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Six honest Tips That will Save you Money on Fiverr

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While is still one of the best websites to get connected with freelancers and find thousands of different services or Gigs, Fiverr can also be a place to waste your time and money, sometimes.

In this blog post, I will try to summarise the important things you should always consider before you purchase any gig on Fiverr or any other micro jobs marketplace. This will help you to find what you are looking for and save your time and budget.

 

What I like in Fiverr

Fiver is probably the best online marketplace for micro jobs where you can get your task done. Of course, there are many reasons for this. The customer’s support of Fiverr is well organized and responds quickly enough on any queries you might have, plus is helpful in most of the cases should any friction or a dispute between the seller and the buyer occur.

 

What I dislike in Fiverr

Although almost everything looks to be as it should be, there are still good chances to miss the deadline for your projects, waste your money or your time and get disappointed. I’ll share part of my experience as a customer on Fiverr and I hope these to be useful for you because they are useful for me.

Tips That will Save you Money on Fiverr

Disclaimer:  The tips shared on here apply to any other micro jobs website, that offers similar or the same services as on Fiverr. These insights are to help the users, especially the ones who are new to this popular marketplace.

Finding the right Service or Gig

Finding a Service

The first thing to do when visiting Fiverr as a client is to find what you look for and this is as easy as pie.

You can search by using a keyword for the service you require in the provided Search bar and then narrow down your search results to find exactly what you are looking for. This means that except applying the provided filters when searching for your keyword or keywords, you should consider a few other important details.

Tip 1: Make research before you order.

If you need a new article written for your Blog, do you know what is the difference between the PR article and SEO article? Are you sure what is the difference between engaging, original content and spun content? When you are not certain then you better spend some time to clear up this matter, because this will cost you time and money in the future. And disappointment, sometimes. Not to mention the headaches…
What you can do is to check yourself on the Internet the unknown, “tricky” terms and to be clear about
what you need.

See an example where you can skip purchasing a service because you can do it yourself. Easily. And for free.

Upmixed: Are you ready to pay for a something you can easy find without wasting time?

Are you ready to pay for something you can easily find without wasting time? [Image: the author]

The next thing is to make a thorough comparison between the Gigs that came as results of your search and read carefully the details mentioned there. My advice is to compare as many Gigs as possible. This is essential for most of the Gigs anyway and will help you not only to find the best deal but also to avoid some misunderstandings in the future. Besides – try not to be naive.

 

UpMixed : example for what are some of the gigs published on Fiverr
Some of the gigs advertised on Fiverr have attractive promises, but be careful what you order. [Image: the Author]

The third, but probably the most important thing is before you order-always ask the freelancer about some details which are interesting for you, but not specified, or unclear. So – never assume, but double check instead.

Tip 2: Never assume.

Before you order any service on any of the freelancing platforms you need to make sure you will pay for exactly what you purchase. For this reason, it is advisable to send a message and clarify with the lancer all ambiguous for you details. Ask.

Is advisable to do this every time, especially when you plan to work with a freelancer you have never hired before. By asking question prior ordering the Gig you will be able to clarify what exactly you are about to order and to avoid misunderstandings and disappointments. Besides you save some money, by avoiding order cancellations and time delays. Furthermore, who wants to write bad comments in the reviews section.

Finding a Freelancer

Finding the freelancer who can help

In some cases working with a freelancer with a “high reputation”, but with the wrong freelancer with high reputation, could be more disappointing than working with a “newbie”, simply because of the expectations. And sometimes- because of the price. Or because of both. Usually, freelancers with “high reputation” will charge you more, sometimes 10 times more for the same service compared with a “new” freelancer who has no reviews yet and has just posted a Gig.

 

Take your time and read the details in the gig and ask. Ask questions before you purchase. Also, have a look at the reviews left from the other customers, but still don’t trust all of them 100%. Why? You can see later below.

 

 

Finding the right Freelancer

Do you need an article written by an educated native English speaker or someone who states “my English is very good”?In any case you can’t be certain, even if the given location is the UK, Canada, Australia or the USA, first because many foreigners will offer you service from the country they live in (i.e. a native French who lives in the USA, for example, etc.) and second-because some of the freelancers use proxies when registering on Fiverr.

How to find the “correct” freelancer or the person who will complete the work as you expect it?

First- see the details stated in the Profile of the Freelancer. These are not always true but might give you an idea of what to expect. Having read such information before purchasing a Gig will most probably save time for both sides. Time spent on revisions, disputes, cancellations, complaints, etc. which unfortunately happens sometimes.

Second. Again- don’t be shy and ask. Ask questions before you purchase. Get in touch and communicate with the person from the other side and clarify all the points that are important for you, but maybe not very clearly stated in the Gig announcement. There are many positive outcomes from the communication, for both sides.

For instance, you might find that even if the person from the other side is not the best choice for the present project you can use his or her’ other services or gigs sometime in future and build a professional relationship. Some of the freelancers clearly state at the bottom of their Gigs “Better just drop me a message before you order”. Asking is what you should do always when you deem necessary or have any doubts.

See this example to understand better why do you need to make some research and ask questions before you order service. Do you really want to spend money on such a gig? I wouldn’t.

Upmixed : an example for a gig offered on the multitasking platform Fiverr
Before ordering a gig on Fiverr try to find out more about the freelancer and the offered services [Image: the Author]

Tip 3: Don’t Trust the Users’ reviews on Fiverr.

I don’t mean to rely on the published reviews at all, but not to trust them 100%. True and fair feedback Is important for both sides. Providing fair and true feedback is not an urgent thing but is very important. I don’t trust many of the provided reviews for freelancers, because of the Fiverr’s system is pushing” the customers to give feedback or to review and rate the delivered order almost straight after the delivery. Attention: This is not necessary to be done the same day.

It is a fact since forever that from a customer’s point of view the system for user reviews is the weakest point of the Fiverr as a freelancing platform. This, of course, is done by a reason but affects the reputation of Fiverr in a bad way and certainly reflects badly the number of returning first-time users. Especially if they didn’t manage to find the right freelancers. The review system on Fiverr is not very useful for the users, because it urges them to provide reviews almost immediately, after having their tasks completed. The problem is not every single service can be evaluated straight after receiving a report that the work is completed and delivered.

People vote with thumbs up
The review system on Fiverr is the weakest part of the marketplace and is not very reliable by now [Image: the Author]
Best reviews you can trust on Fiverr actually are those whose authors wisely reported that by the moment of writing the review all seemed to fine, but results (positive, or not) could be seen after some period. Make sure you read not only the last few reviews about a particular gig. It’s always beneficial to check reviews for other services offered by the same entrepreneur as well.

The stars given on reviews for jobs posted on Fiverr sometimes don’t match the text inside the review, and this is another reason why you should physically read some amount of reviews and not to rely on the star-rating system only. What I mean is you can easy find entrepreneurs who have a high stars rating, but the text submitted by their clients says exactly the opposite. So, my two cents here are to read the reviews and try to filter the information because this can save you time and money.

Don’t be Naive 

Why I don’t trust some users’ reviews? Why you shouldn’t trust some of the users’ reviews on Fiverr?
Once you have chosen the right gig and the right freelancer and have your order delivered it’s time to
review it and provide feedback. Hold On. There’s no rush. You can still do it tomorrow.

Tip 4: Freelancer with the highest reputation is not necessarily the best.

As explained earlier the feedback shared on Fiver can’t be blindly trusted. Besides they can be manipulated one way or another. Apart from it, I have noticed that “professional” freelancers with a long history don’t necessarily deliver better services. I call it a routine.

I have worked (and still work) many times with some of the best-promoted freelancers on Fiverr and I was disappointed because I found later the provided Gigs or Services are not as good as they were expected or promoted. And I don’t mean a project for a Logo or a Motto. So, for me, the reputation of any freelancer is important, but not always essential.

Tip 5: Think outside the Box

Sometimes we have to think outside of the box and hiring a freelancer for our project shouldn’t be different than any other case and on Fiverr and any other freelancing platform, this can save you money. It makes a complete sense in the majority of the cases to hire someone who has good ratings, good feedback and a long history as a registered freelancer. Fair enough.

Besides, neither all projects nor their pricing, requirements or conditions are the same. Would you hire a freelancer for a project which would cost something around 500 $, but have no reviews and ratings at all? I wouldn’t and I believe this is a common sense thing.

On another hand I had purchased number of times 5$ -20 $ Gigs from freelancers who have no reviews at all, because of the “newbie” freelancer had offered a good explanation, have a better motivation (which is the most important) and sometimes had offered a better price, compared with the price of a gig offered by an “experienced” freelancer.

On another hand I had purchased number of times 5$ -20 $ Gigs from freelancers who have no reviews at all, because of the “newbie” freelancer had offered a good explanation, have a better motivation (which is the most important) and sometimes had offered a better price, compared with the price of a gig offered by an “experienced” freelancer.

Think outside of the box [image: UpMixed]
Think outside of the box [image: UpMixed]

 

Tip 6: Build connections

When I wrote “build connections”I meant the long term professional relationships.

I have tried and worked with many “new” freelancers. I still work from time to time with some of them. With the best ones.  At that time when I hired some of them, I was happy with the services they have provided for me. Now I still use their services, because we know each other well enough and they still provide excellent quality for me. Probably because the routine hasn’t changed their style or approach.

What I learned as experience when buying or selling services on Fiverr is that having good communication and relation with people really matters and helps. Besides, this also can save you precious time and money.

Knowing well the people who you work with is always beneficial. When you are familiar with the style and approach of a freelancer it’s easier to communicate, discuss and finally- agree on a project. After time you can work again with the same people thus avoiding the necessity of finding someone who you don’t know. Additionally, in many cases, you can ask for discounts or urgent delivery, etcetera. And something else – if you are happy from the service-there is nothing wrong to send a tip. Trust me – I know it helps to build trust and good relations.

To Summarize

Fiverr is still a great place to find and order some nice gigs, but as it is on any other micro jobs websites,
sometimes it can be quite tricky to find exactly what you look for and the right freelancer for a certain
project. I haven’t used it for the last few weeks, because I personally find AwsomeWeb is a way better
for me as a freelancer.

I hope the above tips will help you in your decision when choosing the best person to work with and decide better on the most suitable gig for your purposes, regardless if you use Freelancer, Fiverr, GigBucks or any other website, providing Micro jobs services.

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