on the Fiverr and this also affects the buyers. Due to lack of professionalism, buyers didn’t get that work as they were expected. Sometimes the order was delivered late and the unprofessional freelancers didn’t handle the buyers as they should have.
Freelancers on Fiverr don’t know how to properly engage in conversation. They have premade templates through which they communicate with buyers which results in a terrible experience as a buyer.
4. 2% deduction for Buyers:
Fiverr cuts 2% from the amount of the buyers as per their policy and this deduction is only for the buyers and this deduction will be done each time when the buyer purchases anything.
5. Deliverance of Low-Quality Work:
Low quality work is delivered to the buyers by the sellers. These sellers have less experience and they don’t have the proper knowledge related to the specific order.
Sellers on Fiverr will show that they have done everything possible (under their power) to make sure that you get what you have ordered but in reality, it is opposite of it.
In my opinion, Fiverr is a global online marketplace and both buyers and sellers have some bad kind of experiences. In many cases, the freelancers were less experienced and in some cases the clients were less co-operative.
“If you pay peanuts you get monkeys”
You just have to focus that what you are trying to get from the online platform. A number of well-experienced freelancers are also available on Fiverr and if you want to purchase a gig or if you want to become a seller, you can give a chance to this freelance platform. Good or bad experiences are a part of this industry and if you are not satisfied with this marketplace, you should try another one!