I wrote an article a month ago about my impressions from using Fiverr as a tool for online freelance writing. I’d only been using Fiverr for a week, and wasn’t ready to pass judgement, but now I’ve hit the thirty day mark and I feel I’ve got a pretty good grasp on what Fiverr has to offer freelance writers. Especially those looking to get their start or expand their business.
It’s not a great tool for experienced freelance writers looking to make the big bucks. The pay cap on Fiverr is stifling, but for beginners, it’s a good tool and there is money to be made, even for experienced writers. My Fiverr writing gig managed to generate a total of 47 gigs, for a total income just shy of $200, in its first thirty days.
It’s not a lot, but it’s better than nothing. The best part is I didn’t have to read a single job posting or submit any proposals. Once my gig started running, the jobs started rolling in. I’d bang out the article, send it to my client and collect my $5 ($4 after fees).
Waiting the first fourteen days for my payments to become available was a bit of a downer, but after two weeks it became less of an issue as I now have funds clearing every day. The first withdrawal to my PayPal account was smooth and only took a few minutes. Much better than the Elance system that can take up to 48 hours.
As for the work, most of it is pretty basic. During my first week, I was happy with the Fiverr writing gigs that took twenty minutes to write. I figured with that pace, I’d be on track for about $20 an hour. After a month of writing gigs, my average is closer to 15 minutes per article. It can be as low as 10 minutes if I’m already familiar with the subject matter.
Many writers will tell you that you can’t produce quality work in that amount of time. I respectfully disagree. Over half my Fiverr clients have purchased second and third writing gigs from me. They obviously believe they’re getting their money’s worth.
Occasionally, a job shows up that takes a half-hour, maybe longer, and I’ve had to cancel two so far because the requirements were way outside the scope of the service I was offering. Both times the buyer understood. Three times I asked the buyer to purchase additional gigs because they were asking for extra content like length or screenshots. Every time they did so. So there were a few gigs that paid double or triple the standard $5.
Overall, I’m still satisfied with the results from my time on Fiverr. Now that I’ve hit Level 1 status, I’ve unlocked the Gig Extras feature. I can now include up-sells for extra length, photos and screenshots in the initial gig purchase. I’m expecting that this will bump up the bottom line for next month.