How to Save Money by Outsourcing Your Job to Fiverr
If you are a regular reader of this blog you might know that I earn 4 figure income monthly by selling gigs on Fiverr.
A couple of years ago, I read an article published on DailyBlogTips.com which explains how Daniel, the author of the blog used Fiverr to make one of his posts viral on social media by buying social media sharing gigs on Fiverr. The story was incredible. Buying a gig worth $5, and making a post viral by getting social media shares sounds crazy for me.
At that time I was about to launch my premium ebook for sale. As the topic of the ebook is in a narrow niche, I thought creating an explainer video is a must so that I could better explain what the ebook is all about. I was sure that such a video will also encourage my blog readers to buy the ebook. So I decided to give Fiverr a try by outsourcing the job of creating explainer video to Fiverr.
And, boy! The result was pretty good. Have a look at that explainer video below.
Nonetheless to say, the work costs more than $5.
However, it was just a beginning. Since then, I bought a lot of gigs on Fiverr for different purposes. The community there was awesome. Gradually, after a couple of years I now successfully sell gigs there on Fiverr, and make 4 figure income consistently per month.
So this article is all about my experience of using Fiverr as a buyer. I hope this will be helpful for everyone to find a talented freelancer on Fiverr so that you can outsource the job, and thereby save up to a few hundred dollars.
How to Find a Perfect Talented Freelancer (aka Gig Seller) on Fiverr
Let’s say you are looking for a graphic designer to design a cartoonish looking avatar image resembles your face.
So how would you find a perfect talented freelancer on Fiverr who understand your need and deliver exactly what you are looking for?
Here are 5 things I used to consider while hiring a gig seller
#1. Go to category page and pick the best gig
So you have a job to be done, to cartoonize your profile pic. And, you know you will have to to find a gig seller from Fiverr who offer that job.
Nice! So the first you think you’ll be doing is to go to Fiverr.com site.
Though, this may sound too silly, there are plenty of ways you could find the best talented gig seller on Fiverr.
- Random pick: Randomly select any gig on Fiverr.com and buy it.
- Use Fiverr Search bar: Simply use the Fiverr search bar. Type a keyword and hit search. You’ll see a lot of gigs there so you can buy a suitable one
- Find from Categories: Instead of using search bar, go to categories, have a look at the top talents on a specific category and buy the gig from the best freelancer.
Why I go to Category page to find a gig?
I always prefer finding gigs by manually looking at the category page over using the search bar right away.
I manually go to category page for a reason.
The problem of searching directly is that sometimes you would be shown the gigs which are ‘cool enough’ but not the best gigs under a specific category. It is because Fiverr wants to give exposure for less known or newly created gigs apart from promoting the top notch gigs.
So chances exists that, if you simply search on Fiverr using a keyword, you may be ended up with the results page fed up with gigs which were newly created or gigs which doesn’t really have big portfolio.
So instead of searching directly, if you look gigs at categories page, most of the time you could find the top notch gigs out there under that particular category
There are some cases when you would need a specific gig that could not be directly found by looking at categories section.For example, if you are looking for a landing page designer who work on OptimizePress theme specifically, you may need to search it using the search bar because not every landing page designers on Fiverr work on OptimizePress platform. So it would be harder for finding a gig seller who work on that specific platform by simply looking at the categories section.
That’s one case.
If you are not looking for such specific gig sellers, for better results you may manually go to category page and find the provider right from there. Let’s say that you are looking for logo to be designed for your website. So instead of searching logo design on search bar, you could find it via category page as there is a separate section for logo designing under the graphics & design category.
#2. Top rated or level 2 seller
One of the first things I look while hiring someone on Fiverr is their level. According to sellers expertise, Fiverr sellers are broadly classified into 4 levels. Level 0, 1, 2 and Top rated.
Read more about making money from Fiverr here.
Level 0 is default level and top rated sellers are the most premium sellers on Fiverr. Top rated sellers are hand-picked by Fiverr admins. I always try to buy gigs from top rated sellers or Level 2 sellers only.
#3. Reviewing the buyer submitted reviews
I used to scroll down and read the reviews submitted by the buyers rather than just looking at the average number of stars a gig receives.
Though, most of the reviews would be biased, some of the reviews would be extremely helpful to analyse the pros and cons of a seller.
#4. Pending no. of works to be delivered
As a seller myself, I know if we have too much orders to be delivered, our overall communication with buyers may get delayed. To be honest, having too much orders to deliver sometimes even affect the quality of the work.
So I used to avoid the sellers who have too much orders in queue to be delivered. However, some sellers would be too good in taking care of the number of orders in the queue. This can be properly analysed by reading the buyer submitted reviews.
If previous buyers are complaining about the delivery time or poor communication, you could have a look at another vendor who provides the same job.
#5. Always contact the sellers before buying
Contacting sellers before buying can be helpful in many ways. Some of the sellers on Fiverr are bad communicators. So better to ask some relevant questions you might have before buying the gig. If you are getting generic reply, either the seller could be one of those bad communicators or the seller is not giving full attention to know what you actually needed.
Also, ask what info they needed in order to get started with the work especially if they don’t specify the requirements in the gig description.
Deciding to buy a gig or not to buy
So we just discussed how to find a good talents on Fiverr. However, not every job can be done via Fiverr platform especially if the project is a too big like developing complex websites. Remember, Fiverr was initially made as a platform for selling small services only. So sometimes you may feel harder to complete bigger projects under that platform.
In addition, unlike other freelancing sites like Odesk or elance, Fiverr has fewer tools and resources. So before jumping straight away to buy a gig, it is better keep few things in your mind.
#1: Communication is the key
Before starting the work of my explainer video, I clearly communicated and explained to the seller about what actually I am looking for. So I asked him what all are the things he needed exactly for getting started with the work.
He told me that apart from the script, he will also need voice-over to be played as background before starting with the work. So I find another seller who provides voice-over who is also native speaker, and deliver the mp3 file to the video guy.
So as everything was given prior to starting the work as per the request, and as the communication was perfect between us, the work had completed successfully without any hassle.
#2: Make sure the work can be delivered in specified time duration
Most of the gigs on Fiverr are created for delivering small services. So if you buy that gig for a bigger project, chances exists that it could not be delivered within the specified time period. So ask the seller for expedited delivery time before buying.
If you have ever bought a gig from Fiverr, you may know that Fiverr marks an order as completed after 3 days of delivery. The problem is that for bigger projects, the revision of the order may take more than 3 days.
So it is better to make sure the work is completed not just kept for buyer review while delivering the order, especially if the project is comparatively bigger.
Over to you
Have you ever bought a gig from Fiverr? What was your buying experience there? Would you like to buy more gigs?
I would like to hear from you on the comments section.