I have successfully completed 3 gigs on Fiverr, and have two more pending. Because I’m not behind enough on life, I’m going to take a minute away from my gig and give a little review of Fiverr.
I am offering a blog-commenting service; 10 comments for $5. I know this is fairly cheap as far as comment rates go, but it seems to have been met with some interest. I am planning on lowering the number of comments I offer soon, when I reach a higher seller level. Note: I suspended my gig as of 8/29/13, because I began school and didn’t have the time to dedicate to it. For $5, the requests were getting a little ridiculous! I am spending my time hustling in other, more lucrative areas.
My first gig was nearly a disaster; you can read all about it on Friday, as the story is part of a blog swap I’m participating in. I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you! My second gig was stressful, but a little less overwhelming than the first. Finally, by the third order, I felt as though I had developed a routine for myself. I was able to complete the gig in about 20 minutes, making my hourly rate $20 (really $16, since Fiverr takes a dollar!). It’s not bad, but I’d like to be faster.
So far, I have had a good experience with Fiverr. The customers have been relatively friendly, and I have developed one repeat customer. It’s very easy to submit your work and receive payment.
There are, of course, some things you should consider before you set up your gig:
1. Make sure you aren’t under-paying yourself.
Your time is valuable, so make sure you’re being paid what you should be! The reality is: you won’t be happy getting paid $4 for two hours of your time. Don’t let that happen.
2. Allow for a learning curve.
As with any new situation, it’s important to give yourself time to adjust. As you’ll read on Friday, I had to learn to give myself more time for my gigs.
3. Sometimes, your gigs just won’t sell.
Who would have thought blog commenting would take off, leaving resume proofreading and articles in the dust? Not I. I fully expected people to beat down my cyber-doors, begging me to proofread their resumes. I was going to make hundreds of dollars! Surprise; I’m a blog-commenter.
Have you ever tried using Fiverr? What gigs were you successful with?