You want to get started with freelance writing, which means finding clients. Someone suggested Fiverr as a place to start. It’s best to avoid sites like Fiverr as much as possible for your writing clients.
I know I’ll sound a bit like a hypocrite. I used Fiverr and sites like it in the past to get freelance writing clients. However, I’ve pulled away from them. I now get my clients through word of mouth and privately through emails and video calls. I left Fiverr a few years ago, and it’s a move that I definitely don’t regret.
Fiverr and site slike Fiverr used to cause a huge headache. For a while, they were good. This was back in 2011, though, when they were still new. It was easy to get established on them and build a selection of reliable and trustworthy clients. Then as the sites grew, things changed, and not for the better.
Sites like Fiverr don’t have sellers at heart
Those who are running Fiverr and sites like it don’t care about your business. They only care about their business. Selling sites will always have the buyers at heart rather than the sellers.
Sure, if all sellers left, there wouldn’t be anything for buyers. However, that’s just not going to happen. There are always going to be people who use sites like Fiverr for their business needs. It could be cheap writing, a quick logo, or even a video presentation. They will always sell their products on there for a quick buck.
If all the buyers left because of negative experiences with sellers, Fiverr and sites like it would be in trouble. Word spreads about sites, and Fiverr could see itself losing the buyers.
It’s better to annoy a few sellers than it is a few buyers.
Buyers expect the world for peanuts
I’ll be honest; one of the worst things about sites like Fiverr have been the clients who don’t want to spend a lot of money. I have it in the private world, too. Clients who want to pay peanuts will always expect the world. They demand revision after revision despite following all the guidelines. They pay no attention to boundaries set and threaten negative reviews and chargebacks if they don’t get what they want.
The sites don’t help you as a seller when this happens. You’ve got to keep the buyer happy or risk a dock to your level or your rating. It doesn’t matter if you are in the right.
There are too many people like that on sites like Fiverr. It became stressful trying to figure out if the new buyer would be another PITA or if I’d have a good experience. As it became a case of more bad than good, I left.
I make more without Fiverr because I am not limited to the types of packages the site makes you set up. I get to charge the rates I want, and I’m less likely to come across the cheap clients who don’t understand the value of the content I offer them.
I’ve said it all before when I shared why I quit writing at Fiverr. The truth is nothing has changed. I haven’t been back to write, but I still hear a lot about it from other writers. They all have the same complaints I did when I left. There are better ways to get clients, and you’ll find the clients that you’re worth when you look privately. Now is the time to get off Fiverr and sites like it.
What do you think of sites like Fiverr? How are you finding your private clients? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments below.